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Council cabinet agrees road spend plan
WILTSHIRE Council has agreed to increase the amount of money it spends on roads to more than £21m a year for the next six years.
It hopes the £52m extra investment will increase residents’ satisfaction in the highways which has fallen to below 25 per cent.
In recent years the backlog of roads that need resurfacing and maintenance has been growing.
Busy A-roads have been prioritised, meaning that local rural routes have been missing out.
On Tuesday the council’s cabinet approved a plan to increase roads spending from £12.5m a year to £21m.
Area boards will be able to suggest which roads need resurfacing first.
Speaking at the meeting cabinet member for highways John Thomson said: “The only way to improve our roads is to be very bold in the amount of investment we make.
“At the election we heard what an important issue this is for our communities.”
The extra funding will allow 150 miles of road to be resurfaced each year until 2020.
A £100m-a-year option to upgrade the entire road network in Wiltshire was ruled out as being unaffordable.
Council leader Jane Scott dismissed the suggestion that most of the money would be spent on roads in the north of the county.
“That is an urban myth,” she said. “In fact more money was spent in the south last year and the figures are there for all to see.”
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