CHESHIRE County Council is giving a £2.1 million boost to motorists and pedestrians with extra funding being spent on road and pavement repairs.
The money has been saved from a budget which funds the amount of waste going into landfill. The amount is forecast to be down by over 50,000 tonnes this year and this 20% drop in waste going to landfill makes the £2.1 million available.
Money will now be spent repairing mainly estate and rural roads and pavements and it is hoped that the work will take place before the end of March.
“There has been a significant fall in the amount of rubbish we are having to landfill” said Environment Executive Member Andrew Needham.
“This reduction compared to last year’s figure is because of two main reasons.
“Recycling at our Household Waste Recycling Centres has more than doubled to 65% under our new contractor HW Martin, and this new contract has seen a 50% reduction in landfill from the centres. There have also been further improvements in kerbside recycling undertaken by the district councils.”
The £2.1 million will be distributed based on the lengths of footways and unclassified rural and urban roads in each of the six districts and will be funded to authorities including: Ellesmere Port and Neston £211,000, Chester £401,000, Vale Royal £381,000 and Crewe and Nantwich £338,000
“I am delighted with this unexpected New Year present for the motorists and pedestrians of Cheshire” said County Council Executive Member for Highways and Transportation Eveleigh Moore-Dutton.
“Obviously the work will be weather-dependent, but we expect the investment to be spent by the end of March.
“Normally principal roads and then B and C roads take priority and I know that many residents will be pleased that we will be undertaking maintenance work on estate and rural roads and pavements.”