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Pothole damage sparks roads fear

MORE concerns have been raised over the state of the roads in Dumfries and Galloway with one couple calling for more to be done in order to avoid a serious accident.

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By Zac Hannay
Dumfries and West
Pothole damage sparks roads fear

Mel Stewart-Wyke was enjoying a day out with her husband in the region in May when their vehicle hit a large pothole on the B725 near Glencaple.

They say that swerving to avoid the crater could have resulted in a serious collision had a car been travelling in the opposite direction.

As a result, extensive damage was done to the front suspension of Mel’s vehicle and one of the rear alloys was sheared in half by the impact.

After putting in a claim to Dumfries and Galloway Council, they eventually received a response denying liability, stating that the road was deemed fine following a recent inspection.

The incident has left Mel footing a large bill for repairs.

She said: “There has to be over £1000 worth of damage, one of the wheels split in half.

“The pothole was supposedly repaired a couple of weeks afterwards.

“I am sure this road is not inspected enough and the potential for a serious accident is high, given the state it is in.”

A spokesperson for Dumfries and Galloway Council yesterday said: “The B725 is inspected monthly.

“All roads in Dumfries and Galloway are regularly inspected in accordance with current policy.”

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