Tories were wrong about road repairs

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

Sir, With re­gard to your ar­ti­cle last week, “Tories hit out at road bud­get”, I would like to set the record straight on the coun­cil’s roads main­te­nance pro­gramme and other in­vest­ments we are mak­ing in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

What the Tories failed to tell your read­ers is that the coun­cil is cur­rently spend­ing about £22 mil­lion a year on road and foot­way main­te­nance, and the in­de­pen­dent Scot­tish road main­te­nance con­di­tion sur­vey shows that lo­cal road con­di­tions have im­proved in each of the last seven years.

What’s more, the SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion’s bud­get pro­tected the long-term roads in­vest­ment plan and also pro­vided an ad­di­tional £2 mil­lion for the win­ter main­te­nance pro­vi­sion.

As part of that we are work­ing hard to ad­dress the dam­age which has in­evitably re­sulted from one of the worst win­ters we have ex­pe­ri­enced for some years.

Frankly, I am sur­prised the Tories feel able to break cover and com­ment on the coun­cil bud­get at all, given that they ac­tu­ally op­posed a raft of other im­por­tant mea­sures which will help the most vul­ner­a­ble in our so­ci­ety, es­pe­cially chil­dren across South La­nark­shire who find them­selves in poverty.

The Tories have a brass neck crit­i­cis­ing our pro­gres­sive bud­get con­sid­er­ing that if they were in power na­tion­ally, Scot­land’s bud­get would’ve been slashed by over £500 mil­lion. Coun­cil­lor John Anderson Chair, Com­mu­nity and En­ter­prise Re­sources, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil

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