Don’t let it all go to pot in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs

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CRUMBLING roads are causing concern in East Dunbartonshire, with potholes and even a TRENCH spotted by alarmed motorists in towns and villages.

The Herald asked readers to nominate the worst roads and patches – and we have been deluged.

Trouble-spots causing anxiety include:

* Numerous areas in Hillhead/Kirkintilloch – such as Meiklehill Road, Newdyke Road, Highfield Road, Highfield Avenue, Lammermoor Crescent, Woodstock Avenue, Friars Croft, John Street, Cleddans Road, Shells Road, Eildon Road, Marmion Road, Whitehill Road and Whitehill Crescent.

* Crosshill Road/Boghead Road area in Lenzie

* Freeland Place, Kirkintilloch

* Beech Road and Auchinairn Road, Auchinairn

* Oxgang Primary, Kirkintilloch

Concerns over potholes were raised at a recent meeting of Bishopbriggs Community Council.

Member John Semple said the state of Auchinairn Road and Beech Road was “deplorable” and also flagged up the poor condition of the car park at Auchinairn Community Centre.

Mr Semple told the Herald: “Beech Road is just breaking up. It starts outside the school gates and goes right up to the lights. Turning into Auchnairn Road there’s an extended hole, it’s almost like a trench.

“I’ve complained about this as often. I don’t seem to be getting anywhere. It just gets worse and worse.

“This is a very busy road. Not only do we get cars, we get buses and lorries going up and down. Sooner or later someone is going to have a near miss.”

He called for permanent repairs to be carried out rather than temporarily filling potholes, which then have to be repaired again a short time later.

East Dunbartonshire Council has an ongoing programme to improve the area’s 500km network of roads.

It previously pledged to spend £7.3million between April 2012 and March 2013 – resurfacing roads and paths, improving street lighting, strengthening bridges, upgrading traffic signals and signs, and carrying out drainage works.

The council has since agreed a further £28million capital investment programme in the road network over the next five years to ensure the current improvements are maintained over the longer term.

Derek Cunningham, director of development and infrastructure, said: “Our programme of works is set out in advance on a priority basis in tackling all parts of the network.

“However, as well as sticking to that very important proactive plan, we aim to be flexible and reactive to ensure that defects like potholes are made safe quickly.”

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