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Councillors to get cash for highways repairs

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Every county councillor could be given £10,000 to spend on local highways projects under plans being drawn-up by Gloucestershire County Council.

The move is part of the council’s Highways Your Way scheme which is aimed at making services more local.

The council is looking to expand the scheme to include a two-year pilot, Highways Local – a £10,000 pot for each county councillor to spend on projects in their division.

The plan is for county councillors to talk to people in their communities and work with their Local Highways Manager to develop highways schemes to benefit the local area.

Members would also be given the option of pooling their money with others members to pay for cross-division schemes, such as major resurfacing projects.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of the Council, developed the scheme with Local Highways Managers.

He said: “For some time now we’ve been looking at ways to give local people more power and more choice over how they receive services.

“County councillors are our closest link to these communities so it makes sense for them to be more involved and to tell us where this money should be spent.

“There’s real potential for this scheme to deliver genuine benefits for local people and I hope that cabinet gives its backing next week.”

The scheme, which would run for two years initially, would cost £1.16million overall – £630,000 in year one and £530,000 in year two.

For the trial, the money would be found using the transformation reserve – the pot of money the council has allocated to changing business practices with a view to making long term savings.

If the pilot is successful and the scheme is continued, it would be paid for as part of the normal highways budget.

 
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