Lib Dems back call for £250m repairs
‘Roads funding more useful than incinerator’
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.
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.
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