Grantham Journal letter: Road now floods since resurfacing work completed

Water pooling by the road. Photo: Paul McCormack.
Water pooling by the road. Photo: Paul McCormack.

On behalf of the residents of Gonerby Hill Foot/Cliffe Road area, I would like to draw people’s attention to the sub-standard work being carried out by the county council’s highways team.

Back in the middle of 2014 the main Gonerby Road (B1174) was resurfaced between Stephenson Avenue and Cliffe Road, with work taking place over two nights. As part of this work the entrances to Stephenson Avenue, Pretoria Road and Cliffe Road were also resurfaced. And the whole area and road surface was vastly improved.

Since the end of October and the onset of bad weather the two dropped kerbs at the entrance to Cliffe Road have become flooded every time it rains. With people having to jump over the pond that has been created or take an alternative route to avoid the pool of water. This flooding is caused by the road surface being laid above the dropped kerb level, creating, in effect, a dam.

When I approached the council regarding this matter I was informed that it had been inspected and that it was laid correctly. I was also told that it would drain away in time and that there was another crossing further up Cliffe Road that I could use. This is actually the driveways for the first two properties in Cliffe Road and not a crossing at all. I also pointed out that anyone who was visually impaired would not be aware of this crossing area.

Although I am not a trained engineer, or have years of experience in road construction, I am sure anyone can see from the image above that this work is simply not right.

I have requested that the person from the highways department who inspected the work after it was completed, returns to the area and justifies their actions. I am yet to be taken up on this offer.

I would also like to know if this is now going to cost the taxpayer money to fix or will the contractor be asked to return and rectify this problem at their expense.

The last correspondence I received from the highways department was several weeks ago now, when I was told it was being passed to the relevant officer and they would respond in due course.

Paul McCormack

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