Highland Council to receive extra Scottish Government funding for road repairs

Highland Council will be one of the beneficiaries from an additional £10 million of Scottish Government funding to help cover the cost of road repairs following the extended wintry weather.

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes welcomed the news – which is on top of the recent £4 million which Transport Scotland released to address urgent maintenance issues on trunk roads such as the A82 and A87.

The Scottish Government’s Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said that the distribution of the new additional £10 million funding will be agreed with COSLA.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “Over the last few months, the roads in the Highlands have become progressively worse.

“There are sections which are downright dangerous in Skye, Lochaber, Badenoch and Dingwall and the Black Isle.

“I have been understandably inundated by emails and phone calls from constituents complaining about the roads.

“As somebody who drives across the constituency regularly, I can see the state of the roads myself.

“I am pleased that, on top of the extra £4 million for trunk roads like the A82 and A87, Highland Council will also have a share of the £10 million to do up Council-managed roads.

“I hope that Highland Council spends this money on the areas that need it the most.

“Constituents should see an improvement in their roads, particularly those areas that resemble the surface of the moon.

“Highland Council have pleaded budget constraints as an excuse for the poor state of the roads, but somethings don’t add up.

“We have the worst school estate in the country, despite being the second highest beneficiary of school capital funding.

“Our roads are in a very poor state, despite a fair funding settlement.”

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