Council gets extra road cash
Bath and North East Somerset Council is to receive an extra £1 million for essential road repairs, the Government has announced.
The cash is the district's share of a £215 million transport fund for highway maintenance.
It forms part of the additional £333 million earmarked for roads in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.
The Government says this is on top of the £3 billion funding already allocated for highways maintenance up to 2015, although the Local Government Association point out this is £442 million less than councils would have received over the same period based on 2010/11 funding levels.
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From the additional money, B&NES will get £663,000 in the coming year and £353,000 in 2014/15.
The extra cash can be used for improvements such as road resurfacing, maintenance to bridges or repairing damage caused by severe weather.
However, given the maintenance backlog faced by many local authorities and funding cuts, critics point out it represents a fraction of the total amount needed.