Shocking new figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats from Edinburgh City Council show that almost two thirds of this year’s road and pavement resurfacing projects are unlikely to be completed.
The information was obtained in Council questions tabled by Liberal Democrat councillor Kevin Lang. The answers from the Convener of Transport and Environment confirmed that;
- 300 roads were prioritised for resurfacing work this year. Only 67 (22%) have been resurfaced so far. Officials estimate this will rise to only 107 (36%) by the end of March.
- 175 footways were prioritised for resurfacing work this year. Only 10 (6%) have been resurfaced so far. Officials estimate this will rise to only 56 (32%) by the end of March.
Edinburgh is currently ranked in the bottom half (18/32) of Scottish local authorities in terms of roads and pavement conditions.
At the Council budget meeting last February, Liberal Democrat councillors presented a plan to invest an extra £4.5 million in roads and pavement maintenance. However, this proposal was not accepted by the ruling SNP/Labour coalition administration.
Cllr Kevin Lang said, “The condition of many of Edinburgh’s roads and pavements remain an utter disgrace. Communities are plagued by dangerous pot holes and broken surfaces, all of which present a serious danger to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
“It is deeply alarming to see how little of the Council’s planned resurfacing work has been delivered so far. Worse still, officials are predicting that as little as a third of the roads and pavements prioritised for resurfacing are likely to be completed as planned.
“It is another example of the failure of this administration to get the basics right. It shows how wrong SNP and Labour councillors were to reject our plan to invest an extra £4.5 million into repairing roads and pavements. That money could have made a big difference.”