Another Ealing Conservative Group press release – this time road and footpath resurfacing/replacement. In our first three years in power we will have spent more than Labour did in seven years on roads. And we have the roads to show for it!
Ealingâ€™s Conservative Cabinet this evening approved an Â£8.5M new capital spend to improve the Boroughâ€™s roads and footways. It follows years of neglect from the previous Labour administration which skimped on basic Council services whilst wasting residentsâ€™ money on grandiose projects such as the discredited Response Programme.
The extra investment will allow for 164 road schemes and 83 footway schemes across the Borough in 2008/09. This represents a doubling of the number of roads and footways resurfaced in 2007/08 and an increase of eight fold since Labourâ€™s last year in office.
Ealingâ€™s backlog of poor roads is a large one, but the extra investment will see the quality of Ealingâ€™s roads improve significantly compared with other Boroughs.
Cabinet Member for Transport, Cllr Vlod Barchuk welcomed the Tory commitment to road and footway investment:
â€œI am pleased that Cabinet has agreed to such a significant increase in investment in an area that affects every person in the Borough. Labourâ€™s skimping on road funding was a false economy as it meant more claims against the Council and more need for reactive work from emergency safety inspections. We now have cleaner streets thanks to a Conservative administration, and this money will help to deliver streets that are safer because they are free of potholes.â€