An Aberdeen councillor today said residents “deserve better” after the local authority announced it will take almost a year to repair a railing and wall damaged when one of its vehicles crashed.
A pick-up van belonging to Aberdeen City Council left the road and rolled down an embankment, smashing through the railings and wall, on Farquhar Road on April 23.
The council confirmed no one was inside the vehicle when the crash happened.
The work has been put out to tender, with the closing date for a bid already passed, and the local authority intends to appoint a contractor in the coming weeks.
Work is then estimated to be completed by spring.
In a document seen by the Evening Express, a council officer said due to the “scale of the work” the decision was made for it to go out to tender.
It is predicted the work will be underway by the end of December, but it is “anticipated that the repairs will not be fully completed until spring 2019”.
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Councillor Catriona Mackenzie, who represents the Torry and Ferryhill ward, said: “The residents of Farquhar Road deserve better than to wait up to a year or longer for the council to get damage fixed that was caused by one of its own vans in the first place.
“It was an unnerving ordeal for folk in the area when the van went careering into the wall, crashing through it.
“It was nothing short of incredible luck that nobody was injured.
“I sincerely hope the council can bring this work forward and get the repairs done as soon as possible because the damage has been left for long enough.”
An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “A structural surveyor has determined the scope of works and it has been put out to tender.
“The successful contractor is expected to be appointed in the next few weeks.”