The Council has conceded this week that the total cost of bringing Leeds roads up to standard in terms of maintenance is £87.5m. The figure is astronomical and whilst the Council looks to the Government for additional funding some might think that it reflects Council under-investment in the city’s road network. The Government has allocated an additional £711k to deal with potholes so could the Council also invest additional money above current levels in its highways maintenance programme?

The average Council tax payer will see roads as a key responsibility for the local authority and might expect more than a call for more national investment.