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Council efficiency to benefit highways


Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet is being asked to put an extra £500,000 of funding into the highways budget.

At cabinet on November 16th, councillors will be told of how an improved financial position has meant funding could be diverted into the county's highways budget for improvement works.

Because of new insurance arrangements with the Council's highways contractor, the Council has generated a saving of £500,000.

The proposal is for this one-off saving to be transferred into the Communities & Infrastructure budget in 2016/17 and invested into frontline services.

The extra funding follows a multi million pound program of investment into improving the county's roads by the council's highways department.

It also follows an investment of £1million into highways back in June following an under spend, with an additional £1million funding from the Department of Transport. This would bring the total additional investment on extra highways work this year to £2.5million.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flooding, said: "Investing in the condition of our highways has always been my priority - and that is beginning to make a real difference.

"This extra money would allow us to target some other areas of important highway works, such as safety barrier maintenance and cutting back of roadside vegetation."

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