ONE of the biggest spending areas in the Tory budget will be the roads of Kirklees.
An investment of £10m has been pledged to fix the dilapidated highways of the area on top of £4m already pledged by the council earlier this year.
Clr Martyn Bolt, Cabinet member for roads and parking, said experts will be called in to survey the roads first.
"There has been a great deal of comment about the roads in Kirklees," he said.
"To make this effective expenditure, what we need to do is have an expert assessment of the road structure in Kirklees and target this money at the most needy roads first.
"Hopefully, by the end of this we will have made a massive improvement in the state of the highways.
"It is an investment programme that we hope to continue."
The Tory budget also sets aside £3m for management of a bid for Government funding for schools.
Clr Jim Dodds, cabinet member for schools, said the council has to submit detailed plans by 2008 to receive £230m under the Building Schools for the Future scheme.
That money will be spent in North Kirklees, but there are plans to secure a similar amount for South Kirklees in a follow-up bid.
He said: "It is about a vision for learning and teaching in the 21st century. We have allocated £3m over three years to help us get this project right.
"We can't afford to get this wrong because this is about the kids of Kirklees."
The budget also outlines plans to spend £6m on extending the council's Warm Zone project.
Currently, it helps people on low incomes to get their homes insulated.
But the extended scheme, called Warm Zone Plus, will help families on average incomes too.
There are also big plans to increase recycling.
The Tory group wants to extend glass recycling collections to every household in Kirklees.
Recycling schemes will also be brought into previously excluded outlying areas.
They also want green bins for recyclable waste to be collected every two weeks instead of every four.
Grey bins would be collected fortnightly instead of once a week.
The new scheme will be introduced in North Kirklees between June to November this year.
Routes in South Kirklees will be converted in February next year.
Outlying routes will be included by 2009.
The total investment in the scheme will be £2m.
The Tories must now wait until the full council meets on February 28 to see if their budget is successful.
They are the biggest party on the hung council.
They have 21 seats, while Labour and the Liberal Democrats both have 20 seats. The British National Party and Greens both have three seats and there are two independent seats.
Clr Light admitted that their plans would flounder if faced with tough opposition from the other parties.
He said they were happy to incorporate suggestions into their scheme - but not if it would make council tax rise by more than 3%.
He said: "We have now got before us an affordable, prudent and sustainable budget for the next three years. But we are quite happy to listen to any sensible ideas.
"We do not have a majority on the council and we rely on some support from other parties.
"But it has to be understood that any penny over the 3% increase will be a direct result of the other parties wanting to spend more money."