Multi-million pound roads plan agreed - only 2 Broch councillors present

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A multi-million pound infrastructure programme for road maintenance was agreed last week for the by the Banff and Buchan Area Committee.

While over £4.5 million in funding was discussed and agreed upon by the committee only two Fraserburgh councillors showed up to the meeting.

Councillors Brian Topping and Charles Buchan attended the Area Committee which saw £3,940,876 in road maintenance works and a further £703,000 in winter maintenance and emergency works fought for and agreed upon .

Councillors Ian Tait and Michael Watt were not in attendance.

Cllr Topping said: “Obviously we are delighted that we were there to support and approve the funding but we’re a bit disappointed that we were the only two Fraserburgh councillors there to support it.”

The now approved funding will see £40,418 allocated to resurfacing Robertson Road while £22,000 will be spent on footway reconstruction at Charlotte Street.

Among other Broch projects £40,000 will also be spent on street lighting works at Shore Street.

Cllr Buchan said: “I’m delighted that the Fraserburgh and District ward has been given the funds to deliver the roads maintenance that we, and our residents, have been asking for.

“Only Brian Topping and I attended the Area Committee meeting representing Fraserburgh , and it was left to us to fight and vote on the roads proposals, and the provision for Fraserburgh and District the large amount of Council funding needed, in the context of economic stringency.”

Councillor Tait did attend an earlier meeting with councillors in February to discuss the Road Maintenance Programme.