Published: 15/05/2018 20:00 - Updated: 15/05/2018 17:01

Caithness road resurfacing work praised

Councillor Willie Mackay - 'I look forward to a constructive meeting with some positive outcomes.'THE road resurfacing work being carried out by Bear Scotland in parts of Caithness has been praised by the civic leader, Willie Mackay.

The company is responsible for managing and maintaining the north east and north west trunk road network.

Mr Mackay, one of three Wick and east Caithness Highland councillors, has praised Bear for its work to improve road conditions across Caithness.

The company has been resurfacing the A9 Berriedale to Latheron to Thurso trunk road and A99 Latheron to Wick stretch.

Mr Mackay said: “There is not much resurfacing going on this year around the county but Bear have been doing their bit on these main A 9 and A 99 roads. I’m particularly delighted to see the complete resurfacing on a notorious mile long stretch north of Lybster village on the A 99.

“There was dangerous ruts down the centre of the road which was giving concern to motorists and bikers but this has been completely renewed.”

As previously reported, a Caithness community councillor said Highland Council should have more flexibility in its roads budget.

Castletown community councillor Alan Wilcock, is unhappy money has to be spent by the local authority before the end of a financial year. He would like to see more flexibility in the system so scarce funds do not have to be used up by a certain time.

“We have been told there is no spare money for things like potholes yet this money for resurfacing has come from somewhere,” he said.

Mr Wilcock claims it would be better if the money for roads could be sub-divided into various categories and the funds transferred from one to the other if required.

He said: “I think there should be more flexibility in the system although I appreciate the funding problems being experienced by the council. But who is making the decisions about which roads should be resurfaced?”

Mr Wilcock said there was a huge backlog of work to be done on potholes which would cost billions of pounds throughout the UK.

He feels the existing money could be better spent given the difficult economic conditions being faced by local authorities.

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