Is this Bearsden or Beirut asks OAP in potholes outcry

Andy Goodearl and Duncan Macintyre in Lomond Road Bearsden. They have complained about the state of the street. Monday, May 16 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) � Chris Clark
Andy Goodearl and Duncan Macintyre in Lomond Road Bearsden. They have complained about the state of the street. Monday, May 16 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) � Chris Clark

AN angry OAP has blasted the council, describing his Bearsden street as having ‘potholes within potholes’.

Andrew Goodearl (64) from Lomond Road said he had been in contact with the authority over the shocking state of the road outside his house which has got progressively worse over the last five years - exacerbated by the last two very cold winters.

The retired estate agent is also annoyed that two cresents nearby, Kelvin and Bute, have been completely resurfaced even though he says they do not get as much traffic as his road.

Wisdom

Mr Goodearl hit out, saying: “You cannot drive at anything more than 10mph on Lomond Road. The council in their wisdom have decided to repair Kelvin Crescent and Bute Crescent but the amount of people that use these roads is minimal. Why in the name of God they fixed the two access roads and not Lomond Road I just don’t know.”

The disgruntled resident, who has lived at the same address for the past 28 years with his wife, questioned the logic, adding: “It has been bad for four or five years. My wife has had three new springs fitted to her car. Is this Bearsden or Beirut?”

The Herald highlighted the appalling state of the roads in East Dunbartonshire in a front page article on March 11. Despite a further £200,000 being allocated to road repairs following the winter big freeze a report by Audit Scotland said the district’s roads were among the worst in Scotland. The report said the area was ranked seventh out of the 32 local authorities in most need of repairs to its roads.

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services, said: “Each year the roads service produces a four year resurfacing programme. Lomond Road in Bearsden is on the proposed four year resurfacing programme for financial year 2013/14 subject to the availability of budget. In the meantime it will continue to be monitored and kept safe.

“Potholes and other emergency carriageway patching repairs are tackled on a priority basis but it is also important that we continue to have a planned approach to improving our roads network.

“For this year, the council has committed its continued support for the investment and improvement of our overall roads network with a capital investment of over £5.7million for roads, lighting and drainage works.

“This covers a range of types of roads from our main distributors, link roads, housing estates and rural roads within all of our council wards across the full extent of the area.”