Last week, Scottish Government Finance Secretary Derek MacKay announced an additional £10 million fund for councils in order to repair road damages caused by the prolonged cold and wet weather periods over winter this year.
The £10.7 million fund will be distributed amongst all 32 local authorities – with the details of the distribution to be agreed by COSLA.
Commenting, Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford said:
“It’s been a long and cold winter and the combination of Scotland’s wet climate and the constant freezing and thawing has taken its toll on our roads. The Met Office issued its first ever late-February red weather warning this year, and local authorities across the country have been working flat out to fix the mess that was left behind.
“Improving the road network following this damage will prolong the lifetime of the infrastructure, better protect driver safety, and support economic benefits for our local communities.”
SNP Spokesperson on Environment, Councillor Jim Thomson:
“The SNP partnership Administration on Stirling Council increased road maintenance spending by £1 million this year and had committed an extra £750,000 on top of that to fixing the damage caused by poor weather.
“This additional investment from the Scottish Government will be a great boost to helping get our roads back up to standard following unprecedented weather events.”