Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Government betrays Cambridgeshire over funds for growth

Yesterday's Cambridge News revealed that the Government will be cutting £6 million of funds that had been allocated to help Cambridgeshire deal with the housing growth being imposed centrally by the Government.

Cllr Ray Manning, the Conservative leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council put it perfectly when he said (my emphasis):

"Removing this crucial infrastructure funding will put us in a very difficult position and could put existing projects in jeopardy. I very much doubt, however, that the government will reduce housing targets accordingly.

"We want to see new homes and communities that we will be proud of – not developments without the schools, health services and community facilities necessary to make them work."

Hot on the heals of other scandals such as the negative housing subsidy to Cambridge (sounds a bit like a 'zero percent rise', doesn't it?) and under-funded 'free' concessionary bus fares, it rather looks as if the Government doesn't care about Cambridge.

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