Councillors called on to explain £500k road budget cuts

Opposition SNP Councillors on Dumfries and Galloway Council have been challenged to say where they would make their proposed £500,000 of cuts in the council’s road budget.

At a meeting of the Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure next week (10 March) Councillors will be asked to agree to allocate the council’s £9.5m Infrastructure budget for the year ahead on a range of projects including road resurfacing, new street lighting and improvements to coastal infrastructure. The allocation from the Council’s Capital Budget was agreed as part of the Council’s budget decisions on 5 February.

However, the alternative budget tabled by SNP councillors on the day proposed an Infrastructure budget of just £9m- with £500,000 cut from the spending on roads. The SNP have now been challenged to explain which projects they would have axed if their budget had been agreed.

Chair of the Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee Colin Smyth said, “I haven’t met anyone in Dumfries and Galloway who thinks too much is spent on repairing our local roads -except SNP Councillors. It beggars believe that they opposed the Labour budget allocation of £9.5 m for vital infrastructure work and instead wanted to cut the allocation for road resurfacing by £500,000. They knew well in advance of the budget that we planned to increase spending on our roads by £500,000 and could easily have done the same in their budget plans, but they refused to do so.”

“We now have a full list of projects to agree to spend the £9.5 m on. SNP councillors should now do the decent thing and explain to local people not only why they opposed the extra investment on our roads but exactly which projects they would have axed as a result of their budget plans.”