An announcement by the Government that it will fund works to the A5 between Dordon island and Grendon has been welcomed by Labour Councillors who have led the campaign for infrastructure investment in the Borough.
Labour Councillors have however called on the local Conservative Council to scrap their plans to dump thousands of homes around Dordon and Polesworth after the Government confirmed the money for the A5 will come from their own funds rather than the housing infrastructure fund.
Labour’s Group Leader, Councillor Adam Farrell said;
“Investment in North Warwickshire is always welcome and after ten years of austerity, it’s about time the Government put some real money into areas like ours. This now provides an opportunity for our Conservative Council to look again at their plans to dump thousands of homes around Dordon, Polesworth and Atherstone. This new funding has not come from the housing infrastructure fund so the argument that we have to build the homes is becoming weaker every day. It’s time we looked at building the homes we need in a sustainable way that protects local rural communities.
“This announcement by the Government does however not go far enough. It is a small amount of money, around £60million and despite reports to the contrary, there is no guaranteed funding for an upgrade of the whole of the A5 across North Warwickshire. The Government has already said we will have to wait until 2025 until it is even considered. That is simply not good enough.
“Local people need our roads fixing now and it should never be dependent on thousands more homes being dumped on our area.”