In today’s manifesto the Conservatives pledge to “put infrastructure first”. The party will amend planning rules so that the infrastructure – roads, schools, GP surgeries – come before people move into new homes. And a new £10 billion Single Housing Infrastructure Fund will help deliver it faster.
Planning is devolved to Holyrood so these pledges won’t apply in Scotland. So the question is: will the SNP adopt a similar policy in Scotland? Or will they continue to push through thousands of new homes in East Lothian with the hollow promises of infrastructure tomorrow – if at all?
Across the county residents are crying out for better roads, enhanced GP services and better schools. While Westminster is providing the funding, the SNP is failing to deliver adequate infrastructure like roads, railways and frontline services.
If elected I’ll keep the pressure up for UK Government funding to encourage infrastructure, promote jobs and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives here. And I’ll make the case that local authorities are given more powers to drive investment in local infrastructure.
Meanwhile rather than putting infrastructure first the only issue the SNP puts first is another divisive and damaging Independence Referendum.