Pothole City!

When cruising along the streets of Brechin you would be forgiven to think that you were driving in the City of Pot-holes.

Pot-holes are becoming a misery for Brechiners as many motorists are having to fork out for repairs caused by the potholes.

Local car repair centres across Brechin have seen an increase in business due to pothole related problems.

Ron Mackie of Ron Mackie Cars said: “We have had a huge increase in trade because of potholes.

“We have had to repair numerous broken springs and damaged tyres. In terms of business we have seen at least a 20% increase in repairs.

“An Angus County Press company car had to have two new coils springs fitted.”

Brechin Auto Repairs reported that they have had customers coming to them with punctured or damaged tyres as a result of potholes.

Provost Ruth Leslie Melville, who herself has suffered two separate incidents which has resulted in the need to repair three tyres, explained that the council is doing the best it can to ensure that the problem of potholes is addressed, explaining that funds will be found to do this.

She said: “There is a huge problem with potholes, not just in Angus but right across the country, and everyone is tackling them as quickly and as well as possible.

“Members of the workforce are already doing the best they can. Nobody is sitting having cups of tea and whistling while Rome burns. People are working very hard to address the problem.”

As the Brechiner went to press the infrastructure services committee at Angus Council was meeting to discuss the Scottish Road Maintenance Condition Survey (SRMCS) results for the two year period 2009-2011.

Mr Lowson said: “The new Road Condition Index indicates that the road network in Angus has shown a slight decline similar to the Scottish average.

“The Angus RCI is red 5% (road has deteriorated to the point as which repairs to prolong future life should be considered) and amber 24.4% (road condition indicates that further investigation is needed to establish if remedial treatment is needed).

“It is worthy to note that the most recent survey work was carried out before the most recent severe winter weather and therefore does not reflect any deterioration in the condition of the roads network occasioned by that weather.”

Also reported to the committee is the percentage of of the proportion of the road network which has been resurfaced or which has received a superficial surface treatment during the years from 2003 to 2010.

Mr Lowson said: “Ideally and in theory roads should be resurfaced at least every 40 years for A class roads, equating to 2.5% of the road network being resurfaced every year.”

In his report he included figures which state that only 1.14% of the road network was resurfaced in 2009/10.

He continued: “Surface dressing has a working life of approximately ten years and should on a similar basis therefore be carried out on 10% of the network every year.”

In the same report it states that only 2.11% of the road network received superficial surface treatment in the period of 2009/10.

The SRMCS’s roads condition index places Angus Council in fifth place amongst Scottish Local Roads Authorities.