THE LEGENDARY athlete and missionary Eric Liddell always tread a holy path. But it is unlikely the great man would have approved of the pothole-ridden pavement outside the Capital centre named in his honour which has taken its “Holy Corner” name too far.
Utility works by Scottish Power have left a dint in the Morningside asphalt – eroding the divide between the road and pavement.
Bob Rendall, chief executive of the Eric Liddell Centre, said buggy-pushing mothers were being forced to dodge the hole, while wheelchair users were also being put at risk.
He said: “It’s a disgrace, that’s the bottom line.
“I think it is dangerous the way it is.
“There are hundreds of children that use our centre, and for mums and toddlers it isn’t safe to use the pavement. It’s already very narrow there, but this makes it even worse.
“When it’s been raining, water congregates there so people walking past get showered with mud.
“It is time it gets fixed properly.”
He said he phoned the city council before Christmas to complain, but said patch-up repairs had done little to fix the problem.
Robin Morris, from Merchiston community council, said the pothole was “the worst of half-a-dozen” in the area.
He said: “The whole junction is a mess.
“It’s just the usual ongoing saga with the district council’s repairs but the whole area is a mess.
“It’s not just the road, it’s the drains, too. I’ve been soaked half a dozen times in the last month just from splashing.
“It’s just a mess, Holy Corner. They do patches and that’s it. It’s a perennial problem.
“It’s a hazard and a nuisance. You can’t expect people to walk around pavements which are half there.
“That road is so busy, so it’s dangerous.”
Council bosses said they had been in touch with ScottishPower following the embargo on roadworks over Christmas.
Councillor Lesley Hinds, transport convener, said: “It’s clear to see that the temporary reinstatement hasn’t held, and we’ve advised Scottish Power that they need to act swiftly.
“Our roads carry a lot of traffic, so it’s vital that reinstatements are completed to a high standard to keep our roads and pavements safe and accessible.
“The city council is making every effort to make sure that this happens, but utility companies need to be working harder to do the same.”