£4.65m to deal with pothole hangover from ‘big freeze’

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CONCERNS over crumbling roads in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs are top of the agenda for a new taskforce.

The group, set up by the council, will look at ways to improve road maintenance and deal with utilities companies in East Dunbartonshire.

The council has a roads budget of £4.65million in place to deal with the aftermath of the ‘Big Freeze’, which left gapping potholes littered across the district’s roads.

Councillor Billy Hendry, convener of the development and infrastructure committee, said: “While our roads staff are working hard to carry out repairs, and we are investing as much as we can in difficult financial times, there is clearly more we could be doing.

“I intend to work with officers to look at the best way to bring elected members and officials together to discuss how to improve road maintenance practices such as different ways to carry out repairs, and deal with utilities companies. We can pool our knowledge and experience, share concerns and agree solutions.”

An Audit Scotland report recently claimed the district’s roads had remained in a stable condition since 2004.

Councillor Hendry added: “There is some comfort in that finding, but I’m not pretending that all is well. Their inspections were done between spring and autumn last year, so the report doesn’t take account of the effects of the recent harsh winter.”

He added: “In this financial year we have a total roads budget of £4.65million, with over £3million of that allocated to roads maintenance and drainage.

“We need to make sure that we get a return on every penny and that the people of East Dunbartonshire start to see the improvements they are paying for.”