After an eventful budget setting day at Shire Hall, Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats managed to secure £649,000 of amendments to Gloucestershire County Council’s budget.
More cash for bus services was one of the positives from the Lib Dem budget
Successful changes to the budget included more money for local highway priorities, £150,000 to subsidise public transport, significant extra funding for public health priorities and a cancelling of cuts to services for people with physical disabilities.
The full breakdown of Liberal Democrat successes is:
- £265,000 additional funding for local highway priorities
- £150,000 to subsidise public transport that isn’t self-supporting
- £134,000 of cuts to services for people with a physical disabilities, scrapped
- £50,000 of funding to train more people in suicide prevention
- £50,000 to promote sexual health testing
Speaking on a successful day at the office, Cllr Hodgkinson, Lib Dem Group Leader, said:
“I am delighted that we have secured a raft of changes to the Conservative budget which will make a real difference to people’s lives. With huge year-on-year cuts to the Public Health budget, I am particularly pleased that we will be investing an additional £100,000 into key priorities; training frontline staff in suicide prevention and promoting sexual health testing.
“It is, however, disappointing to see that the Conservatives could not bring themselves to row back on ill-judged decisions on recycling centres and permit parking. I am sure the residents of Gloucestershire will make their dissatisfaction known in years to come.”
A notorious traffic blackspot has been seen first hand by the Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Minister.
Prospective MP for the Cotswolds Cllr Paul Hodgkinson invited Nick Clegg and Susan Kramer to see for themselves the ongoing issues at the Air Balloon A417 junction last Friday.
Following the latest death in the area 2 weeks ago, Cllr Hodgkinson said that urgent action must happen without any further delay:
“There have been 5 deaths in this location in the last 6 months. Such a sad waste of life is coupled with dreadful congestion and pollution problems. Politicians have been to Westminster to get a solution but I’ve asked Westminster to come to the area to see first hand why this has to be fixed.”
A campaign to get the ‘Missing Link’ on the A417 solved with a dual carriageway has gained momentum recently. Now, Mr Clegg has pledged that the Government will look at the issue “very seriously” after seeing the problems caused by the notorious stretch of road.
Mr Clegg was presented with the compelling argument by Paul Hodgkinson in favour of replacing the road between the Cowley roundabout and Brockworth with a new dual carriageway. The Transport Minister Susan Kramer also heard from residents the issue of rat- running through local villages as a result of gridlock on the A417.
Cllr Hodgkinson added, “My call for a commitment from Government to get this blackspot fixed has a better chance than ever before of turning into real action. This is having a real impact on the regional economy and I won’t rest until this is sorted out.”