Following the investment of £20million for the city’s road maintenance as a part of the 2021/22 Council Budget secured by Lib Dem councillors, the Council’s Annual Maintenance Report details the planned work that will be undertaken to maintain around 1,000 miles of adopted highway, 43,000 gullies, 23,000 street lights, traffic signals and around three miles of the city’s historic walls.
As a part of the £20million highways maintenance programme for 2021/22, £5million funding will help fix potholes and general highways maintenance across the city, and around £1.2m will also be spent towards making improvements to ageing and outdated traffic signals, as part of the Traffic Signal Asset Renewal Programme.
Despite the announcement that Government’s Capital funding for local road maintenance will fall by almost £400m in 2021-22, the Lib Dem led administration investment in highways and road maintenance continues to grow year by year.
On 18 February the Government announced their plans to cut road maintenance funding for local councils. For 2021/22 the funding to North Yorkshire County Council has been reduced from £49.6m in 2020/21 to £37m in 2021/22. In York the funding has been reduced from £4m in 2020/21 to £2.8m in 2021/22.
The Council’s Annual Maintenance Report for 2021/22 can be viewed here: https://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=6148
Councillor Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council, commented:
“Whilst the Government continues to fail local councils and slash road maintenance budgets, Lib Dem councillors are investing in our resident’s priorities. This significant investment will ensure road conditions are maintained and improved, benefiting residents as well as businesses.
“Rightly, there is always more that can be done. This year’s budget clearly set out our priorities for the city - increasing support for adult social care and children and young people, continuing our ambitious programme to tackle climate change, all whilst strategically investing additional resources to protect frontline services and help the city’s economic recovery.”