No progress on Balmacassie pothole saga

Ellon councillor Gillian Owen visited Balmacassie Business Park with Conservative candidate Colin Clark recently
Ellon councillor Gillian Owen visited Balmacassie Business Park with Conservative candidate Colin Clark recently

An Ellon councillor has written to M Bruce & Partners in the hope that repairs will be made to the Balmacassie Business Park roads and paths.

Gillian Owen says she is “frustrated” about the continued state of the roads and paths around the area and asks that those responsible come forward and carry out the works.

She said: “For a number of years now I have been complaining about the condition of the roads in Balmacassie, currently the roads are in a dreadful state, probably the worst that I have seen them.

“I am calling upon M Bruce & Partners to honour their obligations and repair the large number of dangerous potholes within the Business Park.

“The site is home to a number of businesses all of whom deserve to be treated better than they are currently by M Bruce & Partners, the infrastructure should be fit for purpose and safe.”

Cllr Owen had complained to council officers about the situation in the past and they gave the following response: “The Council has had no previous or current responsibility for the maintenance of the estate roads.

“Discussions are ongoing between Estates and M Bruce with regard to the Council assuming responsibility for the roads and their adoption, subject to M Bruce making a compensatory cash payment.

“M Bruce have the obligation to set out all roads, footpaths and landscaped areas within the development and bring the roads up to an adoptable standard.

“Prior to the roads being adopted, M Bruce are also liable for their ongoing maintenance.”

Cllr Owen added: “I understand that residents have to use the estate particularly for the recycling facilities and I completely understand their frustrations that these matters take so long to deal with.

“I am disappointed with the Council’s recent response and will be contacting the Officer to ask that they do what has happened in the past which means remedial work will be carried out and M Bruce & Partners will be billed.

“I am completely fed up that we have another long running saga and I publically appeal to M Bruce & Partners to honour their obligations and quickly.”