Leader in­sists road are im­prov­ing

Ayrshire Post - - Cumnock And Doon Valley -

East Ayrshire Coun­cil leader Dou­glas Reid in­sisted this week that the con­di­tion of roads have im­proved across the lo­cal au­thor­ity area.

It comes af­ter an Ayrshire Roads Al­liance an­nual re­view said road sur­faces are im­prov­ing, cap­i­tal pro­gramme projects have been com­pleted on time and on bud­get and that win­ter re­silience plans are in place and work­ing well.

The Al­liance has played a key role in large- scale projects over the last fi­nan­cial year in­clud­ing the new build school in Cum­nock, as­sess­ing and pre­par­ing plans for traf­fic man­age­ment, drainage and flood risk con­sid­er­a­tions.

They also de­liv­ered com­plex projects in­clud­ing the New Cum­nock flood project at the Leg­gate and have sup­ported the Ayrshire Growth Deal team host­ing a sum­mit on the im­por­tance of trans­port links for eco­nomic growth.

Coun­cil­lor Reid said the an­nual re­view was good news for the peo­ple, adding: “The con­di­tion of our roads has im­proved, the Al­liance is de­liv­er­ing large- scale projects to sup­port our cap­i­tal pro­gramme and pro­tect our com­mu­ni­ties from flood­ing.

Grit­ters used 14,000 tonnes of salt last year, the high­est ev­ery since the coun­cil was formed in 1996.

Coun­cil­lor Jim Roberts, Cabi­net Mem­ber for Econ­omy and In­fra­struc­ture said: 25 com­mu­nity groups through­out East Ayrshire are now work­ing with the Al­liance to pro­vide pave­ment grit­ting.

“A great ex­am­ple of this is the Grit­ter Gang within Ochiltree who have re­ceived Par­tic­i­pa­tory Bud­get­ing fund­ing to buy equip­ment and have worked with the Al­liance, re­ceiv­ing train­ing and fur­ther equip­ment to sup­port their ef­forts,” he added.

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