Just a month after Tory MP Graham Stuart was forced into ripping up road repairs, which he had gained for free, it has come to light that Cllr Charles Bayrum has received 40 ft worth of free tarmacing for his drive.
This comes in the wake of a recent survey which listed East Riding of Yorkshire Council 196th out of 213 local authorities for its response on dealing with the problem of potholes.
It was also found 8.97 per cent of drivers in the district damage their vehicles on potholes, well above the national average of 5.1 per cent.
These figures were widely quoted in the press in June 2011.
South Cave resident Colin Turner said, “Whilst the Council is planning to slash spending by over £20 million Cllr Bayrum thinks it is somehow part of his entitlement as a Councillor to have work done for free to improve the environment where he lives. This is proof positive that Tories simply do not practice what they preach regarding all of us “being in it together” during these hard economic times. It seems that the Tories are either way out of touch with public feeling, or they are simply contemptuous of the concerns of the residents they claim to serve.”
The Howden Labour Party Branch Chairman went on to call for a “full and detailed review” of all such work carried out on behalf of the Council to private areas.
“We demand to know if there is a culture of favours being done for certain individuals at the expense of East Riding citizens as a whole”.
East Riding Labour Councillor Josh Newlove told the media that Cllr Bayram, “needs to consider how his constituents, already up against it due to the VAT hike and soaring inflation will feel when they see him getting something for nothing”.