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Buckingham Liberal Democrats

Lib Dems hit out as over 60 road resurfacing reconstruction schemes cut from works due in 2021/22 by County Council.

February 24, 2021 3:07 PM
Originally published by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats
Opposition Liberal Democrats have hit out at a massive cut that the Conservatives have voted through to highways schemes in the next year.

The ruling Conservatives have cut 61 road improvement schemes across Herts and reduced the budget for such schemes by £2m in the next year and each of the following three years cutting £8m in total.

Originally the Conservatives had agreed to spend an extra £37m up to 2025. They have now reduced this by £8m to £29m - a cut of 22%.

County Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Lib Dem Group Leader and Highways Spokesperson) said:

"The Conservatives claim that our side roads have improved over recent years. There may have been some improvements but it was from a very low base. For residents living on the roads that have now been cut and for others waiting for their roads to be considered, the situation is far from satisfactory.
Cancelling 61 planning schemes for the next year is a kick in the teeth - not just for motorists but also for cyclists. The impact that will be felt by cyclists is particularly disappointing given that the County should be encouraging residents to change to more sustainable forms of transport"

The Liberal Democrats had proposed to restore this budget cut as well as increase spending on pavement repairs. They were voted down.