East Renfrewshire Councils Participatory Budgeting roads initiative comes to an end at Craighlaw Avenue, Waterfoot - L-R David Green, Darren Thompson, Cllr Lafferty, Steven Naylor, Cllr Merrick.
The successful initiative gave residents the opportunity to choose which residential roads and pavements should be upgraded. This method of community decision making is known as Participatory Budgeting (PB) and is a key part of the Council's commitment to the Community Empowerment Act.
A total of 1,290 votes were cast during the 11 week voting process.
The successful schemes were:
Levern Valley (Barrhead, Neilston and Uplawmoor)
Kirktonfield Road, Neilston
Commercial Road, Barrhead (pavement - part only)
Giffnock and Thornliebank
Berryhill Drive, Giffnock
Belmont Drive, Giffnock (road and pavement)
Corrour Road, Newton Mearns
Hazelwood Avenue, Newton Mearns (part only)
Netherlee, Stamperland, Clarkston, Busby, Eaglesham and Waterfoot
Bonnyton Drive Cul-de-sac, Eaglesham (road and pavement)
Craighlaw Avenue, Waterfoot (pavement)
Councillor Colm Merrick, Convener for Community Services and Community Safety said: “I am delighted that residents across East Renfrewshire were given a voice in prioritising within one of the service areas that we know is very important to them.
“In addition to carrying out repairs, this has been a good learning for the future of participatory budgeting in East Renfrewshire, as we continue to establish engaging and innovative ways to create community choices in relation to how some budgets are spent.”
Councillor Alan Lafferty, Convenor for Environment added: “Whilst our experienced roads team manage our roads maintenance on an annual basis, as is the case with Councils across Scotland, the number of roads and pavements requiring repair far outstrips the resources available to carry out the necessary works.
“This additional spend for the 2016/17 budget has made a real difference – allowing the repair of roads and pavements which we otherwise may not have had the budget to tackle.
“Roads maintenance remains a priority for the Council. As part of our recent budget setting process, our annual £4m roads maintenance budget has been protected and an additional £10.7million has been identified for road improvement infrastructure projects over the next eight years.”
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