AN MSP has asked whether an "astronomical" £30,000 upgrade to a layby in Moray has been a good use of public funds.
Conservative MSP Douglas Ross, whose Highlands and Islands constituency includes Moray, submitted a Freedom of Information request to Transport Scotland asking about the costs of work on the Barmuckity layby.
According to Mr Ross, the roads agency replied to say the layby – located beside the A96 between Elgin and Lhanbryde – was one of two which saw works undertaken at a cost of £63,800.
Mr Ross said: "Several people complained to me about the time the layby was closed for, what seemed liked simply aesthetic works.
"Transport Scotland have said they spent almost £64,000 on two laybys so it’s a fair assumption that the Barmuckity upgrades cost half of this, which is over £30,000.
"That’s an astronomical amount of money and people will quite rightly ask why so much has been spent on making the layby look better at a time when there are many other problems with the trunk roads, which the tens of thousands of pounds would be better spent on."
Mr Ross also said there was a "huge convenience" as the layby was closed for a number of weeks.
He added; "At the end of the day, people rightly expect all public agencies to use their funds wisely.
"I really have to question if over £30,000 to upgrade a layby is the best use of public funds in this instance."