A PROBE has been launched into a Kirklees Council plan to spend £4m on road improvements.
Kirklees Overview and Scrutiny Committee has `called-in' a decision taken by the Cabinet on September 27 for additions to the road improvements programme.
There have been allegations that the roads chosen for repair are in the wards of Conservative councillors.
The decision follows an agreement by Kirklees Council on June 28 to spend £4m on a programme of repairs to estate roads, pavements and street lighting.
But at its meeting last week, the Cabinet decided to spend the extra funding on higher profile strategic roads rather than estate roads.
Now five Lib Dem councillors - Kath Pinnock, John Smithson, Ann Denham, Andrew Marchington and Nicola Turner - have requested the decision be called in.
* The original decision taken by full council was designed to reduce the disparity between wards in terms of estate roads, street lighting and pavement conditions
* The criteria applied by the Cabinet to determine how the additional money would be targeted was not made clear.
The `call in' means that the Cabinet's decision is suspended until it has been reviewed by an Overview and Scrutiny panel.
The decision will be considered by a meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel for Safer Stronger Communities, chaired by Clr Masood Ahmed.
The meeting will be at 2pm next Tuesday in Huddersfield Town Hall.
On hearing all the evidence and information, the panel will decide either to allow the decision to be implemented immediately or to refer the decision back to Cabinet with a recommendation for an alternative solution.
Clr Molly Walton, who chairs the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee, of which the panel is a sub-group, said: "The formal procedure to call in cabinet decisions is rarely used in Kirklees.
"On this issue elected members have expressed serious concerns about the decision that has been taken and Scrutiny will hold the Cabinet to account for that decision."
The panel will look at all the information used by the Cabinet to reach its decision and will be questioning the Cabinet member for environment and transportation as well as senior council officers.
Overview and Scrutiny helps councillors who do not hold Cabinet posts by enabling them to challenge the decision-making of the Cabinet, currently all Conservatives.
The electorate chose no overall control in this year's council elections, but the Tories are the largest party on the council.