The road, from the market place to the junction with Windmill Lane, was re-surfaced in August by our own workforce. Unfortunately the supplier sent sub-standard aggregate, and investigations have found that the surface is already breaking up.
The mistake was spotted by the supplier, who are to re-surface an 80m stretch from just below the junction with Windmill Lane, at their own cost and with an extended warranty.
Providing the weather is good work will take place on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October from 6pm until 6am, with the nosiest work taking place before midnight. Part of Windmill Lane is already scheduled to be re-surfaced from Monday 19 October, and this work will take around three weeks.
Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Simon Spencer, said:
“I’d like to apologise to all those who are going to be affected by this bit of road having to be re-done. I know that the work will be noisy and inconvenient, but we really have no choice.
“Sub-standard materials were supplied to us, and we don’t think that the surface will last the winter. It also affects the skid resistance, and with so many lorries using the road this is a risk we cannot take.
“Our supplier noticed their mistake and let us know immediately and have worked with us to find a solution, for which I’m grateful. They are going to re-do the road at their cost, so there is no burden on the council tax payer.”