An additional £10 million for the county’s roads, and £3 million towards the refurbishment of Hereford’s Shirehall has been secured following a council agreement to a reviewed capital budget. 

The investments were among several proposed changes to the way Herefordshire Council’s 2023/24 capital budget will now be spent. 

Other changes include a new £2 million Community Capital Grants Scheme to support the valuable work local community organisations, and funding identified toward the development of Hereford’s road network. 

An additional £10 million investment has been identified towards bringing roads across the county back to a good condition.

The funding, which is in addition to the £13 million already identified for resurfacing C and U roads and fixing potholes, will be used to resurface those roads most in need of repair. 

Councillor Pete Stoddart, cabinet member for finance and corporate services, said: “We’re delighted that the council have agreed to our capital budget reviews for this year (2023/24), as this means we’re able to invest in two thing things that residents have highlighted as important to them- our road safety network and our heritage buildings.

“Residents are consistently telling us that the poor condition of road surfaces across the county is a prime concern for them. 

“This significant investment we’re making will bring roads that are most in need of repair back to good condition, improving travel for local people, businesses and visitors. 

“This along with the funding we already announced in the autumn for road repair and an additional £3.6 million from the cancellation of the northern leg of HS2, means that there will be an additional £23 million being invested in our roads over the next two years.”