Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands Conservative MSP, raised constituents’ concerns about the poor condition of many local roads in the Highlands and Islands at Thursday’s Question Time in the Scottish Parliament.
Mr McGrigor questioned the Transport Minister Keith Brown, emphasising that the many potholes on local roads did damage to cars, were dangerous to motorcyclists and left a bad impression for tourists. Jamie asked the Mr Brown what recent discussions he had had with local authorities in his region on the subject and whether he believed enough was being done to address concerns that had been repeatedly voiced by Audit Scotland.
Mr Brown said that local road maintenance was a matter for local authorities, whose budgets were under severe pressure, and it was always possible to do more. He also confirmed that the Scottish Government would be adopting the Kennacraig to Campbeltown section of the A83 road as a trunk road from July this year, taking over responsibility for this from Argyll and Bute Council.
Speaking afterwards, Mr McGrigor said: “Audit Scotland itself has noted that public concern about the condition of Scotland’s roads remains high and has recommended further efforts by councils.
“While all of us are aware of the pressure on local authority budgets, many constituents believe that road maintenance must be a high priority and I agree with them.
“I will continue to speak up on behalf of constituents who want to see improvements in the interests of road safety and ensuring tourists are not left with a poor impression of my fantastic region.”