Perth and Kinross Councillors are today discussing the future of some of Perth and Kinross’s biggest upcoming expenses.
The controversial £118m Cross Tay Link Road (CTLR) is the largest expense which the Councillors will be discussing, alongside the replacement for Perth High School and the redevelopment of the City Hall.
Perth & Kinross Council leader Councillor Murray Lyle said: “The Council will be proactive and innovative in its response but it also means investing in our future is more important than ever. If we want a better tomorrow, we must plan for it.
“These five exciting capital projects are not just key to our continued economic growth and sustainability, they will bring lasting benefits for all our residents.
“Standing still is not an option and the CTLR is pivotal to our ambitions for the future of Perth and Kinross so it continues to be a place where people want to live, work and invest for years to come.”
The SNP are expected to back the CTLR, Councillor Grant Laing, leader of SNP Group at PKC, said: “I can say, as we are taking and looking at evidence on each on these projects individually, that within the group I have had no feeling from the members of the group, and certainly not myself, that we would in any way wish to pause the Cross Tay Road Link Road.”
However, Green MSP, for Mid Scotland and Fife, Mark Ruskell says it’s ‘ridiculous’ that the council are continuing to go ahead with the Cross Tay Link Road amid his concerns on the local community and environment.
Councillor Murray Lyle added: “It will deliver an enormous economic boost to the area in terms of new housing, and subsequent Council Tax receipts, and new employment.”
Some of the other projects included in the capital expenditure involve the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre placement and North Muirton / Balhousie PS replacement.
The replacement of the Perth Highschool has been approved to cost £50m, followed by £23.2m approved for the Perth City Hall and £16.0 for the North Muirton / Balhousie PS replacement which is nearly another one million more than the £15.1m Blairgowrie Recreation Centre’s approved budget.
The Council says each of these projects will bring jobs and deliver facilities to Highland Perthshire.