Highways bosses have welcomed an increase of £500,000 in funding to tackle potholes.

Staffordshire County Council has been awarded almost £1.million to help fight problems with the region’s roads.

However, the core budget for road maintenance has been reduced to £17.8m, down from £18.4m.

But Cllr Mark Deaville, the Cabinet member for highways and transport in Staffordshire, said the authority was determined to get make the most of the money it has received.

“Maintaining good roads are important to the council, to local communities and to businesses and any further investment to tackle potholes is always welcome,” he said. “This year we used some of the pothole money to bring in three ‘pothole blitzing’ roadmaster machines into the county and we will now be looking at how we can invest next year’s allocation to get the maximum benefits for road users and the best value for money for taxpayers.

“Although we welcome the news, it is important to remember that as well as fixing existing potholes, new ones are also occurring, so it is an ongoing challenge especially in a county the size of Staffordshire to keep on top of the backlog.”

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