Close, the coun­cil are plans to fix the roads

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“This is cer­tainly the case in the schemes. Some of these streets have had pot­holes for long enough and they have to be resur­faced.

“An ex­tra £ 1mil­lion from the coun­cil won’t go very far.”

In 2015/16 NLC spent £641,738 on re­pair­ing 3,476 pot­holes.

That fig­ure was more than dou­ble the £ 265,838 spent on re­pairs in 2014/15.

North La­nark­shire Con­ser­va­tive Group leader Meghan Gallacher said: “I am sure ev­ery coun­cil­lor within North La­nark­shire will agree with me that pot­holes are a huge prob­lem.

“I also un­der­stand that due to aus­ter­ity im­posed on coun­cils by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, that North La­nark­shire has not been af­forded suf­fi­cient funds to tackle this grow­ing prob­lem.

“I am pleased that, dur­ing the bud­get process, my group was able to work with the mi­nor­ity ad­min­is­tra­tion to se­cure an ex­tra £ 1mil­lion fund­ing to fix pot­holes and roads through­out North La­nark­shire.”

The coun­cil also con­firmed it had spent £ 17,676 on com­pen­sat­ing driv­ers who had put claims into them re­gard­ing pot­holes.

From 2015 to 2017, 165 claims were made by driv­ers. John Ashcroft, the coun­cil’s in­fra­struc­ture busi­ness man­ager said: “We’ve ex­pe­ri­enced in­cred­i­bly harsh weather over sev­eral months be­tween the ex­tended cold in De­cem­ber and snow in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary.

“There’s no doubt this sus­tained cold weather has taken its toll on roads across the coun­try.

“How­ever, we are in­vest­ing an ad­di­tional £1mil­lion in our roads net­work to tackle some of the is­sues caused over the win­ter pe­riod.

“We re­main com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing the 1,600 kilo­me­tres of road we main­tain in North La­nark­shire con­tinue to be safe and of a high stan­dard.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to re­port pot holes by call­ing 01698 403110.”

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