10:10AM, Thursday 24 July 2014
The Department for Transport (DfT) has handed the Royal Borough £2.1m to aid its highway recovery efforts following the wettest winter on record.
A council report recommends the money is focused on road repairs, footways, public rights of way, the Thames Path, flood recovery and grants for private road repairs.
At a full council meeting on Tuesday, Cllr Geoff Hill, cabinet member for highways and transport, said the cash injection 'more than doubles' the usual budget and the allocation of the funding is very flexible.
The majority of the money, more than £1.5m, has been set aside for road repairs.
"It's been an absolute nightmare for residents," said Cllr Hill.
"It's my job to repair all the damage that was done by the flooding.
"We have been very, very proactive about getting contractors geared up to do the work.
"It's very flexible as new roads come up that are in dire need of repair."
He added the benefits of the increased grant are already evident and the cash has been spread around the borough, with the most serious situations being tackled first.
The council also has the power to undertake work in private streets if it considers the highway to be unsafe.
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