Leader insists road are improving
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.