AN extra £3 million could be spent on tackling potholes in South Craven and throughout North Yorkshire.

The county council's executive will be asked to approve the funding, from its reserves, later this month.

The cash would match fund around £3.2m awarded by the Department for Transport following damage caused to the county's roads last winter.

Work would include a mixture of resurfacing, patching and surface dressing.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said: "The additional Government money was unexpected but very welcome.

"The proposal to match this funding shows the priority the county council puts on maintaining a safe, efficient road network for residents, businesses and visitors to North Yorkshire.

"It also recognises the severity of the deterioration that has occurred on parts of the road network as a result of the severe winter and responds to the concerns we hear from members of the public."

The executive meets on July 24.