Local MSP, Keith Brown, has written to Clackmannanshire Council Leader, Les Sharp, requesting that the Council’s ground maintenance programme is reviewed.
 
The move came after Mr Brown was contacted by constituents from across Clackmannanshire about the falling standards of ground maintenance across the local area.
 
Commenting, Mr Brown said:  “I have been contacted by a number of constituents from across the County about the falling standards of ground maintenance throughout Clackmannanshire.
 
“It appears that the root cause of the matter is that Clackmannanshire Council has reduced the number of times maintenance is carried out and I support the views of my constituents that more should be done to ensure that our streets and roads are kept weed free.
 
“At a time when Alloa High Street has reached the finals of Scotland’s most Beautiful High Street Competition and Discover Clackmannanshire has launched a fantastic video promoting our towns and villages as attractive destinations to visit, it is disappointing that Clackmannanshire Council are not perceived to be supporting these efforts by our local communities.
 
“In light of the cuts made to the Scottish budget by Westminster, it would be wrong not to acknowledge the financial context in which spending decisions are taken, but I feel this is not an area to cut back on at a time when we are aiming to attract visitors and encourage civic pride and I have asked that the Council’s maintenance programme be reviewed and that all avenues are explored to ensure the most effective results for the local area."
 
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