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Private Street Works

Volume 171: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the allocation of grant aid for the improvement of private street works.

I do not give specific grant aid for the improvement of private street works. Where these are undertaken by local authorities they normally bill the frontagers, but they can meet some of the costs themselves where they consider that wider community benefits justify it.Under section 13 of the Industrial Development Act 1982 I give grants both to private sector developers and to local authorities towards providing road access for new industrial development in assisted areas. Expenditure by a local authority on these schemes which could otherwise be rechargeable to domestic frontagers can be taken into account in assessing eligible expenditure for these grants.