MOTORISTS in St Andrews are up in arms over the amount of potholes on the town’s roads which remain untreated.
Last winter’s record low temperatures have taken a heavy toll and, months after the big thaw revealed the full extent of the problem, motorists are still struggling to prevent cars being damaged.
Many drivers have pointed out several large potholes on St Andrews roads at a time of year when the damage caused over the winter months has normally been patched up.
One motorist told the Citizen: “I had to get a spring replaced in my car two weeks ago and that was as a direct result of driving over the potholes in St Andrews.
“The garage told me they are seeing the same thing day in and day out - damage caused by these potholes that are being left untreated and are getting worse.
‘‘I have never known the centre of St Andrews to be so bad and the road out to Guardbridge is really bad as well. At night they can really catch you out and I fear there is going to be a major incident shortly.
“We’re well into March now and this still hasn’t been sorted out.”
Another motorist reported falling foul of a large pothole near the town’s bus station which he suspected may have damaged his car.
He said: “I travel daily from St Andrews to Leuchars and one morning I nearly damaged my front tyre on the passenger side as two potholes were filled with water and almost invisible. I hope I haven’t damaged the wheel and tracking.”
However, Fife Council claims to have repaired almost 12,000 potholes in the first three months of the year,.
Bob McLellan, head of transportation services, told the Citizen this week that he was confident the local authority had the resources and the money to meet repair targets.
He said that, since April last year, all potholes classified as emergencies had been repaired on the same day.
He said the council would carry out the necessary repairs so long as it is made aware of where the problems are.
“The severity of the last two winters have had a marked impact on the roads as a whole,” he went on.
“Potholes that are deemed to be a possible danger have to be fixed within 24 hours and 95 per cent of the others are repaired within five days. We are still more or less meeting our targets.
“We have inspectors who go out looking for potholes and we encourage the public to help us and let us know if they spot any.
‘‘We will get them repaired if they are brought to our attention.”