£3.84 million allocated to Buchan roads

Aberdeenshire Council has earmarked the revenue budget to cover road maintenance, lighting improvements and drainage works
Aberdeenshire Council has earmarked the revenue budget to cover road maintenance, lighting improvements and drainage works

Buchan’s roads are to get a £3.84 million cash injection in the coming financial year.

Aberdeenshire Council has earmarked the revenue budget to cover road maintenance, lighting improvements and drainage works.

Just over £500,000 has also been allocated for winter maintenance and emergency works in the area.

In a report to next week’s Buchan Area Committee, Infrastructure Services director Stephen Archer says: “A good road infrastructure is vital for a rural authority like Aberdeenshire and an efficient and effective maintenance programme is essential.”

Included in the Buchan plan is a £60,000 resurfacing of South Street in Mintlaw and £70,000 for Peterhead’s Kirk Street.

A 1.3km stretch of the B9093 between Strichen and New Deer will also benefit from an £80,000 investment.

A further £8.4m of prioritised Buchan works are to be included in a reserves list.

The Shire’s infrastructure includes some 3,500 miles of carriageways, 995 miles of footways, 1,440 bridges and 44,600 streetlights.

As part of its approved five-year revenue budget for 2019-24, the council included £12.2m for road maintenance for the coming financial year and a further £4.5m for winter maintenance and other emergencies.

Its capital plan for the next five years includes an allowance in the next 12 months of £11.75m for roads resurfacing and reconstruction, £1.2m for road drainage, £1.3m for street lighting works, £1.75m for bridges and structures and £475,000 for quarries.