MP hopes “crater” potholes will be filled in soon
Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has said he hopes that large and dangerous potholes will be filled in soon after Peterhead residents highlighted the scale of the problem with colourful graffiti earlier this week.
Peterhead residents took matters into their own hands by drawing explicit images around deep potholes on the town’s Victoria Road. The potholes were defaced with explicit drawings and writing, politely telling the council to get the problem sorted as soon as they can.
Within hours of the potholes being highlighted, Aberdeenshire Council sent out workers to deal with the graffiti but did not fill in the potholes.
Potholes are a major problem on north-east roads, with Covid and the bad winter weather meaning that lots of repairs were put back.
The local authority will be focusing on the most safety-critical road surface defects across their 3,500 miles of road. These are categorised depending on the severity of the defect. Those posing an immediate danger to the public are inspected and actioned within 24 hours.
Potholes can be reported online here.
Scottish Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan David Duguid said:
“I am aware of the impact that these large potholes, increasingly more like craters are causing to motorists in Peterhead and across Banff and Buchan.
“Covid and a bad winter have set back many of the repairs to these, but it is becoming increasingly clear that something needs to be done.
“I am aware from local councillors that Aberdeenshire Council is undertaking a major programme to deal with the pothole situation and I hope that we will see the larger and more dangerous ones filled in very soon.
“Obviously and understandably residents are angry that the potholes have not yet been filled in and the graffiti to highlight them has certainly done that. But I would ask people to mindful of vandalism laws and naturally to avoid offensive language and imagery.”