Portlethen tells the council: ‘We want a better service!’


Portlethen Community Council has criticised Aberdeenshire Council, demanding a better service for the town from the local authority.

Chairman Ron Sharp was prompted to write to council bosses last month after complaints from residents about the condition of the roads in Portlethen.

Among the issues raised were the condition of Bruntland Road and the Muirend Road roundabout, including the “poor quality” repair works that were recently carried out in the area.

Works at the roundabout during a busy period had been disrupted by rain, leaving several passing cars with splatters of bitumen and being hit by loose chippings, causing damage.

In his letter, Mr Sharp said: “With Portlethen having borne the brunt of recent development it is not unreasonable to ask that we receive a decent level of road maintenance.

‘‘With the high level of developer contributions which have been made, we cannot accept the excuse that budgets are tight. Portlethen continually appears to be the poor relation with regards to the proper infrastructure being in place, and, as a community that has suffered over the years, we demand a better service.”

A written response from Kincardine and Mearns roads manager Stuart McFarlane said that cost was a factor in deciding on the priority and type of repairs to carry out.

He did concede that recent repairs would have been better carried out during a quieter period, and urged anyone whose vehicle was affected to contact the council, who would clean it.