Roads set for £1.5m in repairs

A £1.5 MILLION plan to repair damaged roads across Scarborough is set to be announced shortly.

The money is part of an £11.5 million funding package for its road repair programme announced by North Yorkshire County Council earlier this year.

Nearly £7 million was granted by the Department of Transport after it announced it was doubling its pothole repair fund for local authorities across England to £200 million earlier this year.

A recent report from Labour’s Shadow Roads Minister, John Woodcock, surveyed 111 local authorities across England.

The report highlighted North Yorkshire County Council as one of the five worst, with estimated backlogs topping £400 million to achieve a gold-plated standard of roads.

North Yorkshire County Council’s assistant director for highways, Barrie Mason, said: “We are trying to time the works as best we can – for Scarborough we didn’t want to do it during the tourist season.

“This is something that we have moved forward with as quickly as possible.”

New cycle routes and footpaths have all been scrapped to help contribute to the repairs backlog.