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Major government investment to fix county's potholes

Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt has announced that Gloucestershire will receive a further £3.8 million in Government cash to fix potholes.

Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk's long campaign to improve the conditions of the Spa town's roads has taken a major step forward.

Following the announcement, Mr Chalk is now campaigning to ensure that Cheltenham gets its fair share of the funding and is calling an urgent meeting with Gloucestershire County Council's highways department to push for further sites to be added to Cheltenham's repairs programme.

Mr Chalk has also been clear that proper resurfacing rather than short-term bodge repairs is the answer.

The MP meets with the highways department regularly to call for road repairs and at his recent meeting earlier this month he submitted 58 pothole and resurfacing requests.

Alex Chalk said: "The condition of Cheltenham's roads is a real bugbear of mine. It is something I contact highways about regularly and have been campaigning on since I was first elected in 2015. I see resurfacing as the best solution, rather than the temporary 'patch-and-mend' of pothole filling.

"That's why I pressed for resurfacing of roads which previously had seen what I called 'cowpat' repairs, which simply washed out in the first frost. Over recent months and years we have seen progress, with roads such as Pittville Circus Road, Selkirk Street, Tennyson Road and Robert Burns Avenue, to name a few, being resurfaced. But I know there is more to be done.

"So I am delighted that the Chancellor has agreed to my calls for more investment in Cheltenham's roads and I will be calling an urgent meeting with the highways department to push for further sites to be added to Cheltenham's repairs programme."

Cheltenham residents can report any roads that require repairs on www.alexchalk.com/grot-spots 

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