Gloucestershire County Council’s Active Travel plans have taken a beating from the Government, with the council receiving less than 9 per cent of the total funding requested.
The Government has today released the final tranche of Active Travel Funding – a pot of money to spend on walking and cycling infrastructure to encourage people out of their cars. And, despite requesting £10milion, Gloucestershire has received just £864,750.
When discussing the allocations earlier in the year, the Government confirmed the money would be awarded to those councils who had best reallocated road space to people walking and cycling during the first phase of funding; to receive so little then is a massive indictment of the Council’s unambitious and failed earlier schemes.
The total received amounts to less than 0.5 per cent of the £175 million shared between highways authorities.
Commenting on this failure, Cllr Iain Dobie said:
“This is an appaling indictment of Gloucestershire County Council’s walking and cycling ambitions. It was made very clear that painted lines on the road would not be funded, yet the Conservatives did not manage to create a single segregated bike lane with the first pot of money, and we have all been punished because of it.
“To receive so little for the final round shows their own Government doesn’t trust Gloucestershire Conservatives to spend the active travel funding well. This failure has cost all residents dearly, resulting in a £9 million black hole for walking and cycling schemes.
“The Conservatives in Shire Hall must admit they messed up and resolve to fund ambitious, fully segregated schemes, themselves, because Gloucestershire deserves better than Tory incompetence.”