Dis­abled dad off the road after hit­ting dan­ger­ous pot­hole on Pais­ley street

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - CHRIS TAY­LOR

A dis­abled driver has blasted the state of Ren­frew­shire’s roads after a pot­hole put his car off the road.

Ste­vie Purs­ley, 58, was left stranded after a crater blew out his tyre dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour.

He has de­manded ac­tion after he was left foot­ing a bill for hun­dreds of pounds.

Ste­vie warned other driv­ers about cav­i­ties in the car­riage­way near Pais­ley town cen­tre.

He said: “I was drop­ping off my brother-in-law early in the morn­ing when I heard a thud.

“It was pitch black out­side and the street lights did noth­ing to show up the huge holes in the road.

“The tyre was com­pletely gone and I was stuck at the side of the road.

“I man­aged to get a hold of a me­chanic who told me there was dam­age to the un­der­side of the car.

“One of my boys is hav­ing to run me to the shops.

“It’s off the road while I try get this fixed.

“I rely on my car to get me around, I use a dis­abled badge.

“This is the last thing I need at this time of year.

“It ’ s an un­wanted Christ­mas present from the lo­cal coun­cil.”

Ste­vie was driv­ing in High Cal­side when his car hit a dip.

Me­chan­ics say there is sub­stan­tial dam­age to the un­der­side of the mo­tor.

The re­tired civil ser­vant has to fork out for re­pairs to a ball joint, trac­tion and a new tyre.

He in­sists he will pur­sue a claim for dam­ages form the lo­cal au­thor­ity and has sub­mit­ted a swathe of pic­tures and price es­ti­mates.

Ste­vie hit the pot­hole this week, just days after we laid bare the prob­lems fac­ing driv­ers on roads across the re­gion.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported in the Ex­press, there has been a 42 per cent surge in the num­ber of craters be­ing re­ported.

Al­most 2,200 were flagged-up to roads chiefs last year – up al­most 1,000 since 2014.

De­spite an in­crease in faults, spend­ing on re­pairs has dropped.

Coun­cil bosses splashed £1,072mil­lion in 2018 – less than four years ear­lier.

Coun­cil­lor Ed­die Devine, Labour leader on Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil, in­sisted spend­ing on car­riage­ways is a “money pit”.

He said: “Coun­cils are grossly un­der­funded.

“Pot­holes are one of the big­gest com­plaints we are faced with.”

Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil in­sisted work is un­der­way to im­prove sur­faces.

A spokesman said: “We recog­nise the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing a roads net­work which is fit for pur­pose and is safe for all road users.

“This is why we com­mit­ted our largest ever sin­gle in­vest­ment of £7.2mil­lion in 2018/19.

“The pro­gramme is al­most com­plete, with 84 roads hav­ing been resur­faced and a fur­ther 24 car­riage­ways be­ing ad­dressed to pre­vent fu­ture de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

“This has co­in­cided with an en­hanced sched­ule of pot hole re­pairs across Ren­frew­shire.

“This has seen more than 8,000 re­paired since last April.

“It is par t of an ap­proach which en­sures all pot holes are re­paired in the im­me­di­ate area when at­tend­ing a re­port from a mem­ber of the pub­lic.

“We cont i nu e to en­cour­age peo­ple to re­port any is­sues with the road sur­faces in Ren­frew­shire as part of our com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the qual­ity and usability of our roads net­work.”

An­grySte­vie Purs­ley in High Cal­side

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