Cash injection of £47m is a good outcome, insist councillors

Councillor John Campion, who sits in the Tory cabinet

Councillor John Campion, who sits in the Tory cabinet

First published in News Malvern Gazette: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

COUNCILLORS in Worcestershire have hailed the county's £47 million Government cash injection - after admitting they expected a worse outcome.

Worcestershire County Council's Conservative cabinet has met for the first time since ministers announced a £2 billion handout for growth blueprints across the country.

As your Worcester News revealed last week, the money will help finally get Worcestershire Parkway station off the ground in Norton, dual-link most of the A4440 Southern Link Road in St Peter's, and create 3,000 jobs.

Some of the major projects it will also fund include the Hoo Brook Link Road in Kidderminster, Worcester Technology Park off Junction 6 of the M5 and another expansion of Malvern Hills Science Park.

The £47 million is being handed to Worcestershire's Local Enterprise Partnership over the next five years.

Councillor John Campion, cabinet member for transformation and commissioning, said: "This is an endorsement from the Government in the work Worcestershire has been doing to make sure we get the infrastructure we need for the future.

"I don't think it's over egging the pudding to say the Hoo Brook Link Road, for example, is the single biggest piece of regeneration we'll see in our part of the county for a generation."

Councillor Simon Geraghty, the deputy leader and cabinet member for economy, skills and infrastructure, said: "There is a whole collection of schemes in this package that mean a lot to people and businesses across Worcestershire.

"They have effectively been given the green light because of this and it's a great credit to everyone involved."

The leader, Councillor Adrian Hardman, said the challenge now was to "deliver it on time, and to cost".

Councillor Ken Pollock said he expected around one per cent of the Government's cash, but instead it got 2.5 per cent.

"Getting 2.5 per cent of the national cake is a great credit to everyone involved," he said.

During the cabinet debate it also emerged that June's Government award of £3.3 million for potholes in Worcestershire is the best in the UK.

New comparable data has revealed how the cash is the highest handout in the country on a per-kilometre basis.

The Department for Transport handed out £168 million to 148 councils which had made bids for cash.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said in June how Worcestershire deserved the money because of "its determination to tackle potholes".

Speaking during the cabinet meeting, Cllr Hardman said "being top dog" in the country was a real accolade.

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11:58am Sat 19 Jul 14

Worcester Lad says...

During the cabinet debate it also emerged that June's Government award of £3.3 million for potholes in Worcestershire is the best in the UK.
New comparable data has revealed how the cash is the highest handout in the country on a per-kilometre basis.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said in June how Worcestershire deserved the money because of "its determination to tackle potholes
This county possibly has the worst pot hole problem in the country, that is because it has been neglected for years So now it has become a priority lets wait and see if this council can show the determination that they promise
During the cabinet debate it also emerged that June's Government award of £3.3 million for potholes in Worcestershire is the best in the UK. New comparable data has revealed how the cash is the highest handout in the country on a per-kilometre basis. Prime Minister David Cameron has said in June how Worcestershire deserved the money because of "its determination to tackle potholes This county possibly has the worst pot hole problem in the country, that is because it has been neglected for years So now it has become a priority lets wait and see if this council can show the determination that they promise Worcester Lad
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12:52pm Sat 19 Jul 14

brooksider says...

Rewarding failure.
By recent results, the dismal performance is not going to improve.
4 longstanding potholes were recently patched up, unbelievably 3 new potholes were ignored.
Mr Hardman is no doubt waiting for a member of the public to report them.
Rewarding failure. By recent results, the dismal performance is not going to improve. 4 longstanding potholes were recently patched up, unbelievably 3 new potholes were ignored. Mr Hardman is no doubt waiting for a member of the public to report them. brooksider
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1:00pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Jabbadad says...

Yep that seems a norm Brooksider, why can't the workmen be trusted to repair such close additional holes since some seem so close that they will mar the new work on the other potholes. But perhaps we are being too symploistic brooksider.
As to the grants received with awe and pleasure by the CONservatives perhaps now they just might Rob Less from the Older Peoples servcies. and perhaps they might echo Cabinet member for Adult care Coun Shelia Blagg who is saying there is no more to cut from the Vulnerable and Older Peoples services, so perhaps apart from stoping them. This won't bother Geraghty and his Posse at both County or City Councils will it?
Yep that seems a norm Brooksider, why can't the workmen be trusted to repair such close additional holes since some seem so close that they will mar the new work on the other potholes. But perhaps we are being too symploistic brooksider. As to the grants received with awe and pleasure by the CONservatives perhaps now they just might Rob Less from the Older Peoples servcies. and perhaps they might echo Cabinet member for Adult care Coun Shelia Blagg who is saying there is no more to cut from the Vulnerable and Older Peoples services, so perhaps apart from stoping them. This won't bother Geraghty and his Posse at both County or City Councils will it? Jabbadad
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