Barnet Council agrees funding for roads and the unemployed

Barnet Council has agreed to invest £4.5 million in improving roads and pavements as well as in helping young people not in employment, education or training.

At last night’s cabinet meeting the proposals, which were part of a service improvement fund, were agreed.

They will focus on the financial years 2012/13 and 2012/14.

From the fund £3.5 million will be made available for mending roads and pavements across the borough.

This is a response to a recent survey which indicated that improving the borough’s roads and pavements was a top concern for residents.

This sum is in addition to a £3 million fund for roads and pavements which was agreed in January.

The remaining £1 million in the new fund will be used to support 16 to 24-year-olds who are not in employment or education.

The money will offer financial support to Barnet businesses which take on a young person as an apprentice or intern.

It is hoped that the money will give unemployed people their first experience of the world of work.

Finally, the fund will also be used to support voluntary organisations which give unemployed young people work experience.

Barnet Council, Leader Richard Cornelius, said: “Our residents have told us that improving the condition of the borough’s road and pavements is a top priority.

“The bad weather over the past few winters has damaged our roads and pavements and we need to fix them while we can.

“We are investing in the future of our borough through helping our young people and fixing our roads and pavements.”

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2:43pm Thu 21 Jun 12

harvey_uk says...

Why not train the unemployable to fix roads and pavements?
Why not train the unemployable to fix roads and pavements? harvey_uk

12:04am Fri 29 Jun 12

Martin.Roach says...

I met Richard Cornelius and told him about the following:

In West Hendon, Barnet Council negligently allowed a cable TV company to cut through all the re-inforcing bars in the road causing £250,000 of damage. There were also eight separate water leaks under the road, although Veolia Water denied that there were any.

Although Barnet's Chief Engineer said the road was likely to collapse and dangerous, they still allowed traffic to use the road without any safety precautions for ELEVEN months.

How's that for "Duty of Care" ?

Richard Cornelius has said that there's nothing at all he will say or do about this.

In 2010, when the Council took the Cable co. and Veolia Water to court for the damage, the council ended up having to pay their own legal costs of £12,000 and the other parties' costs of £28,000.

An absolute bargain for the Council tax-payers of Barnet, don't you think?
I met Richard Cornelius and told him about the following: In West Hendon, Barnet Council negligently allowed a cable TV company to cut through all the re-inforcing bars in the road causing £250,000 of damage. There were also eight separate water leaks under the road, although Veolia Water denied that there were any. Although Barnet's Chief Engineer said the road was likely to collapse and dangerous, they still allowed traffic to use the road without any safety precautions for ELEVEN months. How's that for "Duty of Care" ? Richard Cornelius has said that there's nothing at all he will say or do about this. In 2010, when the Council took the Cable co. and Veolia Water to court for the damage, the council ended up having to pay their own legal costs of £12,000 and the other parties' costs of £28,000. An absolute bargain for the Council tax-payers of Barnet, don't you think? Martin.Roach

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