The SNP Group on Stirling Council have demanded a review on the maintenance of Stirling’s road network. The call comes after an Audit Scotland report earlier this year places the Stirling local authority area as the 7th worst in the country.
The report found that Stirling Council was spending well below the minimum required roads maintenance budget and that only 56.92% of roads through Stirling were in an “acceptable condition.”
In contrast, neighbouring Councils – Clackmannanshire and East Dunbartonshire – both are shown to have committed larger budgets to maintaining their roads than Stirling has, and are spending more than the minimum requirement on roads maintenance.
SNP Forth and Endrick Councillor Graham Lambie said:
“Roads maintenance is yet another fundamental function that the Tory Labour coalition on Stirling Council have proven themselves to be wholly incompetent on. When meeting with Community Councils or speaking with residents, it is clear that the inadequate attention to Stirling’s roads – particularly across rural areas – is damaging communities by making our connecting infrastructure less safe.
“Since forming their coalition on Stirling Council in 2012, the Tories and Labour have drastically cut from Stirling’s roads maintenance budget. Now we know that this has resulted in the condition of these roads dramatically declining.
“When almost every neighbouring local authority is investing more and performing better than Stirling on its commitment to maintaining roads, it is high time we had a full and transparent review on why this current Council has failed so miserably and what lessons can be learned for the future.
“When the SNP ran a minority Administration 2007-12, we saw the opportunity to invest in Stirling’s roads and properly maintain them – pushing them up the leadership board. It is hugely disappointing to see that hard work being undone through a legacy of neglect from the Tories and Labour.”