Leadbitter hits back over Moray grass cutting
The leader of Moray Council has labelled as "irresponsible" calls by the region's Tories to reverse the reduction in grass cutting.
Graham Leadbitter claims that the Conservatives have offered no alternatives to address the local authority’s ongoing financial challenges.
Cllr Leadbitter (Elgin South, SNP) said: "We got to a point in February where we had a balanced budget after negotiations with other groups in the council, including accepting a number of amendments from the Conservative Group but this was not one of the issues they raised at that time.
"This is just political opportunism.
"While we have a balanced budget for the current year we are going to have to look at further difficult decisions for future years.
"To call for reinstatement of services with no current budget to pay for it is a totally irresponsible way for the Tories to treat Moray’s public finances."
"The Conservatives are all over the place. While the SNP and other groups are committed to getting the council on an even keel, they walked away. How can they expect to be taken seriously?"