Statement on how Flood Recovery Funding will be spent Introduction The River Lea runs through the Borough of Luton from its source in Leagrave Park to beyond the borough boundary near Luton Airport Parkway train station. In the past there have been incidents of flooding from the river impacting on traffic movement and accessibility to the town centre. This has been largely resolved through a successful funding bid to build a flood alleviation scheme north of the town centre. However, the topography of the town lends itself to localised flooding. Following the wettest winter on record, which resulted in accelerated deterioration of the boroughs highway network, Luton Borough Council, (LBC) earmarked an additional £500,000 for highway maintenance. This funding is in recognition of the value of the public highway and how it impacts on everyday life, including commerce, access to healthcare, education and so on. In addition to this, in March 2014, the DfT made available and additional £185.3 million of funding for road repairs, of which Luton Borough Council received £120,000. This funding compliments the existing approved funding for 2014/15 as follows; Local Transport Plan Capital Funding £1,130,000 Luton Borough Council Capital Funding £500,000 Luton Borough Council Revenue Funding £615,324 Luton Borough Council Road Repairs A portion of the capital maintenance funding is allocated to the carriageway resurfacing programme which aims to put in a long term permanent fix while optimising a decreasing budget. Alternative methods of carriageway treatments have been trialled. This included micro-asphalt, which has been used to treat surface course defects and limit the ingress of water. LBC has a robust five year carriageway resurfacing programme that is prioritised based on factors such as condition surveys. The budgets are optimised by working in tandem with other highway works such as traffic signal upgrades. This programme is reviewed on an annual basis and reprogrammed as necessary. This programme is then approved by the councils Executive. The road repair funding will allow for more roads to be treated this financial year. The additional roads that have been included in the programme have been agreed with the Portfolio Holder. How the Flood Recovery Funding will be spent The additional funding received from the DfT will help limit further deterioration of some of the worst roads in the borough. It will be allocated to carriageway resurfacing to treat those roads that have experienced the highest rate of deterioration due to the extreme weather. These roads are; Road Extent Value Birdsfoot Lane From Riddy Lane to Icknield Jnr Sch £45,000 Calverton Road From Icknield Way to shopping area £35,000 Sarum Road Whole length £15,000 Mostyn Road Whole length £15,000 Empress Road Whole length £10,000 Luton Borough Council will continue to monitor and review the highway network and will seek innovative and cost effective solutions to ensure not just the longevity of the highway but also to ensure it is safe and useable for all highway users.