‘Craters’ in the road that cause misery for motorists

“they’re not potholes, they’re more like craters.” That was the damming view from one Barrhill resident on the state of the A714 between Pinwherry and the village this week.

Heavy gritting over the winter freeze and years of abuse from heavy lorries have taken a severe toll on the main route to Newton Stewart.

Sharon Parker, whose mother’s vehicle was badly damaged after hitting a pothole, claimed the road has been in a poor condition for some time.

Mrs Parker has tried to claim money back from the local authority to pay for the damage but was told she wouldn’t be getting a penny.

She told the Gazette this week: “Since October, the road has got worse. Part of the road is close to subsiding. After my mum’s car was damaged we tried to get compensation to pay the repair bill, but we were told by the claims group the council use that when they checked the road it was fine and we wouldn’t be getting anything.”

Kenny Dalrymple, South Ayrshire Council’s Roads Manager, said: “We are doing all we can to respond to concerns raised by residents and drivers across our roads network and have worked continually on the A714 over the past ten days to carry out temporary repairs to maintain the safety of the road.

“While this gives immediate and effective relief to the problem, we are also considering how best to take forward permanent repairs to ensure its safety in the long-term.”

And the council is giving you your chance to get your views across at open evening events in the area.

Mr Dalrymple added: “Residents are invited to attend our forthcoming roads improvement events to come along and discuss these issues.

“The remaining events take place in Troon Town Hall on 2 February, Maybole Town Hall on 3 February and the Carrick Buildings on 9 February. Each event starts at 7pm. Come along and have your say.”

If you have come any potholes on roads that you want to highlight, then why not get in touch with us at the Gazette. You can call 01465 712688 or email us on editorial@carrickgazette.com