Third of Midlothian roads need repairs

Scottish statistics have revealed that 33 per cent of all Midlothian’s roads were in need of maintenance.

The data, compiled by the Scottish Government, shows that, during 2009/10, 23 per cent of the county’s A-class roads were in a red or amber condition. Seven per cent were red.

At the same time, Midlothian Council has issued compensation figures which reveal that while the number of insurance claims caused by damaged roads has increased, the amounts paid out have not.

In 2004/05, the local authority paid out £8368.88 after receiving 54 claims but in 2009/10, the council only paid out £4678.40 after receiving 136 claims.

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