Call for council road chief to step down after blizzard chaos

THE SNP has called for the resignation of planning and transportation convener James Coyle because of North Lanarkshire Council's failings during the recent bad weather.

SNP group leader Richard Lyle said: "The council's response to the big freeze was inadequate to say the least, In comparison to South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire's roads were left treacherous with little or no effect from the gritting that did take place.

"Councillor Coyle failed the people in North Lanarkshire when dealing with the biggest winter crisis of the last four decades."

Meanwhile, Motherwell and Wishaw MP Frank Roy asked the leader of the House of Commons for a proper debate over what went wrong last week during the worst of the winter weather last week only to be told it is a devolved matter.

Mr Roy said: "Towns in my constituency and throughout central Scotland have resembled a scene from Armageddon.

"Things need to change in the United Kingdom. We need to respond far better and far more quickly."

Sir George Young, leader of the House, responded: "There are real difficulties, but in Scotland most of the responsibility for addressing them has been devolved to the Scottish Parliament. "

Full story in December 9 edition of Times & Speaker