All gone to pot?

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A PETITION to fix Cathcart’s pothole crisis has secured more than 200 signatures.

Brunton Street residents have thrown their weight behind neighbour Colin King, who is leading a campaign to sort the problem once and for all.

The 63-year-old has lived on the street with his wife Marion for more than 30 years.

He believes the problem has now reached boiling point after gradually getting worse and worse over time.

The retired builder told The Extra: “The potholes do get filled in but it’s a temporary solution. They need to be properly resurfaced.

“The 374 bus used to run along here and that has completely broken up the road. Something needs to be done — the council needs to invest.

“There are about 100 in total. It’s not only dangerous for drivers but a trip hazard for pedestrians.”

The Cathcart man is pleased with the response to his campaign so far, and added: “The vast majority of people were more than happy to sign it.

“I think everybody realised what a serious problem it is. There used to be a residents committee which dealt with stuff like this but there isn’t anything like that any more. That’s why I have taken it upon myself to highlight the problem.”

Mr King has met with several elected officials, including MSP James Dornan.

A council spokesman responded: “Our new budget will deliver more than £36million for roads and pavements, and build on investment of around £46million already made over the last three years.

“Three years ago, we rapidly increased spending and the new budget has gone further to ensure we reach busy city centre streets and residential roads and wipe out thousands of potholes.”

Pollokshields councillor David Meikle added: “Following the council’s commitment to invest in the city’s road network by providing the additional capital budget allocation of £13 million for the Roads Investment Strategy 2013-15, the council is finalising the details of its investment strategy.

“Information such as streets which are main routes to community facilities, and other streets of local importance which residents consider to be in need of treatment but have not been resurfaced, can be assessed for consideration for possible inclusion in future programmes.”