Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has criticised the Scottish Government on the state of roads around the region.
Labour used a Freedom of Information request to all of Scotland’s local authorities to find out if underfunding from central government had affected road repairs. 6 councils did not provide the information asked for but 26 other councils in Scotland did. According to Labour the ‘FOI revealed that it would take almost £1.7 billion to get Scotland’s local roads up to scratch.’
Figures for Local Authorities within the Highlands and Islands
Scottish Parliamentary Region
|Local Authority||Road Repair Backlog|
|Argyll and Bute||£112,251,000|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||£36,000,000|
Commenting on the figures Rhoda Grant said:
“These figures are utterly astounding. The combined total for the Highlands and Islands is almost half a billion pounds (£417,611,000).
“Rural areas in general have been worst affected with Highland roads alone requiring almost £200million of repairs (£194,827,000).
“Communities have been crying out for help but their voices have gone unheard by the Scottish Government. They now need to stop blaming others and properly support local authorities to get these repairs done before someone gets hurt travelling on roads that are not fit for purpose.”