Potholes leave £10m repair bill

Potholes left in the roads after the Arctic conditions of the big freeze will cost one county council £10 million in repairs, it has emerged.

A North Yorkshire County Council spokeswoman said gritting services during the coldest winter in decades would also account for a further £9 million - taking the total cost to nearly £20 million.

The council plans to cover some of the costs of the repairs with a 2.94% rise in council tax for 2010. The figure is the lowest rise in 16 years. However, if the roads had not been so badly damaged it could have been even lower.

The increase would see the bill for an average Band D property reach £1057.48 - a rise of 58p a week.

County Councillor John Weighell, leader of the council, said although low council tax was important - money for roads had to be found.

He said in a statement: "It is essential that we are able to offer that vital support, and we cannot do so without making a small increase in the tax we levy."

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