Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP Graham Simpson for Central Scotland is urging the SNP to invest £200 million in a Pothole Fund to clear up the ‘plague of potholes’ blighting local roads.
Mr. Simpson’s call comes after the Scottish Conservatives revealed figures which show the number of potholes reported since the SNP came to power in 2007 has increased five-fold.
In 2007, when the SNP entered office, just 3981 potholes were reported.
By 2020-21, 20,988 potholes on Scotland’s roads were reported.
Mr. Simpson says the figures show the scale of the decline in roads in Central Scotland under the SNP over the last 14 years.
Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP Graham Simpson said: “These figures lay bare the decline in the state of roads in Central Scotland since the SNP came to power.
“Our roads are plagued by potholes and issues are getting worse all the time.
“I am backing plans by the Scottish Conservatives for a £200 million Pothole Fund over the course of this Parliament so the council can take action to urgently improve our roads.
“The poor condition of our roads is threatening to spiral out of control under the SNP and that must change.
“The Scottish Conservatives will deliver more power to communities in Central Scotland and reverse 14 years of SNP centralisation and cuts to vital local services.”