Edinburgh goes to the polls over £2 congestion charge.

Campaigners on both sides of the congestion charge debate are gearing up in Edinburgh as residents prepare for a referendum on introducing a £2 levy for cars driving in the city centre next week.

The poll, to be held next week, has sparked a drawn-out debate – while the pro-car lobby cites a potential loss of 380 retail jobs, and says the charge will just alter traffic patterns, rather than reduce car use, the city council hopes to raise £760 million over the next 20 years to fund public transport initiatives.

Audit Scotland, a report from the country’s public finance watch dog, reveals than almost two-thirds of the city’s roads need maintenance work, and it takes longer to get a street light mended in Edinburgh than anywhere else in Scotland.