Councillors welcome reduction in pothole compensation Councillors welcome reduction in pothole compensation
Three councillors have welcomed a reduction in pothole compensation pay outs by Renfrewshire Council. The three Johnstone representatives Jacqueline Cameron, Andy Steel and Emma... Councillors welcome reduction in pothole compensation

Three councillors have welcomed a reduction in pothole compensation pay outs by Renfrewshire Council.

The three Johnstone representatives Jacqueline Cameron, Andy Steel and Emma Rodden voted through an SNP council budget which contained a record £40m being invested in the roads network across Renfrewshire, and are pleased to see that decision begin to bear fruits.

Renfrewshire Council figures show that in the year to date only £10,481 has been paid out to motorists, compared to £73,530 in 2018-19 and £57,404 in 2016-17.

“Not only was investment in roads urgently needed to address neglect by the previous Labour council, it was frustrating to see the council paying out much needed money to repair cars damaged by the many potholes on our streets,” said Cllr Steel.

“So I’m delighted that the figure has slumped in the first half of the year. Our council is not so flush with cash that it can afford to pay out tens of thousands of pounds every year on potholes.”

Cllr Rodden added, “It wasn’t surprising that motorists were putting in claims as the roads were in a terrible state. While exceptionally bad weather will always have an impact on our roads, we need to manage the things we can control better and our roads programme has made a start in doing that. If it stops cars being damaged and the council losing desperately needed resources at the same time, that’s a win-win.”

Cllr Jacqueline Cameron said “While we’d love to address everything the Labour council neglected in Johnstone and elsewhere, we need to get the road network up to standard first. If you don’t have a solid roads network, people won’t move here to live and business will not locate here. So the council would end up with less revenue in the end to fix this and other issues.”

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