Drivers warned potholes could take ‘200 years’ to fix after repair backlog

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Drivers have been warned an area’s ­potholes could take almost two centuries to fix.

Council bosses say at the current rate they could be filling in wrecked roads for the next 194 years.

Angus Council fixed just 5.7miles out of more than 1,100miles during a whole year. Roads are meant to be surfaced every 40 years.

Cllr David Cheape fumed: “Resurfacing a road once in 194 years is just unacceptable.”

Mr Cheape, who serves as an independent, added: “We are traditionally one of the lowest spenders.

“We need to reflect that in how we carry out our work as a council.”

Studies suggested the Scottish authority ought to be spending around £7million-a-year to keep roads up to scratch. It has a repair backlog of over £50m.

Cllr Cheape added: “It’s become more and more noticeable our roads have deteriorated significantly.” The average Angus road spend of £6,867 per kilometre in 2019-20 lagged way behind the Scottish average of £11,262.

Another independent councillor, Tommy Stewart, said: “It’s probably something we’re never going to get on top of. Finances just don’t allow.

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“We’re going to have to manage it as best we can.”

The news comes as residents in Cambuslang, near Glasgow, revealed their horror of living near huge potholes that leave them 'trapped' in their homes.

The OAPs say the "nightmare" potholes also affect them going for a walk or to the shops, and those driving mobility scooters or walking with cans are worst-affected.

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They say several pensioners have already fallen over and been hurt.

The potholes, situated outside the elderly complex, cover the road with kerbs on either side of the road.

Hugh, 74, has recently started using a mobility scooter after issues with his back.

He said: "I didn't realise how bad it was until I started having problems getting around myself.

"You have the high kerbs around here too, which is another problem. It makes it so hard to get out.

"We've gone to Hanover, who owns Maple Tree, and to the council, but we are not getting anywhere."

South Lanarkshire Council said they'll "ensure repairs are made to the road surface as soon as possible".

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