Botched plans mean Manchester Council will underspend on repairing the city's roads by nearly £18m, the Liberal Democrats have revealed today.
Championing the investment, the council claims it will spend £4m repairing more than 14,000 potholes on roads and pavements in the city. But failure to keep contractors in line has meant that last year's work in now being delivered behind schedule and with the budget revised accordingly makes for a loss in road repairs of £17.6m.
"Countless people at our local advice sessions tell me that their car or bike has been seriously damaged by the dreadful state of our roads and cyclists in particular struggle to make it down roads without having to dangerously swerve deep potholes.
"This constant lack of scrutiny on private contractors is unacceptable and another example of why a Liberal Democrat opposition on this council is so vital."