Liberal Democrat councillors concerns over the state of Gloucestershire’s road have resulted to a welcomed release of an additional £1m this financial year by the County Council.
At June’s full Council meeting, the Liberal Democrats called for the immediate release of £4 million from Council reserves to properly maintain the county’s road network. The Liberal Democrat motion calling for more money was put to the vote and referred to the Highways Working Group and for discussion with group spokespersons.
It’ll be recommended at Wednesday’s full Council meeting that an additional £1m, as outlined in the Budget Monitoring report going to Cabinet the following week, 11thSeptember 2013, will be invested in Gloucestershire roads during 2013/2014.
The original proposer of the June motion and Leader of the Group, Cllr. Colin Hay (LD: All Saints & Oakley) said:
“We welcome any investment that ensures lasting repairs.
“The number one issue on the doorstep in the recent county council elections was the number of ‘potholes’ and other road damage found on Gloucestershire roads.
“We are pleased that since the Conservatives lost control of the council following the last election they are now willing to listen and act upon council wishes. It goes to show how important it is to have an effective opposition and how by working together - the public benefit.”
The Shadow Cabinet Member for Highways and Flood, Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson (LD: Bourton-on-the Water & Northleach) also said:
“In spite of the work that has been carried out by the Council in recent months additional money does need to be invested into providing a properly maintained road network.
“I am pleased that we’ve secured a quarter, i.e. £1 million of what we asked for at the Council meeting back in June.
“We will however continue to push for the release of the further £3 million that we originally proposed in next year’s budget.”
County Council – Wednesday 19th June 2013 – Motion 686
- This Council notes that the number one issue on the doorstep in the recent County Council elections was the number of 'potholes' and other road damage found on Gloucestershire roads. That in order to address this number one issue and show the Council is listening, Cabinet immediately releases £4 million from Council reserves to be spent over the next two years on road repairs.
Proposed by Cllr. Colin Hay
Seconded by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson