Covid delays more than £2million of road repairs

Resurfacing work in Glencruitten Road will take two weeks 16_T21_roadworks_Glencruitten
Resurfacing work has been delayed due to Covid

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The total value of roadworks put back to 2021/2022 because of Covid is £2.757 million.

Effects of the pandemic meant the 2020/21 Capital Roads Reconstruction Programme
had to be delayed and proposals for that work will be presented to this month’s meeting of Argyll and Bute’s Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee. Updates will also be given to each area committee.

Members of Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee were told at last week’s meeting that a number of repair schemes could not be completed as a result of construction restrictions imposed during the first lockdown.

The majority of those schemes have now been moved into 2021/22 and mainly include surface dressing.

In an update on bin collections and waste sites, councillors heard the change to two weekly collections during lockdown significantly increased the material
to landfill while reducing the amount of material which was recycled.

Although the council is currently operating a full kerbside collection service and waste sites are open, it is not providing the special uplift service which so far has not proved to be problematic with very few requests for the service having been received.

Regarding winter maintenance services, demands have been significant so far this season with a higher than average number of treatments carried out due to the cold conditions, says the report that added salt stocks are still in good supply with deliveries coming in via Northern Ireland by sea and via road from other suppliers.


Caption: Resurfacing work has been delayed during Covid