Council faces £8m bill for repairs to roads in the borough
CLOSE to £8 million is to be spent carrying out essential repairs to roads in the borough this financial year.
The spending – £7 million from the council's capital budget and £862,000 from Transport for London – is due for approval by the cabinet on Monday.
The cabinet is also expected to approve another £14 million, budget constraints permitting, on further improvements up to the 2015/16 financial year.
Money has already been committed to improve district centres such as Purley and Addiscombe.
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It is also intended money will be targeted to help repair the damage caused by three consecutive bad winters which has resulted in backlog of work.
A report to the cabinet also indicates these problems can no longer be dealt with on a "make do and mend basis" and need a more permanent solution.
It says: "The continual making safe and minor repairs of some paths and roads is not cost effective, as they have deteriorated to such an extent that small-scale repairs are no longer viable."
Councillor Phil Thomas, the council's cabinet for environment and highways, said: "The importance of keeping the borough's highways network in tip-top order can't be overstated."