Council needs to up its game on the roads

A Dumfries and Galloway Council officer admitted that the local authority was one of the worst performing in Scotland regarding the condition of the regions’s roads.

Infrastructure Service Manager James McLeod was speaking at Wednesday’s meeting of the Wigtown Area Committee in Wigtown Parish Church Hall.

Statistics showed that 34 per cent of A class roads, 35 per cent of B class roads, 48 per cent of C class road and 60 per cent of unclassified roads were in need of maintenance.

Mr McLeod told the meeting that the council were now doing more surface dressing to carriageways as it created a better surface and was more cost effective.

His report to members also showed that the total carriageway maintenance expenditure per kilometre of network in 2014-2015 was £2,992.

Mr McLeod said that the condition of the regions roads had “improved” but he added that it was “a long term project.”