The use of tarmac to temporarily repair paving in town has been described as ‘an absolute mess’ and ‘disgusting’.
Unhappy residents have sent in photos of tarmac filled gaps around the town centre.
Ged McKnight said: “On Welby Street workmen have lifted up block paving where weeds have grown and pushed them up, making a trip hazard. But instead of removing the weeds and putting the perfectly good paving slabs back, they’re filling the holes up with tarmac. It looks an absolute mess. With all the money we’re spending as a town smartening up Westgate and Wide Westgate, I think it is disgusting.” Also with photos, Tim Bridle said: “Road works come in and replace aesthetically pleasing, characteristic street with tarmac. Nice to see the contract monitoring and looking after public money is in good hands with the council - nothing gets by them!”
Satish Shah, Network Manager South at LCC said: “Anglian Water has carried out works at the corner of Westgate and Market Place, and also where Westgate runs into Wide Westgate. In both instances they have used tarmac to make temporary repairs to the pavement. Where utility companies dig up pavements or roads in the course of their work, they routinely make temporary repairs, and follow up with permanent repairs later. We expect them to mend the pavement using stone paving slabs as soon as is practicable.
“BT also relaid some York stone slabs on Wide Westgate, after laying some cables, but unfortunately the slabs were not relaid to a satisfactory standard. Therefore we are also waiting for BT to carry out permanent repairs, at their own expense.“
A BT Openreach spokesperson said: “Openreach prides itself on carrying out work to a high standard and with the minimum of disruption. Work that falls short of these standards will always be put right. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to remind residents they can make contact online.”