A CONTROVERSIAL decision to blow £20,000 on a ROUNDABOUT has been slammed as “bizarre” and a waste of money.
The Kelvinbridge Roundabout, in Torrance, has been revamped as part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s ‘civic pride strategy’.
Outside contractors were brought in to transform the roundabout into a ‘Monument to the Mill’, incorporating drystone walls, a variety of evergreen plants and several large millstones.
Designers took inspiration from a nearby historic mill.
But Bishopbriggs North and Torrance councillor Anne McNair said: “The council has some very tough decisions to make these days to find savings and to set budgets.
“It seems bizarre, therefore, that desperately needed funds are being used to refurbish roundabouts which have absolutely nothing wrong with them in the first place.”
She continued: “At a cost of £20,000, and at a time when there are so many other priorities, it does not make sense for the council to carry out work such as this.
“There is a huge problem with potholes, and our roads are badly in need of repair.”
Initially it was hoped that businesses would help pay for the work through sponsorship, but none have come forward - leaving the council to foot the bill.
Deputy council leader Billy Hendry hit back, pointing out that the scheme had received the “full backing” of councillors, including the SNP group, more than a year ago.
He added: “We have worked closely with Torrance Community Council on the design and I am proud that this roundabout, one of the busiest in East Dunbartonshire, will be the first to benefit from this investment.”
David Devine, the council’s head of roads and neighbourhood services, said: “The roundabout improvement aspect of the council’s civic pride strategy, as approved by committee, has always entailed a two pronged approach of directly funded improvements by the council and improvements achieved from external funding and support through the ‘Adopt a Roundabout Scheme’.”
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