Leeds City Council's £1m road repairs bill

Council bosses in Leeds fear the city's winter weather woes could leave them saddled with a million pound road repair bill.

The city council spent more than 1m dealing with potholes and other damage to local highways caused by last winter's big freeze.

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And the authority says it could end up forking out the same amount again if Mother Nature follows through on her apparent intention to keep Leeds shivering for the second winter in a row.

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The city's recent cold snap was one of its worst early winter weather spells in decades, with road surface temperatures falling as low as minus 11C (12.2F).

Forecasters are now warning that Leeds will suffer more sub-zero conditions over the next few days. Snow is also predicted for tomorrow.

The fresh onslaught of Arctic weather comes as the authority faces up to a reduction in its annual government funding from 413m this year to 337m in 2012-13.

Coun Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council's executive board member for city development, said: "We still have three months of winter left and our gritting crews remain ready and waiting to tackle whatever the weather can throw at us.

"Last year the poor weather increased the number of potholes we had to deal with and cost us an extra million pounds.

"We remain committed to tackling potholes but both during and after this weather we may well face a major challenge."

Highways chiefs got through 10,000 tonnes of grit as they battled to keep the city on the move during the recent extreme weather.

Today they had about 13,000 tonnes left in stock with a further 6,000 tonnes on order.

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