There was some good news for local drivers today.

A six-figure-sum has been handed to Kirklees Council to put towards its pothole crisis.

Councils across the country have now found out how much of the Government’s £250m ‘Pothole Action Fund’ they will get over the next five years.

Kirklees Council will receive £325,000 – which the Government says should help it fill more than 6,000 potholes.

But with more than 40,000 potholes reported every year in Kirklees, the money will only make a small dent in the huge backlog of road defects.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “I know how important well-maintained roads are to people across Yorkshire.

Potholes in New Hey Road, Oakes

“Almost every journey starts and ends on a local road, so the government is giving councils in the region £5.2 million specifically to tackle the blight of potholes in their area.”

Last month Kirklees Council said it had repaired over 25,000 potholes in the past 12 months – or eight for every mile of road in Kirklees.

But it said the wet winter had taken a “heavy toll” on the roads and keeping them in reasonable repair required constant work.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said the £50m per year cash fell short of what was required to fix the nation’s crumbling roads.

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Councillor Martin Tett, the LGA’s transport spokesman, said budget restrictions meant councils were in a “frustrating cycle” where they could only afford to “patch up” roads rather than carry out resurfacing projects.

He said: “While £50 million is a step in the right direction, councils need more than 230 times that amount to cover the £11.8 billion cost to bring our roads up to scratch.

“The money announced today will help those councils receiving it to tackle potholes, but it would not even completely cover the cost of the £69 million faced by the average authority to bring its roads up to a reasonable condition.”

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Motoring organisations also called for urgent action to be taken.

AA president Edmund King said £50m to repair potholes “can only be described as a drop in the ocean”, adding: “It is a false economy to put off until tomorrow what everyone knows needs to be done now.”

In all, Yorkshire councils received a total of £5.2m – enough to fill almost 100,000 potholes.

Only one metropolitan Yorkshire council received more money than Kirklees.

Leeds City Council netted £475,000 while Calderdale got just £187,000.

North Yorkshire County Council has been granted £1.6m, while the East Riding has received £690,000.