An extra £1m for potholes in council’s budget

Nottinghamshire County Council agreed to plough an extra £1m into road maintenance after the public flagged potholes up as a ‘priority area’ in a nationwide consultation.

The council - which set its budget last week - will use the cash to fix 5,000 more potholes to the 36,000 already fixed each year.

More than £500m was budgeted to be spent on around 500 services, including public health, which the council becomes responsible for from April 1.

Council tax has been frozen for the fourth year on the run, and extra money has been put aside for vulnerable people, new school buildings, jobs for young people and local sports clubs.

By freezing council tax the council will get a £3m support grant from Government – equivalent to what would have been raised by a 1 per cent increase in the tax.

Cllr Reg Adair, chairman of finance and property at the council, said: “We have produced spending plans which maintains all our frontline services and invests in major infrastructure projects to benefit the county’s economy and create jobs.

“We have achieved this despite having to find £36m to fund increasing demand for services such as support for older people and children in care – all at the same time as freezing council tax for a fourth successive year.”

The council will need to make savings of £133m by 2017 to make up for a reduction in funding from central Government and to meet budget pressures.

Around half the savings will be reinvested in council services experiencing increased demand, such as support for older people and vulnerable children in care.

Copies of the full budget report are available to view at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk

•A £1m increase in road maintenance budgets, to fund repairs to at least 5,000 more potholes, in addition to the 36,000 potholes already filled each year

•A £500,000 youth employment strategy for new apprenticeships and job creation initiatives

•A £18m increase in budgets to meet extra demand for care services for older people and people with disabilities

•A £11.2m increase in funding to meet extra demand for places for children in the care of the Council

•An extra £700,000 for the Sports Legacy Fund, bringing the total funding for grassroots sports up to £1.7m

•A £133m capital programme for major infrastructure projects such as improvements to school buildings, Hucknall town centre redevelopment, new extra care centres of older people, a new bus station for Worksop, better broadband, a new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, improvements to the National Water Sports Centre and energy efficiency schemes