Angus ranked highly for condition of roads

A NATIONAL survey has revealed that Angus remains one of the top ranked authorities for the condition of its road network.

However, the authority’s roads spokesman, Councillor David May, has outlined the challenge facing the authority as it battles to repair the damage caused by this year’s severe winter weather.

An investigation on the condition of Scottish roads is carried out annually through SCOTS (The Society of Chief Officers for Transportation in Scotland). The latest survey reveals that Angus is in fifth place overall in Scotland for the conditions of its roads.

In a report to the infrastructure services committee last Tuesday, members heard that although the Angus position remains positive in relation to the Scottish picture, the most recent survey was carried out before the severe winter conditions.

Mr May said: “While the high ranking of Angus Council is to be welcomed, the deterioration in Scotland’s roads network remains a concern for national and local governments. Angus, like every other local authority, is facing a big bill to repair damage caused by the severe and prolonged cold snap.

“The council recognises the vital part the transport infrastructure plays in the economy of Angus, and has approved a record investment in our roads for 2011/12.

“This £15.4 million cash injection will help us deal with the potholes and other problems that have emerged in the wake of the incredibly harsh winter.

“This significant investment will hopefully allow Angus to deliver the standard that keeps us among the top ranking councils in the SCOTS survey.”

Councillor May added that joint arrangements with Dundee and Perth & Kinross councils through Tayside Contracts were helping the county to deal with road repairs effectively – an arrangement which was praised recently by government watchdog Audit Scotland.

He said: “Our roads staff are working extremely hard to tackle the extensive damage to our roads but there is no doubt that dealing with severe winters and the effect on our roads network will continue to be a major challenge for local authorities in the future.”