HIGHLAND Council is being taken to task for its failure to repair roads damaged by energy companies such as SSE.
Questions are being asked why so many side roads remain covered in potholes despite assurances that funding has been received from the energy giant.
Wick and north east Caithness Councillor Raymond Bremner said the B874 Watten to Mybster road has a “staggering” six to seven miles of potholes and ruts along its length.
“These roads are being used by heavy haulage as a direct route to wind farms including Bad a’ Cheo and historically Causewaymire,” he said.
In February 2016, SSE pledged to help repair a number of rural roads in Caithness where it had accepted damage was caused by heavy vehicles involved in its upgrade of the power cable network.
Mr Bremner wants to know whether the local authroity has seen through this work and he is also looking into the liability of other companies that drive heavy vehicles along the roads, such as timber lorries, quarry firms and other wind farm operators.
A council spokesman said that repairs to the roads would take place, but permanent work would not be carried out until temperatures rise in March and April.