Tories fail to ask for extra highways money

LIB Dems in Gloucestershire have reacted with dismay to news that Tory councillors have not asked the government for more cash to fix the county's roads.

Tory transport minister Lord Ahmed admitted this in a response to a parliamentary question from former Cheltenham MP Nigel Jones (now Lord Jones of Cheltenham).

The news comes as the county council continues to battle a backlog of pothole repairs now estimated at being just over £80 million.

Liberal Democrat County Group Leader, Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson said: "I'm astonished and bitterly disappointed that no discussions have taken place with ministers about increasing the county's highways budget.

“The very least the Conservative councillor in charge of Highways should be doing is talking to his own party’s ministers to get more money to repair and properly maintain the county’s roads.”

Cheltenham Lib Dem councillor Chris Coleman said “We are being told that the state of the county’s roads is steadily improving, but residents are still seeing crumbling and deteriorating roads across Gloucestershire.  

“After 11 years of Conservative rule you’d think by now that the state of the county’s roads would be sorted, but it is just not happening.”

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