RUTHERGLEN POLITICIANS HAIL HALF MILLION POUND WINTER ROAD BOOST

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RUTHERGLEN POLITICIANS HAIL HALF MILLION POUND WINTER ROAD BOOST

Elected representatives for Rutherglen have welcomed an announcement by the Scottish Government that South Lanarkshire Council is in line for £500,000 in extra funding for road repairs.

Local authorities across Scotland are set to benefit from an additional £10 million to repair roads following the extended wintry weather experienced earlier this year. This money will be in addition to the financial settlements already provided by the Scottish Government to councils following February’s budget process.

The new administration at South Lanarkshire Council have previously committed to providing a further £2 million to the council’s winter maintenance fund in light of the adverse weather.

Commenting, Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey said:

“Scotland experienced unprecedented levels of extreme weather in recent months, culminating in our first-ever Red Alert for snow by the Met Office in late February.

“The severe weather will have led to South Lanarkshire Council incurring unexpected additional costs to their maintenance budget, and simultaneously, caused more damage to Scotland’s road network.

“By assisting councils to keep our road networks safe and efficient, the Scottish Government are not only improving conditions for road users, but extending the life span of the road networks and benefiting the wider economy.”

Adding, Rutherglen South Cllr Carol Nugent said:

“This extra money from the Scottish Government is incredibly welcome. The roads in Rutherglen were severely impacted by the weather, and the council have been working relentlessly to maintain them ever since.

“In addition to the council’s winter maintenance fund, this extra funding will go a long way in ensuring our roads are to the standard people rightly expect.”

ENDS

Notes:

Details of the Scottish Government funding can be found here:

https://news.gov.scot/news/extra-gbp-10-million-for-road-maintenance

 

Date published: 3rd May 2018

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