Carnoustie roads take another battering

Thomas Street Carnoustie at the east end where the road is all pot holes and the tarmac is split.
Thomas Street Carnoustie at the east end where the road is all pot holes and the tarmac is split.

THE POOR state of Carnoustie’s road network will be the focus of council efforts according to a local councillor.

The road surface along Barry Road, Kinloch Street, Thomas Street and Victoria Street is pot-holed, scarred and uneven.

This has been a issue for some time, but severe winter weather in recent years has made the problem even more pronounced.

Independent councillor Brian Boyd said: “I’m making it my number one priority, and I’m working with the administration to get this dealt with.

“The arteries of the town have to be sorted out. It’s absolutely ridiculous that the main artery, in this case Barry Road, is in such a state.

“With Kinloch Street, and some of the others, it is more a problem with drainage.

“There’s no point in spending hundreds of thousands of pounds resurfacing these roads only for Scottish Water to come along and rip it all up again, as they are on Carlogie Road.”

A spokesperson for Scottish Water said: “Scottish Water’s significant programme of work to improve the natural environment for dozens of Carnoustie families will draw to a close within the next few weeks.

“Our series of waste water improvement projects has been carefully co-ordinated with the local authority in order to keep disruption to a minimum.”

The composition of the ground at these sites also plays havoc with road maintenance.

Councillor Boyd said: “It’s mostly sandy soil below Kinloch Street which raises issues of subsidence. I am meeting with council engineers this morning (Monday) to discuss the matter.

“The problem is that normally you have about a foot of asphalt on a road, but in Carnoustie it is quite thin, just a few inches in some places.”

He added the roads would have to be excavated by a metre or more to lay thicker asphalt and avoid this problem of cracking and bulging.

There was, however, some good news for Carnoustie’s road users. Councillor Boyd revealed: “The stretch of road between James Street and Victoria Street will be re-done, and I will be doing my utmost to get that extended.

“Work on Dundee Street will be starting exceptionally soon once the main arteries are taken care of.

“And Westhaven Road will be resurfaced this year, for the first time. “Carnoustie roads have been underfunded and I will work as hard as I can to change this.”

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “We are currently at the planning stage of a number of roads improvement projects in Carnoustie and Monifieth.

“These include the proposed surfacing work on Barry Road between James Street and Victoria Street, which is seen as a priority and is expected to be undertaken this autumn, hopefully early October.”