Liberal Democrats yesterday proposed a package of green measures as
amendments to the Conservative budget debated at county hall.
Measures include a 35% increase in subsidies for buses, a 25% increase in
spending on repairing footpaths and a significant roll out of 20 mph zones.
Liberal Democrat Group Leader Chris White said: ‘People have been very clear
with us on the doorstep: they want more accessible transport, pavements
which aren’t turning to gravel and safer residential streets.
‘Other parts of the country manage 20 mph speed limits with ease. Our
proposal to spend a million pounds on this project would mean that most
towns in Hertfordshire would see 20 mph limits in residential streets within
the year. Sadly the Tories refused to back this.’
Malcolm Cowan added: ‘I am shocked that we only spend £4 million on
repairing footways. The fact that so little is spent and our proposal to
increase was turned down show that the Tories have no interest in
The Liberal Democrat proposals would be funded by reductions in overstaffing
at county hall.
Liberal Democrat Manifesto Fix 1
Fix our roads and pavements
Hertfordshire’s roads and pavements are among some of the worst in the
country. Anyone crossing our county boundaries can see at a glance just how
bad things are.
You tell us constantly this is your main priority. On every survey response,
on every newsletter reply slip and face to face on the door step, you tell
us how disappointed you are with the state of our roads and pavements.
What we will do to change this:
– Repair and maintain the roads before they deteriorate and need to be
– Get rid of Herts Highways and give residents more of a say to get real
– Introduce ‘Pothole Moles’: a pro-active team to blitz potholes properly
so they don’t need to be filled in again two days later
– Strictly enforce the new legislation on utility repairs to ensure roads
are only dug up once and are then repaired to a high standard