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​Ashfield Independents Call For £1million More Every Year For Local Roads

2nd November 2016
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Ashfield Independents Call For £1million More Every Year For Local Roads

The Ashfield Independent team have launched a campaign to get an extra £1million spent on roads and pavements every year in the District.

Information obtained by Cllr Jason Zadrozny from the Highways Authority shows that Ashfield has been short-changed in cash for roads over the last ten years.

Campaigner for Sutton Central and East, Samantha Deakin said “This information proves what we have all known locally for a long time. Everyone in Sutton and Kirkby can see our roads and pavements are in a shocking state, now we can see why, we haven’t been getting our fair share of the cash that our area needs.

Official figures show that between 2006 and 2016 Ashfield District’s Carriageway Patching was £1.4million less that Rushcliffe, £2.4million less than Bassetlaw and £3.3million less than Newark. The total spend was £26million and there are seven Nottinghamshire District Councils so Ashfield has lost out by at least £1million.

The story is the same for pavements where the total spend over ten years was £14.4million. Ashfield received only £1.8million, £570,000 less than the Labour Leader of the County Council’s District of Bassetlaw.

Samantha Deakin said “It is clear Labour Bosses at County Hall have been playing politics with out money. No wonder nobody will ever trust them with the finances”

“On pavement and road patching alone there is a £2million shortfall for Ashfield, it’s just not good enough, Labour cannot continue to take our area for granted.”

"We pay the highest Council Tax in the Country; we deserve to have some of that money spent in our own area. Our roads and pavements are a national disgrace.”

The Ashfield Independents will be writing to every household in the new year with a petition calling on the Council to fairly redistribute Highways spending.


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