Road is like a ‘roller­coaster’

Res­i­dents blast pot­hole-rid­dled street

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks

A Cal­lan­der street is be­ing high­lighted as a prime ex­am­ple of how bud­get de­mands are im­pact­ing on res­i­den­tial streets.

Glen Gar­dens in the town is be­ing de­scribed as a “roller­coaster” for mo­torists.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Martin Earl says such streets, while of­ten patched up, of­ten miss out on resurfacing when there are so many other fi­nan­cial pres­sures.

The Tory coun­cil­lor said: “We all know our roads need as much in­vest­ment as pos­si­ble but I want to en­sure that a num­ber of the res­i­den­tial roads across the ward are re­paired as well as the main car­riage­ways.

“The road in Glen Gar­dens is a per­fect ex­am­ple. It is in an ap­palling state and has been con­tin­u­ally patched and filled over years un­til most of the orig­i­nal road has gone.

“Th­ese streets are of­ten very busy and have had to deal with in­creas­ing num­bers of ve­hi­cles over the years. I have been ap­proached by lo­cal res­i­dents who have to ne­go­ti­ate the sur­face ev­ery day and they feel it is time for a resur­face rather than more tem­po­rary patch­ing that of­ten breaks up af­ter a few days or weeks.

“Also, the pave­ments need at­ten­tion as the sur­face in many places has eroded or bro­ken up mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for any­one to use, par­tic­u­larly peo­ple with mo­bil­ity prob­lems or prams and bug­gies.”

Coun­cil­lor Earl says the lo­cals have told him the holes are dam­ag­ing their car tyres and springs and they are wor­ried about lose stones smash­ing their win­dows and wind­screens.

One de­scribed the road to him as a “roller­coaster” be­cause it was so full of pot­holes.

A Stir­ling Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to main­tain all of the coun­cil’s adopted roads in­clud­ing A, B, C and un­clas­si­fied roads with the bud­get it is pro­vided with.

“Un­for­tu­nately due to the ex­tent of the road net­work, with over a 1000km of road, there is lim­ited re­sources to ad­dress all the de­mands on the ser­vice to pro­vide a new road sur­face.

“Glen Gar­dens will be given due con­sid­er­a­tion early in the new fi­nan­cial year along with those other sec­tions of roads re­quir­ing a per­ma­nent re­pair.”

Re­pairs Pot­holes are caus­ing driv­ers a headache

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