16 January 2011

Stevenson Welcomes Scottish Government Pothole Money

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed a statement by the Scottish Government that a further 15 million pounds will be made available to local authorities to help with emergency pothole repairs following the recent severe winter weather.

The money will be shared amongst all of Scotland’s local authorities and will help to reduce the impact of emergency roadworks on future budgets.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“This extra cash from the Scottish Government to help the Council deal with the huge number of potholes that the recent severe weather has caused to surface is very welcome.

“It is doubly important given that that public bodies are already having to wrestle with tough budget positions as a result of Tory cuts in Westminster. This money will help to reduce additional budget pressure from emergency repair costs.

“Drivers the length and breadth of Banff & Buchan and, indeed, throughout Scotland and beyond have something of a slalom course at the moment but this funding should help get the emergency work of filling in holes progressed as quickly as possible.

“We must also hope for a bit of respite from the severe weather so that workers have time to tackle the potholes rather than fighting blizzards and ice.”
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