Department for Transport (DfT) Funding
In December 2014, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced that £6 billion would be made available between 2015-16 and 2020-21 for local highways maintenance funding.
Of this, £578 million has been set aside for an incentive fund scheme to reward councils that demonstrate delivery of value for money through cost effective improvements.
DfT Incentive Funding is awarded annually based on the performance of the Council’s highway service against five key areas; asset management policy and strategy, communications, performance management and maintenance, asset data management and lifecycle planning.
Cheshire East Council have achieved 100% of available incentive funding for the current financial year.
Pothole action fund
Cheshire East Council received an additional £534,000 capital grant for 2016/17 from the Pothole Action Fund.
This funding had to be spent on permanently fixing potholes, or measures to stop them forming in the first place in line with DfT guidance. This money was additional to, and did not replace, Cheshire East Council’s annual allocated budget of £708,207 for pothole repairs. It was used solely for the purposes of road maintenance.