Roadworks we should all welcome
THE Herald's plastic campaigner Pothole Pete usually has something of a fixed grin – but there is certainly reason for that to be a broad smile today.
The report we publish in this paper reveals details of a programme of work to repair some of the worst stretches of road in the city.
From Tuesday teams will be out and about patching 32 roads. These are not small-scale patches being planned as have been used in recent months – these are major roadworks replacing up to 2,000 square metres of tarmac.
Anyone who moves around our city will know this work is much needed and long overdue. The series of harsh winters followed by the downpours of recent months have taken their toll.
The problem has been so bad that Pothole Pete was brought out of retirement to highlight the worst areas and we can only hope these are dealt with by this work.
Pete is a light-hearted response to a very serious problem. You only need to look at the letters that fill these pages including today, to realise what a major talking point potholes are in this city.
We should not underestimate the scale of the task the council faces in getting our roads back in order and this is a very welcome first step.
No doubt the roadworks that start next week will cause a good deal of disruption. But this is important work and for the good of the city as a whole. So if you get caught in a jam just follow Pothole Pete's example – grin and bear it.