THE spending on Kirklees highways during the past five years, 2003/4 to 2007/8, was £133.1m gross, £95.3m net. Included in these figures was a substantial reduction of funding in 2006/07 of £10.5m. How can a budget of £114m over the next five years hope to solve the problem of Kirklees’ deteriorating highways, unless the £114m is the net figure? King’s Bridge on Newsome Road is to be strengthened again? Reconstruction work is already taking place on Blackmoorfoot Road.