Government declines dualling money for York
3:38pm 1st March 2012
A request for the money the Government hasn’t paid York for a council tax freeze has been declined.
Council Leader James Alexander made a call for the £1.8m to be committed towards kick-starting the dualling of sections of York’s outer ring road, but his letter has received a negative response.
When making the request, Coun. Alexander explained to the Chancellor, George Osborne, that the council would consider match-funding the sum requested.
Coun. Alexander says:
“After writing to George Osborne asking for the Government’s council tax funding option to be spent on kick-starting traffic alleviation along the northern ring-road, one of his Ministers has written back with a refusal. It’s very disappointing that the Government has declined this request and fair treatment for York, by refusing to give us the money that has been promised to other councils to start work on this long-term aspiration.
“I have been arguing for some time the case for devolution on transport funding to the local level with Ministers, for which there is cross-party support across the region.
“Julian Sturdy is right about congestion being a barrier to economic growth and for this reason the Labour Council has agreed a £28.5m Economic Infrastructure Fund to pay for new park and rides, modern buses and highways infrastructure, all essential in their own ways to economic growth. It is therefore surprising given Julian Sturdy’s position that Conservative councillors tried to scrap this funding.
“If the Government really wants to help us tackle York’s congestion, they should give us this funding”.
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