Today, Gloucestershire County Council’s Conservative bosses voted to slash money for road repairs.
The Council’s Cabinet has put forward a budget which cuts money going to highways by over £2 million in the coming year.
Challenging the decision, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton & Northleach) said:
“In the last County Council elections in 2013 the Tories pledged to ‘invest more in our roads’. Sadly today they have broken that promise.
“We’re all painfully aware of how our roads are deteriorating at the end of a long, wet winter. Potholes are popping up all over the place.
“This is always the thing residents raise with me most. In fact, the Council’s own budget consultation shows that it’s one of the Top 5 things people want money spent on.
“Yet now we see a huge cut in the money going to fix our pavements and streets. It’s not rocket science to see that money could be found from other budgets to fix the potholes properly.
“I call now for an immediate U turn on this cut. Otherwise it is a case of ‘Broken promise, broken roads.’