A sum of £10million will be spent on fixing rural roads across Suffolk that are blighted by potholes and other damage. 

Suffolk County Council has announced that the funding will be targeted at smaller residential streets, which are typically maintained less frequently than busier A and B roads. 

The grant will nearly double Suffolk Highways’ £11m annual road maintenance budget. 

Speaking about the funding, Suffolk County Council’s leader, councillor Matthew Hicks, said that smaller roads across the county also need "some love and attention".  

East Anglian Daily Times: Suffolk County Council’s leader, councillor Matthew HicksSuffolk County Council’s leader, councillor Matthew Hicks (Image: Suffolk County Council)

He added: "Let me be clear, the state of some of our roads is not good enough.  

"That is why today I am announcing a major investment to improve roads across the county where people live.  

"To do this, we will set aside a further £10 million to be spent over the next 20 months reaching these locations across our county, and I look forward to this being delivered with our new partner Milestone." 

The funding is subject to a formal cabinet decision, which will follow later this year. 

Long Melford is one village that has faced issues with potholes in recent years.

District councillor for Long Melford, John Nunn, who has been appealing to the council to repair potholes in his area, said: "I am glad Cllr Hicks of Suffolk County Council has finally admitted the state of our roads are not good enough, and I look forward to these promises being put into action. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Councillor John Nunn, Babergh District CouncilCouncillor John Nunn, Babergh District Council (Image: Babergh District Council)

"As a Babergh district councillor for many years, I have fought to get more done on our roads, many of our minor roads are in an appalling state of repair. We will wait and see.  

"Long Melford Heritage Trust Archaeological unit of which I am chairman recently excavated a section of a 2000-year-old Roman Road in the village, and it was in a surprisingly good condition, take note SCC." 

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Former BBC Radio Suffolk presenter, Mark Murphy, who many times raised the issue in his programme, added: "Any extra money has got to be welcomed.

"I, like many motorists, look forward to a smoother ride and less damage to our vehicles."

East Anglian Daily Times: Potholes in Windmill Hill in Long Melford, NewsquestPotholes in Windmill Hill in Long Melford, Newsquest (Image: Newsquest)