Road­works ditched as coun­cil runs out of cash

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

AL­MOST 100 re­quests for ac­tion to im­prove road prob­lems in Soli­hull have been ditched be­cause the coun­cil can­not af­ford to act on them.

High­ways bosses at Soli­hull Coun­cil com­piled a list of 130 sites around the bor­ough where res­i­dents, coun­cil­lors or other par­ties called for mea­sures to tackle is­sues such as prob­lem park­ing.

But just 11 have been iden­ti­fied as pri­or­i­ties to be in­cluded in the Traf­fic Reg­u­la­tion Or­der (TRO) pro­gramme for the com­ing fi­nan­cial year.

Another 28 have been added to a “re­serve list” and might be pro­gressed in fu­ture if money al­lows. The re­main­ing sites have. been re­moved from the sched­ule al­to­gether.

They will not be re­con­sid­ered in the next three years, un­less there is a ma­te­rial change at the lo­ca­tion.

Ap­prov­ing the 12-month pro­gramme, Coun­cil­lor Ted Richards, the cab­i­net mem­ber for trans­port and high­ways, said he would not want to give false hope to res­i­dents whose re­quests had lit­tle prospect of be­ing dealt with in the next three years.

“We have a bud­get of £30,000 from the Lo­cal Trans­port Plan, which lim­its the abil­ity of what we can do,” he said.

“I think we have to be re­al­is­tic about this. We have just not got the re­sources [to deal with them all], I don’t think we will ever have the re­sources be­cause the amount of money that is avail­able to us, even through the Lo­cal Trans­port Plan, has to be used for other func­tions within [the de­part­ment] as well.

“It would be wrong if I was to mis­lead peo­ple by say­ing there’s a chance of get­ting these done.

“The an­swer is no, it won’t be in the forsee­able fu­ture.”

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