You’ll have seen those huge timber lorries squeezing through small villages and creating much noise and other disturbance. We’d probably all agree the industry is, however, important to Scotland’s rural economy. It’s a £1bn industry which is currently growing from 7 to 10 million tonnes.
So, to help reduce the negative effects for those living on routes used by the lorries, the Scottish Government will invest £7.05m in fifty projects including:
- Perth & Kinross Council – £1.5M for 4 public road projects
- Highland Council – £1.42M for 6 public road projects
- Dumfries & Galloway Council – £1.4M for 10 public road projects
- Ayrshire Roads Alliance (the shared service representing East and South Ayrshire Councils) – £770k for 4 public road projects
- Scottish Borders Council – £593k for 6 public road projects
- Argyll & Bute Council – £554k for 4 public road projects
- Moray Council – £550k for 13 public road projects
I’ve had a close thing with a timber-loaded monster on the Dumfries and Galloway roads on the way back from hill-walking so I personally welcome the above.