Devon

Exeter project funding uncertain despite start of work

Funding for a new town and business park are under threat in Exeter despite the foundations of a bridge being laid.

Devon County Council (DCC) spent £4.2m on the cyclist and pedestrian bridge which was due to link Exeter with new town, Cranbrook and a business park.

But the council says it has to make £6m of savings this year, and can not confirm that funding will be available for the town and business park.

It is expected that a decision about the funding will be made in the autumn.

Image caption Plans for more than 3,000 homes in Cranbrook have been put forward

Funding for the bridge was agreed by the Labour government, but the coalition government has put the funding decision on hold.

Councillor Stuart Hughes from DCC said: "If you were given £4.2m by the previous government and you had to spend it, or you would lose it, what would you do?

"You would go ahead and you would build that, and I'm hoping now that what's going to happen is we're going to see the other improvements to junction 29."

The bridge is due to be completed by the end of the year.

Announcing plans to reduce its budget by £6m, DCC said children's services, education and transport were areas likely to be affected.

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