RESIDENTS have put education, roads, waste and services for young people at the top of their list of priorities for council funding.

A survey of more than 1,000 people by West Dunbartonshire Council asked what services were most important ahead of council bosses and the SNP administration having to find £9million in savings.

In the past two budgets, residents were asked to pick between specific cuts or propose savings of their own.

Instead this year, the council ran an engagement in August and September for what they dubbed an “opportunity for change”.

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Secondary education was ranked just ahead of primary education as a “top priority”.

That was followed by roads, waste, services for children and young people, street lighting and early years.

The lowest priorities were for trading standards, arts and heritage, registration, planning and business support.

But even those results showed a majority gave those areas “medium priority”. At most, about a fifth of people rated any one service as “low priority”.

Roads was chosen as the area most in need of extra investment, followed by schools and youth services, community safety and grass cutting.