The £600 million controlled by the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough should be spent on solving the countys current problems before splashing it elsewhere. Thats the message from UKIP candidate for the job, Councillor Paul Bullen, who says too much public money has been wasted on wrong decisions, and that local government should be made more efficient. A lot of the candidates are saying we need to hit the ground running and as soon as weve got the money we need to spend it, Cllr Bullen, who currently sits on Cambridgeshire County Council, told The Hunts Post. No. Thats a recipe for wasting it in my view and we need to take a step back. Unfortunately the county council, especially, has made some huge, wrong decisions in the past, he added. The guided busway was wrong it was the wrong transportation project at the wrong place at the wrong time, and its not tried and tested and thats why its falling apart because its on fenland and it sinks. Then we had the lighting PFI [Private Finance Initiative] contract. Why we didnt stipulate LED lighting at a time when LED technology was proven and affordable and drops your electricity bills by more than 90 per cent I dont know. We put more bulbs in the lights, and half of them didnt need changing anyway. Thats why I wouldnt go head first into spending £600 million of public money. And thats the big thing for me its not my money. When the new mayor is elected to the combined authority, he or she will be given £20million to share out between each of the countys council areas. The funding will continue every year for 30 years, totalling £600million. I would look initially at what we currently have the infrastructure we currently have in my view is not fit for purpose, Cllr Bullen added. It needs money spent on it and there are millions of potholes all over the place. There are traffic signals that are wrong, dont work and which slow down traffic. I believe there is a lot we can do with the infrastructure we currently have that would be better than spending money on a grandiose project thats going to cost £60 million. So if we decided to dual the whole of the A428, yes it needs doing and would be beneficial, but youve still got the trunk points at either end which need fixing. You need to look at the whole transport infrastructure. The former RAF officer also believes there is no reason whatsoever for the county council to increase council tax, and that its another area where money is being wasted. A two per cent increase is half of one per cent of what we spend on adult social care. It doesnt make any difference, but what it does make a huge difference for is those hard working families in large homes because they have three or four children, are both working, but are on the minimum wage. I think its very disingenuous for councillors to say its only 40p a week or 50p a week on your council bill. Yes, it may well for that part of the precept, but what they dont say is that as well as the county council having precept rating powers, so too do the town and parish councils, so too does the district council, so too does the police and crime commissioner, so too does the fire authority, and when you add them all together its significantly more than what people say. The mayor will have precept rating powers for the future, both for the precept and to raise business rates. We cannot continue to tax our people, but we also cannot continue to load more taxes on businesses because that will not improve the economy. Despite his plans, Cllr Bullen says he would prefer a unitary authority for the county rather than a combined one. A unitary authority is when a single authority governs an area, replacing all councils within it, whereas a combined authority sees existing authorities collaborate and take collective decisions across council boundaries. Im not so sure this deal is the right one, but it doesnt matter its a start. I firmly believe in devolution because I think its a step towards a unitary authority or some form of unitary authority. What I do have a problem with is the fact that it doesnt only put one more level of bureaucracy into local government, but two. You have the combined authority and then on top of that you have the mayoral office, along with all the staff and expense that entails. We do not need those two extra tiers of local government to administer a devolution deal. However, we are where we are so if I became mayor my job will be to get rid of the county council first because I dont believe you need a county council, a city deal board, and a combined authority and the unitary authority in Peterborough, all of whom have transport infrastructure responsibilities. We dont need four separate organisations to do that. The mayoral elections will take place on May 4, and for information visit cambridgeshire.gov.uk\/devolution.HUNTINGDONSHIRE TRAFFIC Cllr Bullen says he will treat every part of the county the same, but that its important to realise each area has unique problems. In his bid to become mayor, he hopes to look at changes to the Huntingdon ring road. He said: Its an utter catastrophe. I cannot believe someone with half a brain would put that ring round Huntingdon because it just gridlocks the town. In my view, if you can have buses going both ways why cant you have cars going both ways? he added. Cllr Bullen also used Tesco Express, in Nedingworth Road, St Ives, as an example of where to solve traffic problems. The fact it has a very small car park and the changes the county council made to the road outside causes gridlock at rush hour, purely because of bad design. That wouldnt cost a fortune to sort out and it would get traffic moving within St Ives.