Scottish Council Rejigs Pothole Rules to Cut Repair Costs

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Today’s episode of Council Gaffe of the Week (it should be a real show) features Perth and Kinross Council, which has decided that it’s worth risking people’s safety in order to save cash. The local authority has ruled that potholes need to be at least 60mm deep for it to consider filling them. The previous minimum depth was 40mm, so it’s a significant alteration to the rules.

The change could save Perth and Kinross Council up to £120,000 a year but, for good reason, locals are pretty pissed off. You don’t need to be an expert to realise that the longer a pothole goes untreated, the larger and more dangerous it becomes.

As Willie Roberston, a Liberal Democrat councillor, said, “As a cyclist I know that damaged road drains are a real danger. Often you can't avoid them because of traffic passing you. I am also aware of a few people locally who have damaged their cars on potholes recently. I wonder what the cost will ultimately be when people claim for compensation from the council for the cost of repairing their vehicles."

In an attempt to calm people down, a spokesman for Perth and Kinross Council delivered the following statement: “To ensure safety, we will continue to undertake repairs in inherently dangerous circumstances as part of a risk assessment approach.” I'm not sure it's going to have the desired effect. [Telegraph]