Last night’s full council meeting (see agenda) saw some bad-tempered exchanges in the council chamber between the ruling Tory group and the Labour opposition councillors. More of that later.
First the good news. In response to a question from Cllr Costello the portfolio holder for Environment & Transport, Will Brooks, announced changes to the budget for road and footpath resurfacing. This year the council will be doing 4 times as many roads as Labour managed in its last year in power.
In 2005/6, Labour’s last year, this budget was £1 million. Last year the Tories put an extra £500,000 into this budget. This year the budget will be £3.5 million. Of this £2.7 million will be spent on roads and £800,000 on footpaths. Labour really let the roads go and this additional spending is essential if we are going to get on top of the situation.
In Labour’s last year they resurfaced 21 roads. In this new financial year we plan to resurface 88.