Lib Dems back call for £250m re­pairs

‘Roads fund­ing more use­ful than in­cin­er­a­tor’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE Lib­eral Democrats have backed calls to bor­row more than £250 mil­lion to fix the county’s roads say­ing it would be bet­ter than bor­row­ing for an in­cin­er­a­tor.

County coun­cil­lor Avril Davies said she sug­gested bor­row­ing at her last two bud­get speeches but the sug­ges­tion was shot down.

She

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cab­i­net mem­ber for fi­nance and re­sources Peter Hardy’s call to bor­row to en­sure all roads could be fixed in one go, de­spite leader Martin Tett dis­miss­ing the idea.

Cllr Davies said it was more a ‘mat­ter of prin­ci­ple’ than de­tails.

She said: “It would cer­tainly be cap­i­tal­is­ing on our roads, and our roads are a cap­i­tal as­set. They are the back­bone of our county’s econ­omy.

“There is the cost of pay­ing back money but I’d say it’s bet­ter to bor­row

Money should be bor­rowed to re­pair the county’s pot­hole-blighted roads against roads than the [Calvert] in­cin­er­a­tor we are bor­row­ing for. There is no need for that, they can’t jus­tify that in­vest­ment.”

Bucks County Coun­cil says the sav­ings on waste dis­posal fees thanks to the Calvert in­cin­er­a­tor in the north of the county would off­set the loan taken out.

“That is not true,” said Cllr Davies. “They have th­ese great long-di­vi­sion sums say­ing the sav­ings on gate fees bal­ances the bor­row­ing, but there’s the im­pact it will have on the en­vi­ron­ment. It has been said for years what we need to do to boost the econ­omy is invest in roads.”

Cllr Davies says the roads is­sue is some­thing other coun­cils are de­bat­ing in the south.

Lib­eral Demo­crat Avril Davies

“We are not alone but I don’t agree we should rule out bor­row­ing if we are go­ing to do it on other schemes we do not support.”

Other politi­cians picked apart the Con­ser­va­tives’ bud­get.

UKIP par­lia­men­tary can­di­date for Bea­cons­field Tim Scott said: “We are not nec­es­sar­ily against bor­row­ing to fix roads – foot­paths too – but would like to see more de­tail, and would hope the jobs cre­ated go to lo­cals.”

Mr Scott said he would also back the idea of “look­ing se­ri­ously” at a move to be­com­ing a uni­tary au­thor­ity, to save money and pre­vent ser­vice cuts.

Rob Browne

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