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    M392 – Road Resurfacing Motion 2016, TSR Labour Party
    This House believes that more money should be invested in road resurfacing by the Government..

    At the moment, local councils are only given enough money for major roads and many of the resurfacing measures that do take place are only short-term.

    The UK has the fifth biggest economy in the world yet many of its roads are poorly maintained and most of the resurfacing techniques currently used are unsustainable. It is crucial for us to have better infrastructure if we are to develop further as a country and one way this can be achieved is by the Government investing significantly more money in road resurfacing.
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    As I understand most councils are in a catch 22 situation where money which would be used to resurface roads is instead used to compensate drivers effected by roads not being resurfaced. Many roads by me a pre resurfaced annually which I would assume is a result of them being only temporary?
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    Aye - there's a great large pothole around Cookstown, and a few more around Strabane!
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    And this will cost how much?

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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    And this will cost how much?

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    To repair all of Britain's roads, it would cost £12 bn.
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    To repair all of Britain's roads, it would cost £12 bn.
    Citation?

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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26862992
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    I'd argue the money isn't there and there are a lot more important things for local councils to spend money on
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    (Original post by PetrosAC)
    I'd argue the money isn't there and there are a lot more important things for local councils to spend money on
    Part of the problem is that local councils are dramatically underfunded, because it's an area the Tories can make cuts and have the local council rather than central government blamed.
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    Smaller roads are more likely than main roads to be used by cyclists, and so more people will benefit. As for funding, if fuel duty was increased by the same percentage as rail fares each year, instead of being frozen as for the last six years, this I am sure could fund the £12n over a few years.
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    The money given for road resurfacing to Bristol City Council for example, was instead used to cover administrative costs and Ferguson's stupid vanity projects.

    If this were to go ahead, the money could not just be given to local government in the hope that they would do something. It would need to be made explicitly clear that the money solely be used for road resurfacing.
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    (Original post by tengentoppa)
    The money given for road resurfacing to Bristol City Council for example, was instead used to cover administrative costs and Ferguson's stupid vanity projects.

    If this were to go ahead, the money could not just be given to local government in the hope that they would do something. It would need to be made explicitly clear that the money solely be used for road resurfacing.
    You're quite right about this. Local councils would need to provide the government with a breakdown of how they spent that money because otherwise, they will spend it on something else.
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    Road surfacing is a matter devolved to local authorities who also have the option to raise cash through taxation or further spending cuts. I will not rule out a funding increase but at this time, neither will i commit to one.
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    Aye - there's a great large pothole around Cookstown, and a few more around Strabane!
    Good oul Strabanistan
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    This motion is in cessation.
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    Division! Clear the lobbies!
 
 
 
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