Big boost for vital infrastructure

picture of a streelight.The Council is investing in LED street lighting that is more environmentally-friendly.

Posted on: 22 February 2019

Devon County Council will be spending nearly £500 million on vital infrastructure works over the next five years.

County councillors have approved a capital programme worth over £481 million – £17 million more than originally proposed. It includes almost £111 million for 2019/20.

The budget calls for £8.7 million to be invested in LED street lighting that will generate savings in the future as well as being more environmentally-friendly.

There will be an additional £3.6 million towards the North Devon Link Road improvements as well as investment in flood prevention works.

There will be more money for digital infrastructure and accessible adaptations to county schools to help keep children with special needs in mainstream education.

County Treasurer Mary Davis told councillors: “The capital programme continues to be focused on maximising external funding to support growth across the county.

“The (national) budget announced an additional £18 million of local highways maintenance funding for the repair of roads, including potholes, bridges and local highways infrastructure generally.”

Council leader John Hart said: “This is a major investment in improving Devon’s roads, schools and social care provision.

“But not only will it help make life better for our residents and boost the economy, but it will provide work for people in communities all across Devon.”

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