Road re­pairs cost £180k

Charges for 2015/16

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Murray Spooner

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

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