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Council announces £1.5m for highway improvements

Parking, roads and transport

15 July 2022

Image of traffic cones at a road closure

At the meeting of its Executive yesterday, North Northamptonshire Council approved setting aside £1.5million from the Council’s budget underspend for 2021/22. 

The money will be put into a reserve specifically to enable repairs across North Northamptonshire including:

  • potholes
  • white line painting
  • clearance of overgrown vegetation
  • sign cleaning
  • and more

These works are additional to budget commitments already made in Highways services.

The Council’s draft budget outturn report reflects a really positive first year which has had its challenges, but we have demonstrated good financial management and this will help us manage emerging pressures in 2022/23.

I believe sound financial management is essential and I am very conscious that this is taxpayer’s money. I therefore feel it is important that this underspend is used to invest in important areas for our residents and communities such as improving the quality of our roads, repairing potholes, white lining, sign cleaning and cutting back vegetation.
Councillor Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council
Our roads and pavements are used by everybody and it’s great that we can invest this money in their upkeep as well as trim overgrown trees and bushes. It’s also important that we keep our signage and white lines clean and clear as well for the safety of road users.

£1.5m is a significant sum that will enable us to further enhance the improvements that we are already making to the network. Together with the innovative new contract just awarded to Kier, I'm really delighted that residents can look forward to seeing better surfaces for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers in many places, paid for by good housekeeping.
Councillor Graham Lawman, Executive Member for Highways, Travel and Assets