Council takes action to repair Highland roads
16th May 2016
The Highland Council is to purchase a specialised state of the art road repair vehicle in its bid to dramatically reduce the number of surface defects present on its road network.
The machine, which uses a spray injection patching process, can be operated by a single operator and can fill a pothole in about 5 minutes. It is considered to be the most efficient means currently available of repairing road defects at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. The vehicle, which is made to order, is expected to be delivered later this year.
In the intervening period Highland Council will be hiring two of these specialised machines for a period of 13 weeks over the summer to further reduce the backlog of road repairs. It is expected, subject to reasonable weather, that the use of these machines will have a significant impact on the number of potholes present on its road network.
The Highland Council manages and maintains 6,754km of roads, 1,700km of footways and 2,180 bridges and culverts.
Vice Chair of the Council's Community Services Committee, Councillor Richard Greene said: "Highland Council are very aware of the concerns raised with them by members of the public in regard to deteriorating road surfaces. The ruling Independent Administration have given these issues high priority and these machines, together with the new one on order, will assist tremendously in early repair action."
Wick Councillor Bill Fernie, Chairman of Resources Committee and Budget Leader said, "We know that roads are a high priority for people in Highland and that is why we went back and reversed cuts of the previous administration and added more capital spend over coming years. This allied with a plan to increase improvements with a Jet Patcher will begin to make a difference but it will take time. The Jet Patcher wil be in Caithness for 15 working days between 1st June and 21st June 2016."
Members of the public can report potholes or any other road issues online via the council's website by visiting http://www.highland.gov.uk/info/20005/roads_and_pavements/96/road_faults
The Highland Council is reassuring people in the region that since Storm Caroline and the arrival of winter weather to the region, the Council's Community Services has been deploying all of its available resources to tackle the condition of Highland Council pavements and roads. The Council's gritting fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over 200 staff providing winter maintenance services.
Budget update Council will today consider a potential budget gap of £33.5 million in the next financial year in 2018-19. It will take several days to achieve clarification of the precise settlement to The Highland Council following the Scottish Government's draft budget announcement.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting . The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.
With Storm Caroline hitting the Highlands yesterday, today's heavy snowfall and the forecast for a drop in temperatures over the next 48 hours, the Highland Council's crews and winter vehicles have been busy in action. The fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over the coming months 200 plus staff will be providing winter maintenance services.
Wick Campus, including Wick High School, Newtonpark Primary School and High Life Highland Leisure facilities will remain closed on Friday 8 December 2017. The closure is due to high winds during Storm Caroline today which caused some damage to part of the roof of the Wick campus gym, causing the metal flashing around a roof light to become detached.
Following the high winds forecast and experienced this week due to Storm Caroline, The Highland Council is encouraging landowners to check trees and vegetation near to public roads which may have been damaged. Roads affected by fallen trees this morning were near Beauly; Achnagarron near Invergordon and Lochaber which staff are clearing.
The high winds during Storm Caroline today have caused some damage to part of the roof of the Wick campus gym, causing the metal flashing around a roof light to become detached. The school was already closed to pupils today due to the adverse weather.
Road condition reports by The Highland Council's Community Services for the morning of Thursday 7 December 2017 are as follows: Caithness and Sutherland: Most roads are affected by snow and ice. Treatment in progress.
The Highland Council expresses its deep disappointment at the news of further branch closures by the Royal Bank of Scotland. Leader of the Highland Council Margaret Davidson said: "This will cause real difficulties for many customers and small businesses.
Highland consumers who have lost money to a scam involving payment through Western Union wire transfer between 1st January 2004 and 19th January 2017, are being encouraged by Highland Council Trading Standards to file a claim for a refund with America's Federal Trade Commission in a bid to get some or if not all of their money back. In January 2017, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million for turning a blind eye to scammers and other criminals who used its service to trick customers into paying for bogus prizes, loans, jobs, discounted products and other financial rewards in exchange for money upfront.
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