Monday, 25 August 2014

Fife LibDems take BEAR to task

A Liberal Democrat councillor has raised concerns about the lack of progress in dealing with repairs by BEAR who are responsible for maintenance of the A92 trunk route across Fife.  Councillor Tim Brett, member for Tay Bridgehead, said, ‘I reported to BEAR in the middle of March that a bollard was missing at the Hazelton Walls junction on the A92.   

While I appreciate that this is not a major repair it is a safety issue, yet, as of today’s date (25th August), the repair has still not been carried out. I have communicated with BEAR on several occasions and have also asked whether they have a system for checking that small repairs such as this are followed through and completed. I have been assured by BEAR that they do have such a system but it is patently clear that it is not functioning properly.’

Cllr Brett went on to explain that he had also had correspondence with BEAR about the state of the roundabout at the Fife end of the Tay Road Bridge. ‘Work on this was carried out during last winter but neither the local communities, myself nor fellow Tay Bridgehead member Councillor Maggie Taylor were at all happy with the quality of the work that was done. Again, meetings have been held but we are still waiting for a response from BEAR about action that can be taken to improve things.’

Cllr Brett stated that he had written again to BEAR formally complaining about both of these issues.

He concluded, ‘I am concerned that an organisation such as BEAR has no local accountability.  They are responsible for the maintenance of trunk roads in Scotland and therefore, I believe, report to Transport Scotland. I would like the Minister for Transport, Keith Brown, to take a closer interest in the quality of the work carried out by this and other organisations. The general public may assume that all road maintenance in Fife is undertaken by the Council’s Transportation Service but this is not the case for repairs to trunk roads.’
Hole in photo is where the missing bollard was - Cllr Brett pointing it out

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