A North-east council’s roads chief has conceded potholes are “growing like mushrooms” as she tries to deal with challenging weather conditions.
Principal engineer for Aberdeenshire Angela Funk told councillors only 50% of recent planned works had been completed as the region was hit by the Beast from the East.
The £6.7 million road maintenance budget for the Marr area has just over £1m set aside for winter maintenance, a figure reduced from last year by £443,000. Mrs Funk said the roads service had tried to prepare a “balanced budget” to keep the roads “up to scratch”, but she added: “The potholes are growing like mushrooms at the moment.”
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government confirmed that help was on its way for beleaguered councils to deal with extra costs.
She said: “We have activated the Bellwin Scheme, which has made available to local authorities the opportunity to put forward claims of extraordinary expenditure that are associated with handling these incidents and we await any claims.”