Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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Two Facebook groups have been formed to voice concerns over local roads.

The A82 Pothole Group, administrated by Martin Pawsey, and the A87 Pothole Group, formed by Heather Knowles, have been created to list potholes, assemble evidence on the state of the roads, discuss damage to vehicles and share the success rate of any claims made.

The A82 runs from Glasgow to Inverness via Fort William.  The A87 runs through Kyle of Lochalsh, across the Skye Bridge and through Kyleakin, Broadford and Portree, before terminating at Uig.  

Heather Knowles stated in the A87 group: "The more information we can get, the better our chances are of getting some effective repairs done.

"Like the A82 Pothole Group page, this is not a "Bear-bashing" page or a page to criticise the men who work on our roads.  This is a group for motorists who feel strongly about the state of repair of the A87."

Members of the Facebook group have shared their experiences on the roads.  Mary Brandrick posted about her visit to Skye on Friday 26 January 2018, during which her car hit a pothole on the Crossal stretch of the A863 and was thrown off the road and down the embankment.  

Martin Pawsey told The Skye Times: "The group was created on 28 January 2018 because members of the public, including myself, felt as individuals we had no voice as to our concerns of the conditions of the A82."

As of the time of writing, the group has over 880 members.  

Mr Pawsey continued: "There are some travel sites that are recommending tourists don't travel to the Highlands and the Isle of Skye as the roads are so bad. This can not be good for our tourist economy.

"We fear an increase in accidents if the holes are not repaired by the time the tourists start arriving especially the ones on bikes and motorbikes.

"We are asking for the following: Acceptance of liability by Bear Scotland and our claims paid; An immediate programme to repair the current potholes and a maintenance programme that will ensure the road does not get into this state again."

Above photograph from Mary Brandrick of her car, which had been thrown off the road at Crossal.

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