The Chancellor of the Exchequer had announced in the Budget 2018, that the Government was allocating £420 million in the 2018/19 financial year for local highways maintenance, including the report of potholes, to keep local bridges and structures open and safe, as well as to help aid other minor highway works that may be needed.
The Department for Transport (DFT) had allocated an additional £812,000 to Middlesbrough Council. The grant could be used for the purpose that a capital receipt could be used in accordance with regulations made under section 11 of the Local Government Act 2003.
The correspondence from the DFT had indicated that they expected the authority to publish a brief note on its website by the end of March 2019, copied to the DFT, setting out how the funding that had been allocated to authorities earlier this financial year and this new extra funding had been utilised. They had also requested, where feasible, that the authority publish pictorial evidence on the Council's website which showed the 'before' and 'after' of each repair undertaken.
Other potential decisions and why these had not been recommended:
Not approve the allocation of the pothole fund award. This had not been recommended as it would result in a delay of the delivery of any planned works programme. A programme of works could not be effectively progressed without an appropriate allocation of funds being agreed at the earliest opportunity. This may have resulted in delays and negative impact upon residents and the local economy through a combination of ineffective planning and timescales being sympathetic to the workload.
The Director of Environment and Commercial Services referred to the final bullet point at the top of page 3 of the report, and advised that 'Cathorne Cresent resurfacing' ought to read 'Crathorne Cresent resurfacing'.
That the recommendations for funding allocation, to be allocated as follows, be approved:-
Replacement of Stainton Way Vehicle Restraint System;
Repair of Damaged Section of A66 Vehicle Restraint System;
Carriageway Plaining and Patching Programme across Middlesbrough in areas of high need;
A66 Carriageway Resilience Works;
A66 - Newport to Hartington resurfacing (both carriageways);
Acklam Road resurfacing (Ayresome Green Lane to Barnaby Ave);
Bethune Road resurfacing (Northern Road to Maldon);
Bishop Street resurfacing (West Lane to Corder);
Corder resurfacing (Stockton Road to Connaught); and
Crathorne Crescent resurfacing.
In order for the allocation of appropriate resource and efficient delivery of a programme of works appropriate to the funding award.