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July 7, 2020 10:05 AM
Originally published by Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats

Herts County Council has missed out on £450,000 of government funding for emergency measures to improve pavements and cycle ways. The council was promised nearly £1.7 million from the government for work that could be done in the next few weeks if it could come up with suitable schemes. Having looked at the council's proposals the government has cut the funding to just over £1.2 million. It is one of 22 councils who have missed out on their full allocation whilst 32 were given everything that they were promised. Hertfordshire's reduction is the third largest in England.

The Department of Transport has said that "lack of ambition" was behind the reductions.

Liberal Democrat County Councillor Steve Jarvis said, "It is disappointing that Hertfordshire has missed out on nearly half a million pounds that could have been spent on improving facilities for cyclists and pedestrians but I am not enormously surprised. The council says it wants to promote active travel but it is not actually doing very much to make this happen. That means that, unlike some other councils, it didn't have enough schemes that were ready to put into place when the government offered it extra money."

"There is still a second tranche of up to £6.7 million on offer for improvements that will take longer to build. We will be applying pressure for the proposals from Hertfordshire's Conservative leaders to come up to scratch next time."