Controversy over A714 roadworks

The A714 at Pinwherry received some much needed resurfacing this week but there is controversy over how the work came to be completed.

One local resident said that the work was only started after he had written a letter to the Carrick Gazette and then spoke to local councillors and his local MP, Sandra Osborne.

However, this week South Ayrshire Council said that the work was started only after a “routine inspection” and the fact that funding was available.

Local resident Bill Stirling wrote a letter to the Gazette which was published on January 22 after which he said he spoke to local councillors.

Mr Stirling said that no action was taken on the road at that point and only after emailing his MP on February 24, when he was informed by Ms Osborne that she had spoken to SAC chief executive Eileen Howat was any action taken on the road, which he maintains is dangerous.

Mike Newall, head of neighbourhood services for South Ayrshire Council, said: “Following a routine inspection of the A714 at Pinwherry, and as funding was available, we took a decision to resurface this section of the road.

“In order to carry out the work we closed the road from Monday, March 17, to Friday, March 21, between 9.30am and 3.30pm. However, due to poor weather conditions this was extended until Monday, March 24.”

The state of the A714 has been the cause of much anger in the area over the past few years.