York’s Lib Dem councillors have condemned the Conservative Government’s £5m cut to road and pavement maintenance budgets.
In 2020/21 the Government cut York’s funding by a third, from £4m to £2.8m, and has now confirmed funding will remain at this lower level for the next three years. This amounts to a total cut of £4.8m – equivalent of 19,000 fewer potholes being repaired each year.
Councillor Sam Waudby said: “One of the main issues raised with us by residents is deteriorating road and pavement surfaces and we report hundreds of such issues to the Council each year. “This cut will mean that it will be even more difficult to keep roads safe.” Despite the national funding reductions, as your local councillors Darryl, Derek & Sam continue to make the case for road and footway repairs locally, including reporting potholes.
Please get in touch with the Lib Dem team with any examples you would like reported to the council.