Cam­paign boosts pot­hole re­pairs

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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