North East MSP Mike Rumbles has condemned Scottish Government plans to remove more local accountability by centralising local decision making and funding for roads and public transport.
Mr Rumbles has lodged a series of written questions to the Transport Minister after it emerged that the SNP are refusing to rule out the change as part of their centralisation agenda.
Mr Rumbles said: “It is staggering that the Scottish Government would even consider this. The SNP have snatched power away from local communities on police, fire, schools, council tax and local funding, now they may want to take away roads and public transport as well.
“The suggestion is that instead of calling up their local councillor, who lives round the corner and will know the area well, everyone in Scotland is to write to the First Minister about every pothole or damaged bus shelter. It is nothing less than ludicrous.
“Only this blinkered central-belt SNP administration could possibly think they know the needs of communities better than they do themselves. All this, from a party who have utterly failed to deliver their promises on transport after a decade of being in government. It beggars belief.”
Notes for editors:
Mike Rumbles MSP Written Questions (drafts) to the Scottish Government (17/11/16):
- To ask the Scottish Government, if proposed centralisations go ahead, what measures will it put in place to ensure the public will continue to have direct local links with institutions that assess and provide public transport.
- To ask the Scottish Government what measures it will introduce to ensure that the public will continue to have direct links with institutions that assess and provide (a) local non-trunk road maintenance and (b) public transport if the proposed centralisations proceed.
- To ask the Scottish Government what measures it will introduce to ensure that distinct local and regional public transport priorities are met, if the proposed centralisations proceed.