At the Swindon Council Budget Meeting on the 23rd February Labour will be proposing to use £2.05m of the £4.2m of unspent New Homes Bonus money on the Detailed Design Plan of the Thamesdown Drive Extension Road, allocating more money for road and footpath resurfacing and £250K for improving grass verges.
They will be proposing to use £2.05m of the £4.2m of unspent New Homes Bonus money on:
The Leader of the Labour Group, Councillor Jim Grant, said: “What this amendment is about is tackling issues that local residents care about.
Labour's budget amendments show there is money available to tackle issues that Swindon residents care about
With the Design Plan for the Thamesdown Drive Extension Road, what we are saying is that once the government have given approval for the outline business case for the road, we can then get straight to work in establishing a shovel-ready plan for the road which will persuade government to release the necessary money for the road to be built.
The poor state of the borough’s roads and pavements is another issue residents have had to deal with for too long. Increasing numbers of potholes and roads in disrepair have come at a huge cost to to motorists in Swindon, who have to deal with the damage to their vehicles. That is why we’re proposing for the Council to be on the side of motorists and increase investment in road resurfacing.
The state of many of Swindon’s grass verges, is another area where we believe new investment is vital. Many Councillors are hearing their residents express displeasure about the state of the grass verges on their road and street and yet the Cabinet continue to say there is no money to do anything about this. This amendment shows there could be money for this investment.”