Council announces pothole repair machine winning name

Friday June 2nd 2023

Midlothian Council Pot hole repairs Tarminator

Council Leader Councillor Kelly Parry on the left and Provost Debbi McCall are pictured with The Tarminator and driver Keith Watson.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Midlothian Council has today unveiled the winner of a competition to name its new 13 tonne permanent pothole repair machine.

Council Leader Councillor Kelly Parry and Provost Debbi McCall considered just short of 200 suggestions – from Sir Filly Connolly to Harry Potholer – before plumping for their favourite, The Tarminator.

Councillor Parry said: “We thought this was the perfect name for a powerhouse of a machine that’s our latest ‘weapon’ in the ‘fight’ against potholes.

“Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger filmed himself recently filling in what he thought was a giant pothole. The former Mr Universe can still put his back into it but imagine how much easier it would have been if he’d had our Tarminator?”

The Tarminator – a JCB Pothole Pro – can typically do a pothole that would take half a day in 30 minutes.

The roads team plans to repair 1,000 potholes permanently in the first six months of the machine’s use.

Provost McCall said: “The Pothole Pros’ revolutionary technology means you can cut, crop and clean with one machine and all you need to do is add tar.

“And the good news is it’s a permanent fix that should last the lifetime of the road so hopefully there’s no need to say ‘I’ll be back’.”

JCB Pothole Pro Manager Ben Rawding said: “We are delighted that Midlothian Council has joined the growing number of local authorities in Scotland investing in the JCB Pothole Pro.

“The JCB Pothole Pro really is living up to its name by fixing potholes quickly and permanently.

“It is helping to keep more than 10,000 miles of Scotland’s roads pothole free, thanks to investments in the machine by five leading local authorities, which are responsible for maintaining more than one third of the country’s highway network.”

In total four people suggested The Tarminator. Each entrant was given a number and a random number generator was used to choose who was the ultimate winner which was Craig Birkmyre. As well as having his winning suggestion on the Pothole Pro, Craig also gets a free family tubing session at Midlothian Snowsports Centre.

Other favourite suggestions were:

– Jimmy Tartruck
– Nat King Hole
– The Asphalt Avenger
– Godfilla
– Deep Purphole
– Holey Moley
– Phil Mahole
– Patch Master
– And if there were two Pothole Pros – Fill and Holey

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