Edinburgh City Council has suffered substantial budget cuts in the past five years, forced on it by the SNP Scottish Government, and further severe reductions are expected in future.
In a difficult financial climate, our priorities should be fixing basic services and supporting vulnerable people.
We need more effort to fix our roads and pavements, keep our streets clean, empty the bins on time and fix our crumbling school buildings.
Lib Dem proposals would also tackle the care crisis for the elderly, provide more effective solutions for homeless people and school lunches for eligible children during the holidays.
We listened to the feedback on the Budget consultation to reduce the cut to Edinburgh Leisure and drop the brown bin charge. Our proposals were rejected and the SNP/Labour budget was passed on 22 February.
Edinburgh’s Roads Condition Index score has deteriorated to 36.4%, i.e. 36.4% of our roads are in need of maintenance.
In the Budget debate, Lib Dems proposed five times as much additional spending on roads and pavements as the SNP/Labour administration.
The Council has allowed our roads and pavements to deteriorate to such an extent that numerous potholes and broken surfaces represent a continuing hazard to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Roads such as Myreside Road and Forbes Road are sorely in need of repair.
You can view Councillor Neil Ross talking about the Council budget and roads here: