Schools to lead spending plan

A local authority has confirmed it will spend nearly £350m on major capital projects over the next five years.

North Lanarkshire Council’s policy and resources committee has approved a capital programme until 2017/18 that will see money spent on a number of priority areas. Major elements include new schools (£173m), roads, street lighting, bridges and flood prevention (£56m), and regeneration and town centres (£13m).
The programme reflects the priorities under the Corporate Plan, also approved by the committee, which include improving schools, supporting economic recovery and environmental regeneration.
Council leader Jim McCabe said: “These projects are vital to the future of North Lanarkshire and its people. Investment in new schools will rise to more than half a billion pounds since 2006.
“We will spend £22m on our roads and nearly £6.5m upgrading our street lighting over the five-year programme, which will lead to safer streets.
“It’s essential that we continue our ambitious investment in our town centres and make sure we do everything we can to make them vibrant places, and £6m will go directly towards achieving that aim.”