Cheshire East Council has teamed up with Lincolnshire County Council’s ‘Fix Our Funds To Fix Our Roads’ campaign to highlight its own need for more money to repair its wrecked roads.
The leader and deputy leader of Cheshire East Council have stood with the LCC to also lobby the government and demand the reversal of cuts to motorway funding.
Coun Sam Corcoran, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: ‘We are a large semi-rural authority with a complex and extensive network of motorways and our residents place considerable importance on having well-maintained roads – whatever something we try our best to deliver but have trouble funding, just like other councils.
While Lincolnshire County Council has seen a 25% cut in motorway funding for the maintenance of county roads, Cheshire East has also suffered a cut in government money which has seen its budget slashed by 21%.
Coun Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: ‘It is very encouraging to see Cheshire East Council launching its own bid for motorway funding to be restored with ‘Fix Our Funds To Fix Our Roads’. The council’s decision to join us clearly underscores the effectiveness of our campaign in making our case heard on behalf of the millions who have disappeared.
“Having Cheshire East alongside LCC in this campaign further reinforces what we hope to achieve. The more local authorities who can join us in lobbying the government with our campaign, the more our message will continue to reach the heart of Westminster.
According to Lincolnshire County Council, the continued lack of funding could lead to an increase in costly unplanned roadworks, a decline in the resilience of the road network and more potholes. At present, 660 miles of roads in Lincolnshire are classified as being in poor or very poor condition.
Councilor Richard Davies, Highways Executive, said: ‘Cheshire East is a very welcome co-campaigner in our widely felt need for this missing money to be returned by the government.
“LCC and Cheshire East share the same vital message that without the recovery of these millions of missing people, our roads will get worse and the local economy will suffer. That is why we will continue to pressure the government until they listen to us.
“We need them to fix our funding so we can fix our roads.”
Coun Hill added: “In response to very strong voter and public guidance, we have always done our best to protect the highway maintenance budget from cuts.
“So we will do everything we can to keep Lincolnshire’s roads in the best possible condition if the government does not replace the £12m funding gap we have yet to fill.
“We also encourage everyone across the county to help in our fight by visiting our campaign webpage and writing to their local MLA to demand better funding for our roads.”
According to the UK Road Liaison Group: Department for Transport data shows a drop in maintenance being undertaken on the country’s local road network, with roads classed as ‘minor’ bearing the brunt – affecting rural Lincolnshire more than the most authorities.
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