Next Tuesday the Cabinet will decide on some 20 issues. One of the most important for residents will be the amount of money we spend next year on road and pavement renewal, see report here. This was an area that was sorely neglected through 12 years of Labour administration. The graph below shows how this capital budget has changed over the ten years to-date plus next year’s proposed budget.
We did not set the 2006/7 capital budget but we managed to boost the paltry £1 million committed by Labour in its last budget by 50%. In our first three capital budgets we will have committed £3.5 million, £8.5 million and £6.5 million respectively. In three years we will have spent more on our roads than Labour did in three four year terms. Note that Labour spent no Ealing money on the roads in 1999/2000. Maybe Labour thought the world would end with the Millennium?
Whatever your views on climate change and transport, roads are a basic bit of infrastructure that we all rely on. Taking a 12 year holiday on this kind of basic housekeeping is pretty rubbish government.