Pothole claims in Lincolnshire halve in three years

Image caption, The council received an extra £2.7m from the government in 2010 to help repair the roads

Lincolnshire County Council has paid out almost £76,000 in compensation to individuals relating to potholes and highways maintenance over three years.

But BBC research found the figure had almost halved from £33,025 for 2008/09 to £17,351 for 2010/11.

The Conservative-led council also faces a £367,000 cut in its highways budget this year but said it was confident roads could be kept safe.

The authority needs to make total savings of £57m for 2011/12.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the county council said: "Whilst it is always beneficial to receive an increased budget for highway maintenance, the council believes that the proposed settlement does allow maintenance of a safe and efficient highway network."

The highways budget in 2010/11 was £25,585,000 and is expected to be £25,218,000 for 2011/12.

Plans for Lincoln's Eastern Bypass have also been put on hold after the government announced its Spending Review in October 2010.

Planners have submitted new plans which will cost £88m rather than the original £130m. The government will decide by the end of the year which projects can go ahead.

In April 2010, Lincolnshire County Council was given an extra £2.7m by the government for road repairs.

Last week the government announced £100m was being made available to councils which had to repair roads after a particularly harsh winter.

The council is responsible for looking after about 5,600 miles (9,000km) of roads.

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