Road repairs cost £180k
Charges for 2015/16
The total cost of fixing potholes in Rutherglen and Cambuslang has risen more than £60,000, the Reformer can reveal.
South Lanarkshire Council have shelled out £179,762.92 for 269 repairs this year.
The amount paid out by the local authority in 2014/15 was £119,423.01, but there was a record high of £213,142.98 in 2013/14.
Despite the rise in monies paid to fix the roads, chairman of the Rutherglen Community Council, Tommy Rooney, insists he has not seen a difference in the number of potholes appearing in his area.
He said: “Wherever you go, some streets will be worse than others. On the road up to Trinity High School and the leisure centre, every year without fail, a big hole opens up.
But he added: “I don’t think there’s much of a problem. The council are trying their best to make savings but they are getting the backlash if something needs fixed. I’ve not really seen much difference in the roads.”
The statistics, obtained by the Reformer through a Freedom of Information request to South Lanarkshire Council, also revealed the amount paid out in compensation to drivers who have had their vehicle damaged by potholes.
The number has risen from £182 in 2014-15 to £308 this financial year.
During 2014/15, the number of pothole reports received by the council reached 250 and there was only a small increase of 19 more this year. However, the 376 reports in 2012/13 remains the highest in the past five years.
Councillor Richard Tullett of Cambuslang West ward said: “South Lanarkshire Council approved a Roads Investment Programme of £126 million in 2008 which is gradually improving the condition of the local road network. This was backed up by an Audit Scotland report published in August which showed the progress which is being made in South Lanarkshire - but there is still a lot more to do.
“I wouldn’t for a minute suggest that this provides a quick fix to the problem of potholes. I would encourage drivers and cyclists to report any examples so that the roads department can fix them as soon as possible.”
South Lanarkshire Council head of roads and transportation Gordon Mackay said the council undertake regular safety inspections on all the roads.
He added: “Levels of repairs undertaken each year will fluctuate, often as a consequence of the severity of winter weather conditions in any particular year.
“However, the condition of our road network is surveyed annually, as it is for all 32 council areas, and these surveys confirm that South Lanarkshire’s road network has improved year on year for the last six years and also that the roads in Cambuslang and Rutherglen are the best in South Lanarkshire.”
I don’t think there’s much of a problem