Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar have said they intend to budget for £500,000 to be spent on local roads.
It will not be finalised until the budget setting in February. However if it does come to pass it will mean £400,000 will be spent on the extension of the existing Roads investment Programme, which comprises of road strengthening and surface enhancement work, and £100,000 towards a programme of road drainage.
Mary Scanlon, Scottish Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands and Party spokesperson for Tourism welcomed the plans: “We take great pride in welcoming tourists from other parts of Scotland, the UK and across the world to the Highlands and Islands and I am hopeful, if this investment is agreed in the council’s budget, the experience visitors have to the area will improve further.
“It can often be daunting driving on roads you are unfamiliar with, perhaps even on the different side of the road for some foreign tourists, so the quality of the road is important to held reduce accidents and improve the experience people have when they visit the area. This will also be a boost for local people who use the roads on a daily basis, it really is a win-win situation.”
A spokesperson for the Council said of the purposed spending: “Both elements would enhance the durability and longevity of existing road surfaces and carriageway construction to reduce the need for reactive maintenance in future years.”