COUGH UP THE CASH TO FIX RAVAGED ROADS

POTHOLES IN CASTLEHILL, NEAR ABBOTSFORD'EM'18/2/11
POTHOLES IN CASTLEHILL, NEAR ABBOTSFORD'EM'18/2/11

DEMANDS have been made for cash to be splashed to repair winter-wrecked roads in East Dunbartonshire.

At the start of the year the Scottish Government announced it would give the council just over £200,000 to deal with roads left damaged by the big freeze.

The cash is East Dunbartonshire’s share of an extra £15million made available to councils across Scotland to cover the impact of the extreme weather.

However, Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Des McNulty said people are still waiting to see evidence of the money being spent.

He has raised the issue of potholes with government ministers and council chiefs.

The MSP said: “This area has been denied money year after year by people in Edinburgh whose priorities lie elsewhere.

“Wherever you look there are huge holes in the roads and pavements in Milngavie and Bearsden. I’ve lost count of the numbers of people who have complained to me about damage to the suspension on their cars or having narrowly avoided collisions because they have been driving around the ruts in the road.

“Surely streets like Hawthorn Avenue in Mosshead or Dryburgh Road in Castlehill, which desperately need resurfacing, should be repaired. And after two months, the holes on our busiest roads are still there – it’s time to get this sorted.”

The Herald recently reported that roads in East Dunbartonshire are among the worst in Scotland, according to a an Audit Scotland report.

The area is ranked seventh out of the country’s 32 local authorities in most need of repairs to their roads.

East Dunbartonshire Council confirmed that it had received the extra money from the Scottish Government.

A spokesperson said: “Potholes are assessed and those considered emergencies are given priority.

“As well as emergency work, routine pothole repair works are ongoing, with dedicated teams working every day on roads across the area.”