Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson cautiously welcomes incre

Bill Esterson, Marion Atkinson and Tony Carr

 

A cheque £600k is winging its way from Westminster to patch up Sefton’s crumbling roads.

It follows the government's budget announcement on Wednesday that local councils across the country would share in a pot of £200 million.

Bill said: “Potholes are a menace to all road users and I want fixing them to be a priority for the Council. That is why I welcome the announcement. Fixing the roads after the harsh winter is also important to business which is why I welcome the cash.

“Last year Labour set the precedent when they awarded Sefton £700k to tackle the problems of pot holes across the borough after severe weather conditions. Cllr John Fairclough, Labour’s cabinet member in charge of Technical Services rightly added a further £200,000 to that pot which mean repairs were carried out across Maghull, Aintree, Formby and parts of Crosby.

“This year we saw worse weather, the severest in the North West for 30years with temperatures dropping to -17C. While the government have awarded funds of just over £600k, the concern is that this will hardly scratch the surface. When you realise that the Conservative/Lib-Dem coalition government pushed through cuts of £45m this year it is likely that the £600,000 from government to repair potholes will just be overwhelmed by the effect of the cuts already made by the council.

“This award, while welcome, hardly papers over the cracks. It does nothing to disguise the fact that the cuts faced by local residents are too deep and will affect local services for years to come.

“The budget yesterday did not bring much cheer. There may be some relief for the potholes in our roads but this cash will not cover up the much bigger cracks in services across Sefton”.