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Residents hit out at ‘shoddy’ pothole repair job on ‘one of Dundee’s worst streets’

"My grandkids could do a better job with playdough."

Finlow Terrace residents Stuart Stonebridge and Jim Gilruth.
Finlow Terrace residents Stuart Stonebridge and Jim Gilruth. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

Residents of a Dundee street littered with potholes have hit out at the hit the council’s “shoddy” repair job.

Finlow Terrace residents previously branded the street “one of the worst roads in the city” – claiming drivers often mounted the pavement to avoid the “craters”.

Locals say the day after The Courier reported on the condition of the road, Dundee City Council workers went along to fill in the potholes.

However, residents on the Fintry street say the quality of the repair is “dreadful”.

Residents say Finlow Terrace pothole repairs ‘a joke’

Resident Jim Gilruth said: “It’s an absolute joke but that’s Dundee City Council for you.

“They’ve patched up some holes then driven over others to patch up some more.”

The 75-year-old claims the local authority patched up holes on the road four times in 2023.

Potholes on Finlow Terrace after repair job
Locals say the road needs resurfaced. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson
Residents of Finlow Terrace in Dundee by the potholes
Residents previously described the street as covered in “craters”. Image: Mhairi Edwards/DC Thomson

He added: “It’s a never-ending cycle. We complain and they come out to patch up bits of the road – within weeks it’s been ripped up once again.

“The whole road, top to bottom, needs resurfaced but as far as we’re all aware there are no plans for that this year or next.”

Fellow resident Stuart Stonebridge said: “It’s funny because a day after the first story was published, the council were out patching up the road.

Potholes along Finlow Terrace in Dundee
The council carried out repairs earlier this month. Image: Andrew Robson/DC Thomson

“However, the job they’ve done is dreadful.

“It’s shoddy work. They’ve just patched bits here and there, it’s hardly an improvement on what it was before.”

The 74-year-old added: “I said it last time – but the whole road needs resurfaced.

“I don’t know how much it costs each time they send someone out but surely it’s better to do the job right the first time.”

‘My grandkids could do a better job with playdough’

Denise Marshall, 55, who has lived on Finlow Terrace for 22 years, says she has been reporting problems for a long time.

She said: “To call the work carried out ‘repair’ is laughable – my grandkids could do a better job with playdough.

Potholes on Finlow Terrace Dundee
The road surface is still broken up in several places despite repair work taking place. Image: Andrew Robson/DC Thomson

“It’s just shoddy workmanship all around.”

A spokesperson for Dundee City Council said: “Temporary repairs were carried out on January 16/17, with a view to carrying out permanent repairs at a later date.”

Road defects can be reported to the council directly through the road and pavement defects website.

  • Does your street have a problem with potholes? Comment below or email andrew.robson@dcthomson.co.uk

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