Council leader gives cautious welcome to Budget

The leader of Northumberland County Council has given a cautious welcome to announcements made in today's budget.

Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 4:52 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 5:03 pm
Northumberland County Council Leader Grant Davey.

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed funding of £75m to draw up plans to improve road links between the north east and north west, which could include dualling the A69 west of Northumberland.

There was also an announcement of £130m for road repairs across the north following the winter storms and flooding, which badly affected the county’s road network.

Council leader Grant Davey said: “These were two positive announcements which we hope will benefit Northumberland and the wider region.

“We have been calling on the government for some time to progress work on the A69 and welcome the possibility of a survey.

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“Our aim as an administration has always been to help with the dualling of the road, not just in terms of road safety, but also in terms of creating a much improved link between the M6 and the A1.

“We’ve also been lobbying hard to get fair funding to help repair our infrastructure following the winter storms.

“However we are keen to see the detail as soon as possible in terms of exactly what is proposed, along with timescales.

“As with all these announcements the devil is in the detail and we look forward to getting this at the earliest opportunity.

“But despite these positives I remain very concerned at Mr Osborne’s comments that this country faces an extra £3.5bn in public spending cuts by 2020, as this would severely affect our ability to deliver rural services.”