Cardiff Lib Dems demand fair solution for city's households

November 25, 2014 9:33 AM
Originally published by Jenny Willott MP

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Cardiff's Liberal Democrats are putting pressure on the Labour Council to protect the interests of households across the city.

Cllr Judith Woodman, leader of Cardiff's Liberal Democrat group, has submitted a motion to Thursday's full Council meeting that will require the Council to 'adopt' streets within two years of new housing developments being completed.

"Adopting streets," explained Cllr Woodman, "means the Council takes on responsibility for maintaining road and pavement surfacing, fixing street lights, tending to street furniture and so on.

"Until a street is adopted, the responsibility rests with the developers who can take longer to sort problems out.

"In some instances, streets remain unadopted for over a decade. Meanwhile, residents in those streets wrongly think it's the Council's responsibility and find themselves frustrated when issues aren't quickly resolved.

"They're receiving a second-class deal."

If the motion is successful, the Council would have to establish a protocol following consultation with developers and Welsh Water. The protocol would result in the Council having to adopt streets in new developments within two years of the final property being built, wherever possible.

"This is a sensible and necessary step," said Jenny Willott, Lib Dem MP for Cardiff Central.

"Residents in unadopted streets pay their Council Tax just like anyone else.

"Council Tax rose by almost 5% last year, despite Labour's pledge not to increase it by more than 2%. It is set for a similar rise this year. It is unfair if some residents don't get full value for that money, whilst neighbours on adjacent streets do.

"I'm delighted Liberal Democrat Councillors are standing up for the city's residents."

The motion will be debated by Councillors at Thursday's meeting and Cllr Woodman hopes it will gain widespread support.

"This is a problem that affects residents in every ward. There's also a huge amount of new development planned for the city and it's important the Council ensures residents in these new homes get a fair deal.

"I can't see any reason why Councillors from all parties shouldn't support this motion.

"We'll then be turning our attention to those many streets across the city still waiting for adoption, years after they were built."

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