Fund to tackle pothole repairs

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More than £800,000 is to be spent on tackling Derbyshire’s pothole problem.

The repairs were due to begin on Monday and were announced by the Conservative-led county council.

The authority said it had received more than 1,000 calls a week about the state of roads.

The situation has been made worse by cold, wet weather in recent weeks.

The money includes a £300,000 emergency fund, from council reserves, to be spent in the next three weeks.

The authority said the backlog of unrepaired potholes was growing even though in recent weeks it had hired 10 extra road repair teams. The emergency fund will be spent on hiring more contractors to try to clear the backlog.

The council is also purchasing a £50,000 high-pressure road repair machine. Workmen will use that to blast water and debris out of potholes before filling them with asphalt.

The council will receive a further £500,000 from the Government in April to spend on pothole repairs in the next financial year.