Concerns have been expressed about biodiversity projects near Renfrewshire roundabouts as a politician warned road safety needs to be put first.

The local authority has established wildflower spots at a number of sites as part of its climate work, but Councillor Iain McMillan has urged officers to “keep an eye” on growths near busy areas of traffic.

The Labour group leader, who represents Johnstone South and Elderslie, told last Wednesday’s infrastructure, land and environment policy board he was driving along Linwood Road in Paisley recently and wildlife corridors – which have since been cut back – affected his sightline.

Councillor McMillan said: “I’m slightly concerned about the biodiversity areas at roundabouts.

“I was driving along Linwood Road in Paisley last week and it was very, very difficult to see the traffic coming from the right because these areas were, obviously they’re supposed to be wild, but very, very difficult to see.

“I did notice that some of them were cut back earlier on in the week, which was great, but can we just keep an eye on that?

“I daresay there are other areas within Renfrewshire, but that area as we know is extremely busy with the retail park there and various other businesses, as well as a lot of houses, and getting on to the A737 and M8 there as well. It’s really, really busy.

“I think biodiversity is great, we would all applaud what’s going on with that, but to me road safety has to come first – particularly in such a busy area.”

Councillor Michelle Campbell, board convener and SNP representative for Erskine and Inchinnan, responded: “In relation to vision lines, I absolutely accept your comments on the biodiversity aspects.

“Myself in Erskine, I’m sure other people will know it, over at Centreholm roundabout, it’s a classic example. There was a patch that was put in.

“I think there is a continual review process of how these patches are developing and the work that needs to be done.”

Gavin Hutton, the council’s head of operations and service development, confirmed the areas would be inspected and cut back where required.

He said: “It’s a good point that the grass grows very, very quickly at this time.

“We are looking to further biodiversity but obviously the roundabouts and the vegetation come together, it can be problematic.

“Gerry [Hannah, head of climate, public protection and roads] and I will work together, the two departments, we do speak to one another sometimes.

“We’ll get together and have a bit of an inspection of that, some of the sight lines around these areas, and if they need cut back to make sure that we can see, well that’s just common sense.

“Again, it’s a safety issue. Thanks for raising it.”