September 16 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A project to upgrade the A120 is still ongoing despite it not being given specific national funding.
The road was not included in spending given to specific projects in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.
On Monday it was announced £84million would be spent in the next financial year in the SELEP area, covering Essex, Kent and East Sussex, with a further £358.2m for the following five years.
It is understood approximately £126m will come to Essex, with around £69m for South Essex and £57m for the rest of the county.
Improvements to the A120 were included in an Essex County Council (ECC) wish-list adoped by the SELEP as part of its bid for the funding, but the scheme has not been named as in line for funding within the next two years.
But Kevin Bentley, deputy leader of Essex County Council and councillor for economic growth and infrastructure, has said background work on the scheme would be ongoing in the backround.
Mr Bentley said: “All of the projects are extremely important, there’s no question of that, but it is the ones which can be done the quickest which are going forward.
“They have to stand up to a business case, but I am confident they will be done.
“A lot of people are working on the A120.
“Our job is to make sure while we are delivering some projects the others are being brought forward. It is a constant workload.
“We are passionate about upgrading the A120 and it will get done.
“It cannot be done quickly because as with many of these projects we need to consult the public as well.
“My personal belief is this is the closest we have been for a long time in delivering road infrastructure projects and there is more to come.”
Speaking about the funding in general he added: “All money given to us is good and has to be welcomed. All in all we did pretty well.
“We are still in the process of number crunching.
“Other projects are already underway as we forward funded them.
“The most important thing is we deliver for the residents and the government, who have given us the freedom and trust to do this.
“Importantly we also have the business community on side and behind the work we are doing. While I defend the Essex corner, businesses don’t care when their clients cross borders.”