In the Budget speech the Chancellor said: “My Hon. Friend for Northampton North has been a very persistent campaigner for resources to repair potholes in his constituency and across the country. This persistence has paid off and I’m making £200 million available which local authorities can bid for and I trust Northampton will be making an application.”
So, our caped pothole crusader has obtained loadsamoney for North Northampton? Erm, not quite. Northampton (north and south!) may apply for some but there is no guarantee they will get it.
Unforseen? Utter tosh! Every failure point was predicted before it happened. The local paper was full of headlines and letters about the inadequate size of the new facility and the potential for gridlock. This from May 2012, long before a brick was laid or a sheet of glass emputtied.
But Michael Ellis' most "interesting" comments are made about Northampton's facilities for National Express passengers; which will feature in tomorrow's blog.