Gov­ern­ment ac­tion plea

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW -

Sir – I write in sup­port of Pot­hole Dodger’s theme last week.

We are all too aware of the poor con­di­tion of the roads and the risks this presents.

It has got to the stage where I am prac­tis­ing “de­fen­sive driv­ing” as one never knows when one is go­ing to crash into the next deep crater.

It may be laud­able for our politi­cians to en­cour­age us to use electric ve­hi­cles and pro­vide charg­ing points but this is all ir­rel­e­vant ex­pen­di­ture if the roads are un­fit for pur­pose.

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion ap­pears to re­sult from a long-stand­ing lack of main­te­nance and an in­ad­e­quate resur­fac­ing pro­gramme for roads which are sim­ply worn out and a re­liance on poor qual­ity re­pairs.

The in­crease in heavy lor­ries us­ing these roads and the civil engi­neer­ing works in process un­doubt­edly ag­gra­vate it.

Why should we tol­er­ate this? Is it not time that na­tional and lo­cal gov­ern­ment stopped pass­ing the buck and ad­dressed the is­sue?

Dr Barry Chop­ping Dalry

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