THE Labour Government's public spending 'mess' could threaten the go ahead for Kingskerswell bypass, it has been claimed.
Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling said during yesterday's trip to Newton Abbot and Torquay they feared that rather than giving the go ahead for extra public works in a bid to boost the economy, Labour was slowing down projects, such as the £130million link road.
"At one stage it looked as if the Government was poised to give it the go ahead. But the big worry now is that we are getting the message from Government that there is a New Deal programme of major works, but on the ground they are actually cutting projects. They are cutting schools and colleges, like the South Devon College expansion. The rhetoric is not matching the reality," he said. "I am concerned that the Government will put back this scheme, which we have supported locally and nationally."
But he said he could not give any guarantees that if the Tories got into power they could afford the new road.
"Our concern is that public finances are getting in such a mess, that we will have a real challenge turning it around.
"We want to invest in infrastructure, we want to invest in the future in creating an environment where Britain is an easier and better place to do business and where places like Torbay have a better chance of thriving economically.
"But we have real concerns about what is going to be left in the public sector finances once this is all over. I don't want anyone to be under any illusion about the challenge we will face. There are many things we want to do which will take us longer because of the state of the finances Gordon Brown will be leaving behind. But the goodwill is there and the desire to do right by places like Torbay that needs support and investment."
Mr Grayling said the Tory party was currently working on a series of initiatives centring on seaside resorts.
They hope to publish their results before the summer. "We do understand that areas like Torbay have real issues that have to be tackled," he said. Mr Grayling was looking at the work being achieved with community policing and community safety.