Grantham Journal letter: Residents will pay for contractor’s mistakes

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Back in January, I wrote a letter to the Journal highlighting the drainage issues at the bottom of Cliffe Road in Grantham.

These were caused after the council’s contractors carried out resurfacing work on the main Gonerby Road (B1174) back in May 2014.

When the council were first contacted regarding this issue, they said that the junction had been laid to the correct levels to be compliant. And the tactile crossing areas are designed to be level with the adjacent carriageway. It had been inspected on completion by a council engineer and signed off, but no inspection document was available to say whether they had identified this issue themselves.

Before this complaint, there had only been one other regarding the drainage in Cliffe Road, so that would imply that there was not actually an issue before these works were carried out.

After pursuing the issue further, it now seems that the county council do now acknowledge there is a problem and that they have been waiting for the 2015/16 budget to be released so they can carry out the rectification work needed. In fact, it even seems that the area highways officer himself wasn’t happy with the surface being laid above the tactile paving, after obtaining information under a Freedom of Information Act. The work will now involve raising the dropped kerbs and tactile paving up to the level that the contractor laid the new road surface at a cost to the taxpayer.

This is not the first example of taxpayers’ money being wasted that I have seen, with several potholes being filled in on the morning of the Gonerby Road resurfacing work. Only to then be ripped back up by the contractor less than 24 hours later. Surely the highways department should be asking the contractor to return to site and rectify the problems that they have caused at their expense.

In these times of austerity, council cutbacks and county council tax rises, they should surely be spending our money less frivolously and making every penny count. If they wasted less money like this, we would have more money to fill in all the potholes.

Paul McCormack

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