MP backs County Council plans for extra highways funding

Monday, 11th February 2019

FOLLOWING successful lobbying of Government, the County Council secured an additional one-off £8.9m for highways across Staffordshire.

The one-off funding, which is on top of annual funding for highways, was confirmed at a recent meeting of the County Council’s Cabinet. All County Councillors are to be allocated £20,000 each to prioritise highways work in their own local communities.

Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Now that we have the full financial picture, I am also pleased to announce that each county councillor will be allocated £20,000 to prioritise highways work.”

“The councillors are very much our eyes and ears in local communities and this will enable them to fix potholes, clear drains or even call in the roadmaster patching machine. It is up to them and I very look much forward to seeing the benefits this will bring to local communities.”

Leader of Staffordshire County Council, Philip Atkins commented: “The success in securing this one-off funding, along with the allocation fund for each county councillor will have a huge role to play in empowering local communities.”

Christopher Pincher MP has welcomed the decision.

The Rt Hon. Christopher Pincher MP.

Local Tamworth MP, Christopher Pincher, congratulated the County Council for successfully lobbying the Government on securing extra funding. He said: “Towards the end of 2018, I was delighted to see the Government made available £420 million for local authorities to allow them to improve our road surfaces, such as filling in pot holes and maintaining local bridges.

“The County Council have been quick to make their case the Government for a slice of this funding, and were successful in securing nearly £9 million for the Staffordshire area. I will continue to work alongside Councillors and local residents to improve the roads here in Tamworth and the surrounding villages”