The town hall has pledged to repair the roads to ensure the cycling event in Clacton can take place

A town hall has shelled out thousands of pounds for urgent repairs to potholed roads in Clacton town center to secure a prestigious cycling event.

Although it is the responsibility of Essex County Council to maintain the roads, Tendring Council stepped in to pay for some resurfacing work before the series of tours descended on the town.

The event saw Britain’s top male and female riders head to Tendring on May 19.

But it was revealed that it was the Tendring Council who made sure some of the roads were up to date, as Essex Highways was unable to complete the necessary work in time.

Alex Porter, Cabinet Member of the Tendring Council for Leisure and Tourism, said the £17,000 total cost for advice to repair the stretch of road between Station Road and Pier Avenue was a small price to pay for an event so spectacular.

“While Essex Highways is working hard to maintain the roads across the county, on this occasion we were told they were unable to undertake the resurfacing work prior to the event,” it said. -he declares.

“Therefore, being a dynamic council, we stepped in and asked permission to organize the works to be carried out to ensure that the route was at a high enough standard for the Tour series to continue.

“It not only kept the Tour series going, helping to put Clacton on the map for a new audience as a tourist destination, but also brought people downtown on a weeknight, creating a boost for local traders – and of course improved what is an important city center road.

Essex Highways looks after 5,000 miles of roads – one of the largest road networks in the country.

A spokesperson for the authority added: ‘Last year we paved roads which would span the equivalent of the length and width of the Essex County Council area, over 100 miles.

“Essex Highways crews are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep all county roads in good condition.

“However, on such a large network, we have to prioritize resources.”