It’s fair to say that on some of the main roads in Edinburgh you’d be quite forgiven for thinking you’re actually driving through a road in the Middle East or East Europe. The City streets are falling apart, filled with potholes, sunken drains, and so many ripped up and repatched sections your car is bouncing all over it.
Now that’s fine if you’ve bought a Jeep, but in a smaller car with stiffer suspension you’re in danger of losing control of your car, particularly on a wet day, knocking off the alignment and causing wear to the tyres, knocking something from the road onto your vehicle causing damage or even just breaking the suspension on the hole.
It’s dangerous and it’s damaging your vehicle, but what can you do?
You can report the problem before something happens. I’ve just found the site to allow you to report road defects online, and I’ve reported two already. The stretch of road from Maxwell Street to Balcarres Street on Morningside Road, and the section of road from Craiglockhart Drive to Glenlockhart Drive opposite to the University buildings. Both have awful roads, and are in dire need of fixing.
I intend to fill out this form everytime I drive across a damaged piece of road, and hopefully see them getting fixed, until the next contractor comes along and rips up the road replacing it with sub standard work and materials for it to sink in a matter of weeks.
You can find the online form at the Clarence section of the Edinburgh Council Transport and Travel website.
As yet, there really is no update. I’ve heard nothing since. I’ve now also added another one for Glenlockhart Road from the roundabout at Greenbank Drive all the way up the hill next to the golf course. I’ll just keep adding them on.
Apologies are due from me as I noticed this evening that I received an acknowledgement from the CLARENCE reporting system (don’t ask about that name, please!). I have to wait ten working days before chasing the report, that is if nothing has been done, other than that there’s not much information.
It’s probably fair to assume that the previous two acknowledgements were dumped by my SPAM system…quite apt really.