Funding to help fill potholes in Peterhead's roads
A move to tackle the shocking state of many roads in the area has been welcomed by councillors in and around Peterhead.
At last week’s budget meeting, Aberdeenshire Council agreed to make £2.5 million available for carrying out road maintenance, with members acknowledging there has been an increasing number of complaints about the deteriorating state of the roads.
Earlier this month, the Buchanie highlighted the story of Lori Eddie who ended up walking the final few hundred yards to Peterhead Community Hospital to give birth after their car being driven by her partner Haydn Mcleod suffered a burst tyre after hitting a large pothole.
Haydn was later told that the pothole at the junction of Peterhead’s Meethill Road and Meethill Place had been there for at least three months and a number of other vehicles had also been damaged.
Administration councillors Dianne Beagrie (Peterhead North and Rattray), Alan Fakley (Peterhead South and Cruden) and Iain Sutherland (Peterhead North and Rattray) agreed they regularly received complaints about the condition of the roads and said the extra investment in the infrastructure was badly needed.
Cllr Beagrie said she was delighted the council had agreed additional funding to enable the potholes and other road issues to be addressed.
Cllr Beagrie added: “Potholes have been worse this year than ever before and I’ve been inundated with emails, messages and Facebook comments for months now.
"I know the roads maintenance teams have been stretched due to Covid and have limited funds and resources. I’ve been asking for some time for more to be done about potholes and I am delighted that at full council it was agreed there would be £2.5million of additional funding to fix them.
"I look forward to seeing the difference this makes to the roads in the Peterhead North and Rattray ward and in the other wards across Aberdeenshire.”
Cllr Fakley agreed improvements were required to the condition of the road network. He blamed insufficient funding from the Scottish Government for local authorities for the state of the roads.
Cllr Fakley said: “Traditionally Aberdeenshire has enjoyed some of the best maintained roads in Scotland, but after years of underfunding from Edinburgh these standards have declined.
"I totally support the administration’s goal to reverse this decline and the investment of such a large amount of money into our roads infrastructure.”
Cllr Sutherland said as local members, they had voiced the concerns of their constituents for many months, although he also accepted that restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic had caused a delay in some repairs being done.
Welcoming the £2.5 million investment in road maintenance, Cllr Sutherland said: “We are delighted that there has been progress made and our constituents have been heard.”
Aberdeenshire Council said its roads team was aware of a lot of current issues with the road network.
Work is planned to address the most safety-critical road surface defects across the area’s 3,500 miles of roads. Defects are categorised depending on the severity of the defect, with those posing an immediate danger to the public being inspected and actioned within 24 hours.
Members of the public are encouraged to report any road defects. Potholes should be reported online at https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/apps/roadconditions.