£11 million pounds could be invested in repairing potholes in Essex. Proposals are being decided on today and if they get the go ahead work could start later this month.

While over 50,000 potholes were fixed across Essex in 2011/12, extreme weather conditions including heavy snowfall in the winter, followed by a hot dry spring and then by severe flooding, have caused damage to the county's roads and increased the need for repairs. More than 50-thousand potholes have been already repaired across the county in the last year.

The first phase of the programme will start this month and will target the number of outstanding defects waiting for repair across Essex. The second phase of work will start in November 2012 and will focus on strengthening the road network to ensure that fewer potholes occur in the longer term.

In addition to this proposed investment, Essex County Council will also start work on its annual surface dressing programme. This is a 10-week programme that will see surface dressing carried out on 1.6 million square metres of road across the county. This year's programme is a third larger than last year's.

"The recent weather extremes have taken a severe toll on our roads and we are determined to get them back to the standard our residents deserve. I understand how frustrating potholes can be, which is why we are determined to fix as many as possible and make sure that they don't return in the future. This extra investment of £11 million confirms our commitment to maintaining and improving the condition of our roads, which we recognise is an absolute priority for businesses and residents across the county."

"The different extremes of weather in recent months have caused damage to the network so this significant extra investment is required. It confirms our commitment to improving the condition of our county's roads."