A Kilwinning councillor has welcomed a decision to address road safety issues on Meadow Park Road by upgrading the route to Priority 1 for gritting.

SNP Councillor Scott Davidson raised the issues at the recent council meeting after numerous Kilwinning constituents got in touch to raise safety concerns about this stretch of road –with several reporting near misses.

The main concern was the fact that the road was not gritted, and was described as treacherous during icy road conditions.

Councillor Davidson said: “I’m grateful to the Cabinet Holder for Place, Councillor Jim Montgomerie, who was good enough to meet me prior to the council meeting so he could see for himself.

“As a result it was agreed at the council meeting that a review of the road’s safety would take place.

“I’m delighted to report that following the council meeting, Roads officers took it upon themselves to react quickly, and reviewed the road the day or so after the meeting.

“They came to the conclusion that due to the volume of traffic they witnessed, and the detail from my presentation to council, they would start to grit this road, which they have been doing as with all Priority 1 roads since before Christmas.

“They also informed me it will be added as a Priority 1 road permanently.

“For such a fast response from the officers at NAC Roads, I can’t commend them highly enough. I am confident that, as this road will now be treated in advance of adverse weather conditions, it is likely that this might prevent a serious incident on this road.

“This also demonstrates how real concerns can be addressed and ultimately fixed with a positive outcome when Councillors from different parties just get on with it and work together."

A North Ayrshire council spokesperson said: “Following a review and assessment, Meadow Park Road has now been included as a priority one road for our winter gritting programme.”