REPORTS of potholes in North Ayrshire to the local council have trebled in just a year, figures have revealed.

And North Ayrshire Council say they have been working around the clock to keep traffic moving through the recent spell of freezing winter conditions.

As well as ensuring roads are gritted, the crews have been dealing with the increasing number of potholes caused by wet and cold weather.

Between November 1 2016 and January 31 2017, the council received reports of 635 potholes but in the same period from 2017-18, they received a whopping 1,994 reports.

But 60 per cent of the reports relate to either the same potholes or multiple potholes.

And anyone with issues surrounding potholes is urged to contact their roads department either online, through the Council’s app or by calling them with an increased budget on hand to deal with issues as soon as possible. Like many local authorities across Scotland, at this time of year North Ayrshire receives a higher-than-normal number of reports of damage to roads and pavements.

A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, there is very little which can be done to stop potholes happening – that’s simply a result of the climate we live in.

“However, we can respond quickly when potholes do appear and we have a system in place which makes it easier for people to let us know about potholes and, in turn, let us react as fast as possible.

“We investigate and deal with pothole issues as they arise and in our latest budget for 2017/18, actually increased our roads budget by £1million to help ensure our roads network remained overall in good condition.

“Given the wide geography of North Ayrshire, including our islands and rural towns and villages, it is not possible to fix all potholes straight away – but we do prioritise the most serious reports.”