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Potholes and lack of investment again!

March 10, 2020 11:26 AM

This article is an edited version of a post on the Central Devon LibDems Facebook page from 23rd February 2020

LibDem proposals to invest in Devon's roads rejected

On Thursday 20th February Devon County Council set its budget.

We know there is a real and growing concern about Devon's roads and highway drainage, especially after the bad weather this winter and the two huge storms in February. it's a 'no brainer' to invest money to fix our roads and drains to stop floods and blocked roads.

Alan Connett and the Devon Liberal Democrat team put forward a plan to invest an EXTRA £4 million in a blitz programme to clean and clear the drains, and repair and improve highway drainage. That is £4 million from the county council's reserves of £110 million ON TOP of the more modest £2 million extra the Conservatives said they would spend.

The Conservatives rejected the Liberal Democrat amendment voting against our proposed investment to protect homes and communities.

The 7 Labour councillors from Exeter backed our plans, and then voted FOR the Conservative budget!

We know highway drainage and blocked street drains are a real worry to residents.

The Conservatives promised to spend £59 million in the past 10 years on highways drainage but spent just £51 million. What's happened to the missing £8 million for highways drainage?

It's another example of the Conservatives short-changing Devon.