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RED ROUTE SCRAPPED AS TORIES SEAL WOLVES ALLIANCE

08-05-2008

Wolverhampton’s Conservative party will lead the City Council in alliance with the Liberal Democrats following last Thursday’s election breakthrough – but they insist it’s not a coalition. One of their first actions will be to scrap a controversial, jambusting Red Route.

A deal was done yesterday which will see the Lib Dems take the chairmanship of three committees, although they won’t have a seat in Cabinet.

In return, their five councillors will support the Tories, who have 27, to outvote Labour who remain the largest party with 28.

Conservative leader Neville Patten said there would be further negotiations today, but insisted the discussions had been amicable because “some of the things we put forward they agree with anyway.”

One of the most striking deals is an agreement to axe the congestion-busting Red Route currently being trialled on the A449 in Fordhouses, in the face of strong local opposition.

The previous Labour administration delayed a review scheduled for April to June, but Patten said, “The public have already made up their minds.

"They've told us they don't want it.  One or two businesses have already closed because people can't park there.

"They didn't need a Red Route - just to enforce the existing yellow lines and other parking restrictions."

The Conservatives are already committed to cutting Council Tax, and with the support of the Lib Dems aim to roll out kerbside recycling of plastic and cardboard within three months.

There are also plans for a Review of Youth Services, with the intention of providing more facilities for teenagers.

Patten, who revealed that he’s a Stirrer reader, chuckled at suggestions of splits within the Tory ranks that have emerged on our Message Board. He pointed out that at Tuesday’s party AGM he was elected unopposed.

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