Fix our funds to fix our roads

For 2019/20 Lincolnshire County Council had its maintenance funding from the Government cut by a massive £12m. This was to have a huge effect on the county’s roads.

Because of the cash cut, county councillors voted to fill the void so that essential road works could still be carried out. They did this using council funding reserves for the year – but this is something that they won’t be able to do in the future.

This missing £12m pays for filling 24,000 potholes and rebuilding 37 miles of deteriorating road per year.

Now, as the Department for Transport begins looking

For 2019/20 Lincolnshire County Council had its maintenance funding from the Government cut by a massive £12m. This was to have a huge effect on the county’s roads.

Because of the cash cut, county councillors voted to fill the void so that essential road works could still be carried out. They did this using council funding reserves for the year – but this is something that they won’t be able to do in the future.

This missing £12m pays for filling 24,000 potholes and rebuilding 37 miles of deteriorating road per year.

Now, as the Department for Transport begins looking at funding allocations for 2022/23, we are calling on the Government to repair the £12m pothole it has left in our roads.

Cllr Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “It was incredibly disappointing when the Government cut our highways funding by 25% last February.

"We’re a large rural county and our residents place a huge amount of importance on well-maintained roads – something we’re doing our best to deliver but are struggling to fund.”

And this is where we need you to add your voice to our campaign to Fix the Funding so that we can Fix the Roads.

If you’ve been personally affected by poor road conditions, or your business has suffered as a result of the road system not being as good as it should be, then this is where your story matters most.

We want to hear from you. If you live or work in Lincolnshire then tell us about the impact this loss of funding has had on you. Join our fight for reinstating the crucial cash right here.

How does the current state of the road network affect you? As highways continue to degrade what will the long term effects be on you or your business? Tell us.

Every single story that you share with us really matters and is a valuable addition to the campaign for the missing millions in funding.

By talking about this we can all come together to campaign Government directly.

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  • Fixing roads is bad, actually

    by Adam N, 24 days ago

    The reason behind road disrepair is that the cost of running road vehicles is not equivalent to the negative consequences of driving them. We should reduce speed limits and implement road tolls where it makes sense, as well as tax vehicles based on curb weight so that vehicles that do more wear to our roads are responsible for keeping them maintained. The money raised through these measures can be used for road maintenance, but also for things like offsetting air pollution and investing in more efficient public transport.

    Not everything here is something local councils can directly tackle, but a... Continue reading

  • Difficulties for road users

    by Chriske, about 2 months ago
    There are many roads in Lincolnshire which need attention, and I do understanding the financial difficulties of the council, and where they need to prioritise the money they have. The Government seem to expect the councils to do more and more with less and less money, however there are roads that need attention, such as Martin village, Church Road run off just before the bridge, leading to Churchill Drive. I also cannot understand the need for a 40mph speed limit on Martin South Drove, when that road is significantly better than many others with a higher speed limit.
  • We need better roads

    by Sjtee, about 2 months ago
    With so many agricultural machines and tractors and lorries using our roads we need better maintenance!
  • BETTER NEIGHBOURS ?

    by Corby Lincs, about 2 months ago
    Why are the roads in neighbouring rural counties so much better than those in Lincolnshire. I drive regularly along as route that takes me through a part of Rutland - you can tell at once when you cross the county boundary as the Rutland roads are so much smoother and better maintained - no potholes, for a start. Ditto Norfolk - the contrast with Lincolnshire's disintegrating roads is stark. Even Leicestershire roads are not quite so bad.
  • Whaplode Drove

    by David Barfoot, about 2 months ago

    South Holland District is the forgotten County, the roads have become more dangerous over the years. Lack of Investment the main problem. The area where I live roads are getting passed repair. At one time we were locked in the village with all the roads closed due to the roads being bodged up by contractors. They leave 1 Pot Hole return later in the month to fill another, more money in the Bank. My Concern, who oversees & is responsibly for this? No one seems to take reasonability.

  • BARDNEY CAUSEWAY

    by Andrewdryden, 2 months ago
    The Bardney Causeway is in a disgusting state the cracks in the road are now vey dangerous, and what has the council done, just put up 40 mph speed limit signs. Are the council waiting for someone else to die before they fix the road. I saw a cyclist get his wheel trapped and was surprised that he did not hurt himself. This road is long overdue a proper repair not jut a bit of tar here and there
  • Janfizz

    by Janfizz, 2 months ago
    Surely roads and maintenance should be a priority in Lincolnshire. Without a decent road system and surface, any vehicle is subject to damage and subsequent costs.Why do we pay council taxes, which are increasing annually.? Those costs should be covering all local aspects.
  • SUSPENSION AND TYRE DAMAGE

    by paulmabbo, 2 months ago
    I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO AVOID POTHOLES DUE TO NARROW ROADS AND ONCOMING TRAFFIC.


    MY GARAGE HAS JUST DONE A ROUTINE SAFETY CHECK ON MY CAR AND FOUND THAT THE FRONT NEARSIDE DAMPER AND TYRE NEED REPLACING AT A COST NEARLY £500.00

    SURELY IT MUST BE CHEAPER FOR THE COUNTRY TO REPAIR ROADS THAN REPAIR CAR DAMAGE??

    DAMAGE TO CARS BY NOT REPAIRING THE ROADS MUST BE COSTING THE COUNTRY BILLIONS!!

  • Suspension Damage

    by PaulHirons, 2 months ago
    I have had to have the front suspension on our car repaired several times because of the potholes on the back roads in Skegness. The roads are a patchwork quilt of temporary repairs. They are a disgrace.
  • Repairs to road are terrible

    by 205km, 2 months ago
    This year our road got resurfaced and now the road is in a worse state then before. The used the black sticky stuff and the just dumped loads of lose gravel on it. 6 months later lose small stones are still coming of this road and the old road surface is coming through in patches. I wish they had not bothered with it. The speed bump did not get treated at all. The pavement got also treated with some black paint like stuff. They hadn’t even bothered to brush the leaves away and painted the stuff straight over it and... Continue reading
Page last updated: 23 Jan 2023, 10:18 AM