Roads show im­prove­ment

Ayrshire Post - - News - Sarah Hil­ley

A freez­ing win­ter caused East Ayr­shire Coun­cil to use the most grit in its en­tire 22- year his­tory.

Grit­ters heaped 14,000 tonnes of salt on the roads last win­ter. It was the high­est ever amount of grit spread since the coun­cil was founded in 1996.

But de­spite the harsh weather street con­di­tions have im­proved thanks to road works.

Ayr­shire Roads Al­liance ( ARA) head Stew­art Turner said: “Last win­ter was dif­fi­cult. Win­ter started in Oc­to­ber 2017 and ended in May 2018. We used 14,000 tonnes of salt but would ex­pect to put down 6,000 tonnes.”

The harsh weather meant the roads unit over­spent by about £ 730,000.

Con­trac­tors were used to cope with the work­load.

Var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties, i n c l u d i n g Sorn and Ochiltree have taken on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of grit­ting them­selves with the sup­port of the roads team.

Mr Turner pre­sented his or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual per­for­mance re­view for the last fi­nan­cial year to East Ayr­shire Coun­cil last Thurs­day.

Fig­ures showed the con­di­tion of the roads im­proved by about three per cent in South Ayr­shire and 1.6 per cent in East Ayr­shire.

The ARA had been or­dered to save £ 1.5 mil­lion but it man­aged to scrimp £ 2 mil­lion by March this year.

Mr Turner said: “It is an im­proved pic­ture within ARA.”

Ex­plain­ing how more pot­holes have been fixed and roads are con­tin­u­ously be­ing resur­faced, he said: “The road net­work has had great im­prove­ment.”

Ka t i e K e l l y , E a s t Ayr­shire Coun­cil’s de­pute chief ex­ec­u­tive for safer com­mu­ni­ties, said: “It is a pic­ture of con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment.”

Within East and South Ayr­shire there are 2379km of roads, 1831 km of foot­ways and 41,479 street lights.

East Ayr­shire provost Jim Todd praised the roads team for the im­prove­ment.

He said: “Well done to the teams. Pass on our thanks. I am a road user on four wheels and two wheels and I see a dif­fer­ence as well.”

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