by awitherick on 28 October, 2012
Lib Dem county councillors have again condemned the County Council’s decision to abolish local decision-making about highways schemes.
Lib Dem Councillor Allan Witherick, who took part in the most recent highways meeting in St Albans, said: “It’s amazing, the Tories tell us we’re getting more powers and an enhanced role for District Councillors, but the reality is far different. I get to influence just 15% of the budget directly.
The remainder of the highways budget is spent on the say so of a single Tory cabinet member who doesn’t even live in the district.”
It’s been pointed out that it is only when councillors take decisions in public that local residents have a real chance to know what they are up to and influence their decisions.
Lib Dem Councillor Anthony Rowlands, also a member of the highways panel, added: “That is why the District Council should wake up and smell the coffee and institute its own highways scrutiny system so that the public aren’t excluded from the process.”Leave a comment