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Cambs Lib Dems over-turn cuts to winter gritting

December 14, 2016 10:14 PM
Originally published by East of England Liberal Democrats

Dave Hodgson with Bedford Borough Council Gritting LorryWinter gritting cuts in Cambridgeshire proposed by the Conservatives have been overturned, following a vigorous Lib Dem campaign.

At a meeting of the full county council, councillors voted overwhelmingly to put back the gritting routes that had been withdrawn by the Conservative led council earlier in the year. The County Council had previously voted through a budget which cut the percentage of roads gritted from 44% to 30%, including cuts to many school bus routes.

Sawston resident Brian Milnes attended the meeting and presented a petition signed by hundreds of local residents calling for the routes to be returned to the plan. People were clearly concerned about the impact of the cuts, right across Cambridgeshire, and signed up in their droves. Local people were particularly concerned about key bus routes through the villages, including to many of our local schools.

The Liberal Democrat group on the County Council, led by Lucy Nethsingha, put forward a motion to reverse the cuts. The Conservatives, who originally voted the gritting cuts through, overwhelmingly backed the reversal of their bad decision.

"We would like to thank everyone who signed the petition to show their concern over these dangerous cuts," said Whittlesford resident Peter McDonald. "Not only will our village school routes be safer, but residents will be able to drive safely to and from Whittlesford station without fear of ice on the road. It has been a victory for local people and common sense."