Council services review to fund more road repairs

MILLIONS of pounds are to be spent on the district's roads by making cuts to other council services. A complete review of every department

MILLIONS of pounds are to be spent on the district's roads by making cuts to other council services.A complete review of every department at North Somerset Council has been ordered to try to identify where money can be saved to spend on the area's crumbling roads.The Conservative party, which won a massive 43 seats in last week's local elections to take control of the authority, promised voters it would make repairing the road network one of its top priorities.Group leader Nigel Ashton ordered the review as one of his first acts after the elections. His party believes the council has grown in size over the years.Cllr Ashton said: "Every time a Government directive comes down we employ more people using grant money but when that grant runs out - we're stuck with things we can't afford."In the past small amounts of money have been taken off each department to raise funds."We do not think this works and we are going to look at stopping some services."For example we have 46 people and are thinking of taking on another three in our housing department and the housing stock has been sold off."I don't know what these employees do, it is not a reflection on how they are working. We are not in the business of making people redundant.


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