Moves to tackle potholes and street cleaning in Queensferry

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Queensferry got back on track this week after last Friday’s winter deluge.

Just as residents thought the worst of the winter weather was over it hit back with a vengeance last Friday night.

Up to five inches of the white stuff dropped on the town and created problems for motorists and pedestrians alike over the weekend.

While the majority of main routes were clear on Saturday, many of the side streets remained untouched, which concerned motorists,.

A thaw, however, on Sunday improved conditions and, by Monday, council workers were drafted in to help clear pavements of ice and snow across the town.

Many motorists locally have had to contend with potholes of varying sizes on roads throughout Queensferry in recent weeks, namely on Builyeon and the Bo’ness roads, but this week saw a marked improvement with many being re-filled. At one time Builyeon Road had more than 20 potholes along its stretch.

While a full inspection programme was already undertaken before Christmas to identify the many roads needing repair, the council had to wait until after the festive period for the quarries that supply the materials needed to re-open.

City councillor Gordon Mackenzie, convener of the council’s transport, infrastructure and environment committee said: “The extreme winter weather has resulted in an increase in potholes and the council has brought in additional contractors to help clear the backlog of repairs. Council staff and contractors have already been out working to fix the worst potholes and we are now able to concentrate on carrying out a programme of permanent repairs throughout the city.”

Refuse collections in Queensferry also returned to normal this week with green wheelie bin collections back to the usual timetable. Residents, however, can still use brown garden waste bins for refuse provided they are due for collection before January 21. After this date garden waste bins will not be collected if they contain any domestic refuse.

Temporary skips across the city will remain in place until January 17, one of which is based at Queensferry Recreation Centre. After that date they will be withdrawn. Environmental wardens are patrolling these sites and will take a strict view on illegal dumping and flytipping.