Jun 22 2012 by Dianne Jackson, Stirling Observer Friday
Dear Editor – The suggestion to axe the post of makar has obviously caused conflict within Stirling Council. However, whether one agrees with the SNP’s assertion that it’s a penny-pinching attack on Stirling’s art and culture scene or a luxury we can’t afford in a period of austerity, as seen by others, there is little doubt that many readers will be able to identify better uses for taxpayers’ money, which is spent on largely symbolic projects.
From a personal point of view, I would rather the makar’s money had been spent repairing a large pothole in the nearby roadway, which existed before the former SNP administration took power and has been left to become more dangerous and annoying because of “a shortage of funds”.
Or perhaps the replacement of the electronic speed indicator at the western approach to Kippen, removed months ago by the council, would have reduced the speed of cars and improved road safety.
Surely Stirling Council should ensure the basic needs of communities are met before spending money on frivolities.