£6M BLITZ ON EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE ROADS

A FULL-SCALE attack will be launched on the area’s ravaged roads and faulty footpaths.

Nearly £6million is to be spent on filling in potholes and patching up pavements badly damaged by the Arctic winter.

East Dunbartonshire Council agreed the cash splash-out at a recent meeting of its development and infrastructure committee.

In total, £5.765m will be spent repairing roads and footpaths over the next year - and also repairing drains and upgrading street lights.

More than 100 roads throughout East Dunbartonshire will be repaired - with carriageways in Milngavie and Bearsden receiving significant investment.

Among the work carried out will be £104,000 spent on repairs at the Allander Toll roundabout in Milngavie, and almost £100,000 spent on repairing Iain Road in Bearsden.

Councillors also agreed to set aside over £3m for each of the next few years for road repairs - though there were warnings that this was “subject to change”.

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services, said: “Having experienced one of Britain’s coldest winters in a generation, where December 2010’s temperatures were the coldest in 100 years, the need to continue to invest in the strengthening of East Dunbartonshire’s roads and infrastructure has never been more apparent.”

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Large pieces of our road network are getting to the point where they would really benefit from being replaced.

“Unfortunately, we are not able to do them all, but every year we are putting more money into capital work.”

Meanwhile, there was a row after it was revealed that a crucial meeting into the state of East Dunbartonshire’s roads will take place - three months after the council vowed to take action.

The authority’s development and infractructure set up a taskforce into the state of the area’s roads in March - but last week it was announced it will not have its first meeting till June 20.

Councillor David Ritchie said: “This is a very pressing issue and the meeting should have been held a lot quicker.”

Derek Cunningham, development and infrastructure director, said: “Given the importance of this issue we would prefer to have a well structured basis for the meeting rather than rush ahead in a less prepared manner.”

See Herald for this year’s list of expenditure.