Council sued over potholes

Norrie Rae's car hit a pothole on the A886 on the way to Rothesay on Saturday 10th Feb 2018
Norrie Rae's car hit a pothole on the A886 on the way to Rothesay on Saturday 10th Feb 2018

A man from Glasgow is suing the council after it denied responsibility for a pothole on the A886 at Fearnoch that he said burst a tyre on his car.

Taxi driver Norrie Rae (64) was travelling to Bute with his wife Moira for a couple of days holiday break.

He said: “I had the misfortune of hitting a pothole on the A886 on our way to Rothesay on February 10. It ruined the whole weekend.

“I managed to limp back into Rothesay. There was a hole in the tyre. The garage kept the car for me for a couple of days. They couldn’t get a new tyre so put my spare on for me. Another garage fitted a new tyre on our return to the mainland.

“I then put in claim to council with photos etc. I got a letter back last week saying the road was inspected on October 25, 2017. And as they had not received any defect notices from the public from then until the day we hit a pothole they have denied liability.”

Mr Rae believes there must have been more incidents on this stretch of road and urged local people who have suffered to contact the council.

He added:“It would amaze me if nobody has reported this road, which is some 5.1 miles north of the Colintraive ferry, roughly at Fearnoch.

“I would be interested to know if any of your readers have had similar problems.”

A spokeswoman for Argyll and Bute Council said: “We don’t comment on individual cases.”