Fife's worst potholed roads - according to you

Fife Council recently announced that road crews are to work seven days a week tackling potholes in roads across the region.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 10:42 am

It comes at the end of a winter period that has seen ice and snow make the roads worse than ever, with new holes appearing and previous repairs churned up.

We asked you which roads were the worst and you weren’t shy in coming forward – here are the areas you pinpointed.

You can report potholes to the council online at www.fife.gov.uk/reportit or by calling 03451 55 00 11.

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We asked you which roads in Fife are most in need of pothole repairs - here are the areas causing you most concern.

Top of the list for cratered tarmac was Cairns Street West, just outside Pathhead Primary School in Kirkcaldy, with numerous complaints, including from Courtney Melville and Blyth Cairns.

Chris Eadie said: There’s no point in even attempting to dodge them now because they're everywhere, so you need to avoid the street altogether. Although to be fair it's been like that for a year now and it’s still not been sorted.”

Steven Hunter thinks he knows the problem: “You can see the different layers of tar. Half an inch of wet tar to cover the old potholes is never going to last through a winter. It needs to be done properly. The council needs to get guys who know what they are doing to do the job.”

But it was by no means the only bad stretch of road in Kirkcaldy.

Sarah Spencer highlighted these potholes at the entrance to Beurard, in Leven.

Magnus Ritchie has issues with holes in “Chestnut Avenue outside the pub and the roundabout at the shop”, while Kevin Stewart says the bottom of Strathallan Drive “has been marked for repairs for over a year but has only got worse around a manhole cover that is going to collapse.”

And Lynn Mowat finds herself dreading driving in certain areas: “The road is bad just before the bridge on Dunnikier Road, Wilson Avenue and the entrance to Kirkcaldy Health Centre. l try to miss them every day.”

John Quinn agrees that repairs need to be more permanent: “Cairns Street was done two or three years ago with a thin layer – a cheap job. It needs done like Overton Road where it’s ripped out and resurfaced.”

It’s not just small residential roads that are affected, as pointed out by Kris Fotheringham: “The New Row is a joke. It's a main highway into the centre of town and it's ripped up to pieces. It would help if the council would do a proper job and stop just patching up holes.”

The roads outside Pathhead Primary School, in Kirkcaldy, were the most complained about.

Other roads the council need to target in Kirkcaldy include St Kilda Crescent, which has “a few crackers” according to Louie Kilvington, and The Path near the High Street, which Lisa Clarke says has “a massive pothole”.

Meanwhile, Ali Ferrier highlighted the state of Strathore Road, Ross Greer wants to see repairs to Templehall Avenue, Andrew Elder wants a resurfacing team at Dysart Road, Leanne Roper says Nairn Road and Victoria Road are “a nightmare”, Lisa Murray damaged her tyre on a hole on Oriel Road recently, and Mark Swanson says Cawdor Crescent “looks like an asteroid hit”.

Dunfermline is another pothole hotspot, with Kenneth Glennie concerned about the state of Hospital Hill, Nic Richardson wanting action taken on New Row, Wendy Smith describing Tweed Street as another “nightmare”, and Margaret Murray concerned about the state of both Pitcorthie Drive and Kerrisk Drive.

Smaller towns, villages and areas of countryside aren’t free from road issues either, with Rae Hunter highlighting the village of Crossford’s poor roads, John Robertson saying work needs done on Ballingry Road, and Diane Petch saying that many of the larger holes in Rosyth are on speed bumps.

And Ann Marnock said that a hole at the end of the Colinsburgh Road, at the turnoff for Kilconquhar or Cupar, is “big enough to bathe in”.

Laura Wilson is angry that even main roads are pockmarked with homes: “Lochore, Ballingry, Cardenden to Lochgelly, Strathore Road, the Kinglassie to Cluny Road and Lochore Meadows. They're all really bad just now and that's just main roads. The tarmac they use can't cope with lorries or cold weather.”

Many agree that the solution relies on investment in the roads, including Gary Bisset: “You would be quicker listing roads that dont have any potholes. I’ve never known local roads to be so bad. If you can’t afford resurfacing at least get them surface dressed. Patching a hole here and there is not working. The roads are a disgrace.”

Eddy Harper agrees: “It's the quality of product the councils are using on our roads. I lived in Canada for thirty years with worse conditions and our roads never had this sort of deterioration. You get what you pay for. Spend a bit more.

Finally, when asked about which roads were in poor condition, a fed-up Graeme Mcbeth, pointed out: “the area between the Tay Road Bridge and the Forth Bridge.”