There was some excitement last week when the government announced extra funding to tackle “pothole” repairs. The top line figure bandied around was an increase of £5.6 million.
That would have effectively doubled the York Councils highway repairs budget.
It turns out that this included already committed grants which have already been allocated to cover this years repairs programme.
The actual new money increase is £1.8 million.
Even this is not additional money. As the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation has now made clear, it is simply expenditure being re categorised.
It is not the first time that a government has announced the same spending decision on multiple occasions.
Still a substantial sum but, to put it into context, last year the Council spent £1/2 million just repairing one street (Stonegate).
The sooner the Council comes up with proposals – including the use of funds delegated to wards – for the resurfacing programme for this year the better.
Roads will only get busier as the virus threat recedes and people get back to their more normal lifestyles. Road closures and subsequent delays later in the year could impede the City’s economic recovery.
There must be a sense of urgency