An extra £2.2million will be used to tackle the problem of potholes on local roads, Staffordshire County Council has confirmed.

Roads in Lichfield and Burntwood will be among those targeted after the Government confirmed the additional cash.

It comes on top of an extra £5million the county council has said it will spend tackling the problem of potholes.

Cllr Helen Fisher

Cllr Helen Fisher, Cabinet support member for highways and transport at Staffordshire County Council, said: “We will have invested an extra £10million over two years both in tackling potholes and in preventative treatment to help stop them occurring in the first place. Last year this allowed us to fix around, 35,000 potholes compared to 20,000 in a typical year.

“However, with a county the size of Staffordshire this is always going to be a challenge and the prolonged ice and even snow in March has created even more potholes, so I am pleased that the Government has recognised the impact of the recent severe weather by announcing this extra funding.”

With more bad weather potentially in the pipeline over the Easter weekend, the county council will be launching its pothole campaign in early April.

Cllr Fisher added: “Although the announcement is good news, we haven’t had official confirmation of when we will receive the money or how we can spend it, so we will need to look at the detail before deciding on the best way to use the extra investment, on top of the £5million we are spending to get the best results for our communities.”

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