POTHOLES in the town will be repaired thanks to a £177,000 funding boost but the councillor responsible for roads believes it will not be enough.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced the move as part of a £200 million cash injection, which includes £50 million that will be provided directly to councils to tackle potholes and flood resilience.

It forms part of the Government’s six-year £6.6 billion investment programme to improve the state of roads across the country.

Warrington South Conservative parliamentary candidate Andy Carter has welcomed the move.

But the politician had a dig at traffic committee chairman Cllr Steve Parish who, in February, claimed: “If you have driven in the backstreets of Manchester lately, you will know that Warrington does not have a pothole problem.”

Mr Carter said: “I hear too often on the doorstep from concerned residents that the state of our roads is deteriorating despite recent claims to the contrary by Warrington Labour’s chair of the traffic committee, Cllr Steve Parish, who doesn’t seem to see the problems we can all see.

“This new funding to tackle potholes and improve the condition of our roads is great news for businesses and people in Warrington who are inconvenienced by damaged roads.

“The Conservative Party is focused on improving transport infrastructure across the country, boosting the economy and helping hard-working people in Warrington.”

But Cllr Parish has hit back, saying it is ‘typical Tory tactics’ to inflict massive cuts before delivering miniscule ‘special offers’.

He added: “The Tories have cut £137 million from the council’s budget since 2010 and that has affected all our services including road maintenance.

“Despite that, Warrington’s roads are in better condition than in other nearby authorities.”

Cllr Hans Mundry, executive board member for highways, transportation and public realm, also criticised figures in Westminster.

He said: “This funding will be put to good use in Warrington but is only a very small amount of what is really needed to repair and maintain roads, not only in Warrington, but nationally.

“The council is currently in its fourth year of a six-year investment programme, which was set up due to the shortfall in Government funding.

“Warrington, like most local authorities, is suffering from the unprecedented cuts from the Government to public services, which is affecting our residents and the council’s ability to meet the needs of our population.”