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More Money To Fill Ashfield & Mansfield Potholes Could Be On The Cards

2nd September 2021
Mansfield, Ashfield

More Money To Fill Ashfield & Mansfield Potholes Could Be On The Cards

The Ashfield Independent campaign to get an extra £1million spent on roads every year in places like Ashfield and Mansfield has taken a step closer.

This was after the Chairman of a high level review of how the County deals with our highways confirmed this is being looked at. 

Currently, Nottinghamshire County Council allocates money by length of roads and not usage of roads. 

This has led to areas like Newark and West Bridgford receiving over £1million MORE on highway’s maintenance every year than places like Ashfield, Broxtowe and Mansfield.     

The news came after questions by Councillor John Wilmott (Hucknall North) at the County Council’s Transport and Environment Committee.  Chairman of the committee – Councillor Neil Clarke (Conservative) confirmed that the Highway’s Review Panel will be ‘…considering proposals to change the allocation for funding from length of roads to usage of roads.’     

Councillor Tom Hollis, spokesperson for the Independent Group on Nottinghamshire County Council welcomed the change of heart. 

He said, “For the past 4 years, roads in towns like Newark and West Bridgford have enjoyed grand prix conditions whilst ones in places like Ashfield, Broxtowe and Mansfield would embarrass a third world country. 

The Conservatives talk about levelling up the country – they have failed to even level up the county.  The news that they are now considering our proposal is welcome – sometimes it has felt as though we are banging our heads against a brick wall. 

If the Council agree with the Independents then it will lead to the extra £1million for our roads a year – something we have campaigned to sort for years. 

As the representative for the Independent Group on this review panel, I will continue to make the obvious case for funding to be allocated by usage of roads and not length.”

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