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Hertfordshire’s Roads are in Good Shape - Fake News claim the Lib Dems

December 7, 2021 2:54 PM
Originally published by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats

Stephen - Road RepairsHertfordshire Liberal Democrats have hit out at County Council claims that their roads are in "Good Shape".

In March this year, the Lib Dems hit out as over 60 road resurfacing reconstruction schemes were cut from works due by the County Council.

The ruling Conservatives cut road improvement schemes (mainly on secondary side roads across Herts) and reduced the budget for such schemes by £2m in the next year and in each of the following three years, cutting £8m in total from the planned £37m spend up to 2025 - a cut of 22%.

Now the County Council has released figures showing that the number of such side roads in Hertfordshire that are in need of repair has nearly doubled since last year - increasing from 7% to 12%.

County Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst (Lib Dem Group Leader and Highways Spokesperson) said:

"The Conservatives claimed that our side roads had improved over recent years and said they did not need to spend this money as the roads were in such good condition. Residents knew this was not true and the facts now show that!"

"This is a kick in the teeth, not just for motorists but also for cyclists. The impact that will be felt by cyclists is particularly disappointing given that the County should be encouraging residents to change to more sustainable forms of transport"

The Liberal Democrats had proposed to restore this budget cut and increase spending on pavement repairs. They were voted down.