Lochhead renews call for a rethink over gritting priority on Speyside

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SPEYSIDE RESIDENTS ARE continuing to express their concerns over winter road maintenance around Glenlivet – prompting a third letter from Richard Lochhead MSP to the local authority.

People in the area remain unhappy that Conservative and Independent councillors refused a motion at a full council meeting last month seeking they revisit the issue of downgrading the priority of the route.

Snowfall over the last week has tuned minds further to the issues the reduction has had on the area – now Mr Lochhead has again written to Moray Council’s Chief Executive, Roddy Burns, urging the Council to review that decision.

The MSP has also urged Mr Burns to provide the options available at this stage for residents who wish the decision to be reversed.

Mr Lochhead said: “With the winter weather we’ve had over the last week it seems the people in Glenlivet have really felt the impact of the reduction in road maintenance by the Moray Council.

“More and more people are getting in touch with me to express their fears over the safety implications of this decision, and it is absolutely clear that people are deeply unhappy that the Conservative led administration blocked a motion to review the downgrading of maintenance in the area.

“We’re all well aware of how severe the weather can be in Speyside and folk in the community are simply astounded that Council would reduce priority in the area worst affected by snow.

“The Council needs to recognise that residents’ fears are not going to go away and that they really need to reverse this decision or put in place a maintenance plan that addresses the concerns of those living and working in Glenlivet.”

Two weeks ago Moray’s Conservative MP, Douglas Ross, also recently called on the local authority to rethink the position at Glenlivet.

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