Potholes cause concern in Forfar

MANY roads in Forfar and the surrounding area are in poor condition.

Our readers pointed out on the Forfar Dispatch and Kirriemuir Herald Facebook pages where the particularly bad areas are situated.

Flooding and an icy blast just before Christmas is thought to be responsible for most of the damage and the recently formed potholes.

A selection of the comments posted highlight pothole problems at the West End, High Street, Glamis Road and Brechin Road. A reader also pointed out an issue in front of the court.

Moira Tough said: “Outside the Co-op at the West End and on Lentlands Road. Also the circle beside the court it pretty dodgy, on West High Street outside Cutters Cove.”

Alan Proctor commented: “There’s one on North Street that has probably buckled my wheel, went through it last night, It’s going north, just past the dairy, if there’s somebody coming the other way, there’s probably nothing you can do apart from hit it.”

Another comment from Scott Hosie said: “The Brechin Road’s surface is pretty rough.”

Gillian Black said: “North Street has more than it’s fair share of potholes as does the Glamis Road heading towards the traffic lights.”

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “We have a planned programme of maintenance, repair and renewal for the roads network.

“The extensive flooding throughout Angus just before Christmas caused considerable damage to the roads network which we are rectifying as soon as possible on a priority basis, weather permitting.”

Angus Council commented on our Facebook discussion about the potholes in the local area and said: “Thanks for highlighting these - remember to report potholes to ACCESS Line on 08452 777778 so the roads team can get an inspection done and prioritise repair work. Thanks.”

The motoring association, the AA, spent 800 hours compiling a survey concerning roads and pavements in the UK and found that those of us North of the border in Scotland suffer the most with poor road conditions.

The findings come despite local authorities spending money on temporary road repairs.

An AA spokesman said that the potholes posed a major safety risk to pedestrians and motorists alike as he called for investment in the country’s transport infrastructure.

The figures were based on 800 hours of surveying of both road and pavement conditions by AA members in their own neighbourhoods in October of last year.

Scotland had the worst roads with an astonishing average of 8.9 potholes per mile on the roads and a worrying 2.81 potholes on pavements and paths.

In the UK as a whole, pedestrians are likely to encounter almost four potholes every mile, while local roads bear the scars of an average of 6.25 potholes per mile.