Potholes needs fixing on island’s deteriorating roads

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Islay needs better road maintenance to put a stop to potholes, says island councillor Alastair Redman.

People living on the island desperately need better infrastructure and he says he is ‘relentlessly’ lobbying Argyll and Bute Council to help get overdue resurfacing done and sort out potholes.

‘There is a real need to address the large number of potholes between Port Charlotte and Portnahaven, also the long overdue resurfacing of the Claddach road is still needing to be done. The constant flooding of roads across Islay is rapidly accelerating their deterioration.’

‘Even in the areas that don’t flood, the amount of heavy traffic on our roads means that pothole repairs only last a few weeks at best. We can see evidence of this on Mansfield Road in Port Ellen and at the bottom of Main Street in Bowmore,’ he added.

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said: ‘This year the council is investing more than £8million in capital improvements to our roads network, with £866,140 being spent on Islay and Jura. This is in addition to the investment in day-to-day maintenance work, such as patching and filling potholes. Complaints about road defects are dealt with and prioritised accordingly.’