Aberdeen road workers may be given additional training to carry out specialist repairs to historic granite setts across the city.
A new Aberdeen City Council report said the local authority’s roads service currently has a “limited resource” for completing some of these specialist repairs, some of which may have to be carried out by a specialist contractor.
It adds that training to upskill a group of workers in this area is “currently being investigated”, potentially working with other Scottish roads authorities.
The local authority was forced to redo historic setts around the Castlegate after workers poured concrete around them, leaving them in an unsightly condition.
It was the second time in recent months that poor repair work of setts has angered local residents.
In May tar was poured in gaps between setts on High Street and College Bounds in Old Aberdeen, prompting a raft of criticism.
The report, which will be considered by the council’s operational delivery committee, asks councillors to approve the use of a tar-like material in the temporary repair of setts.
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This is used to fill gaps where setts or blocks have been removed or where an area has suffered movement.
The report adds: “The roads service acknowledge that this style of repair may be perceived to be of poor aesthetic appearance.
“It is, however, the only practical method which allows it to fulfil its statutory requirement to maintain a safe road infrastructure.”
Ross Grant, transport spokesman for the council, said they would be supportive of investigating the feasibility of additional training.
He said: “Maintenance of our granite setts is becoming increasingly challenging as it is much more expensive to maintain and the council currently does not have sufficient in-house skill set to maintain our cobbled roads.
“I think by supporting this shows how much we recognise the historical significance the granite setts have within the city.”