Sheffielders look set to lose their say over local road safety projects as funding is slashed by ruling Labour councillors.
Sheffield’s seven community assemblies are each allocated money to fund local priority road safety improvements. Under the Liberal Democrats each community assembly was granted up to £275,000; however, new figures reveal each assembly now faces a token budget of just £40,000, a cut of 85%.
Previously these budgets have been used to fund pedestrian crossings, improved signing, and safety measures. It now appears unlikely that many projects will go ahead.
In the meantime, Labour councillors plan to splash out £2.2 million refurbishing meeting rooms in the Town Hall.
The road safety allocation is set to be agreed at Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Highways Committee on Thursday.
Cllr Ian Auckland, Lib Dem Shadow Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport, said:
“No-one knows their roads and streets better than local people, so news that Labour are slashing funding for local projects will come as disappointment to residents across the city.
“Labour’s council bosses claim that no money is available and yet they plan to splash out £2.2 million refurbishing Town Hall offices. Local people will be shocked that this money isn’t being used for local priorities like new pedestrian crossings.”