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Lib Dems win support for task force to tackle £300m road repairs

July 17, 2013 12:04 PM

Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats have won support for their call for action to deal with a £300 million backlog of road, pavement and cycleway repairs across the county.

A task force will be set up to devise a plan to put before councillors during talks on next year's budget.

David Jenkins, Lib Dem Spokesperson for Planning Environment and Enterprise called for the move yesterday (Tuesday, July 16) as he warned Cambridgeshire County Council members that the highways maintenance problem is growing by £50 million a year.

"Our roads and pavements are crumbling and the problem is getting worse year on year," he said, "and yet this is not reflected in our budget.

"We are spending just £15 million this year but the backlog is £300 million. If we continue like this by the end of 2013/14 the repair bill will have increased to about £330 million.

"The time has come to stop burying our heads in the sand and come up with a plan of how we are going to put this right. I am delighted that the council has acknowledged this so that we can have a detailed analysis of what needs to be done and a plan of how we are going to tackle it. It may take 10 years or more but we must have a plan."

Cllr Jenkins told members that the county is judged by residents, visitors and potential investors on the condition of its transport infrastructure.

"It's about fronting up to the problem and we need to do this with a deliberate sense of urgency. If we don't the challenge simply gets bigger."