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Council's new pothole filler plan

The council said the system would save 59,000 from its annual road repair bill

A council has said it will use a new "environmentally friendly" system for dealing with potholes.

Inverclyde local authority said its councillors had approved the use of Rhinopatch, which uses an infra-red heating process to repair potholes.

Rhinopatch's website claims the system is environmentally friendly because it uses recycled material rather than only asphalt to fill in the holes.

Contractors will now be invited to bid for the work.

The council said the system would save £59,000 from its annual £1m road repair bill.

Cllr Robert Moran said: "There is no doubt potholes are a real problem in Inverclyde.

"In an ideal world we would like to spend £25m on our roads over the next five years to bring them up to maintainable standards but that is simply money we haven't got."

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