Campaign boosts pothole repairs
MORE than 1,000 potholes in the Highlands were repaired in the first six months of this year.
A spokesman for Highland council said a campaign to encourage reporting of uneven roads aided the repair of 1,437 potholes between January and June, following 2,538 reports in the same period.
The average time to carry out emergency repairs, from roads to housing, has also dropped from 14 hours last year to six in the first quarter of this year.
Councillor Allan Henderson, chairman of Highland council’s community services committee, said: ‘The campaign to encourage members of the public to report potholes and other problems online has been very successful, as demonstrated by the large increase in the number of reports received. This is very helpful as it helps our community services staff to quickly identify and prioritise the problem areas and target resources at urgent repairs.
‘It is also very encouraging to see that the time taken to complete emergency repairs has been significantly reduced and staff are to be congratulated for this achievement.’