Condition of Some York Cycle Paths "Unacceptable" Say Lib Dems
3:10pm 2nd May 2014
Concerns over the state of cycle paths in Huntington and New Earswick have been raised.
The state of the paths on Huntington Road and North Moor Road are being called "unacceptable" by local Liberal Democrat councillors. The party says a survey it's carried out of local homes shows a number of people are concerned about the condition of the paths.
Keith Orrell, Lib Dem councillor for Huntington & New Earswick said:
“Many residents have contacted us about the unacceptable condition of the cycle lanes across Huntington, but particularly on Huntington Road and North Moor Road. The cycle lanes have really deteriorated over the last 3 years as the Labour council has cut the budget for road maintenance year after year."
“We have called for Huntington Road to be resurfaced, but disappointingly this has been rejected by Labour despite the concerns of local residents."
“Labour say they want to build a legacy after this summer’s Tour De France and get more people cycling. This will not happen unless the right facilities, such as good cycle lanes, are in place across York.”
The Labour-run council's cabinet member for Transport, David Levene is blaming government cuts. He told Minster FM:
“There is an established set of criteria for repairs to roads and footpaths and we follow this criteria in a fair way and based on an assessed level of need."
"Lib Dem councillors would do better to look at themselves and support for their party in explaining why funding is limited for such work when the party has agreed cuts of over a third to the council’s funding from Government."
"We take the issue of encouraging other modes of transport to the car very seriously but this kind of work costs and doesn’t happen without the money the Conservative-Lib Dem Government has taken away”.
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