Grantham Journal letters: New system required to stop chaos

Grantham MP Nick Boles.
Grantham MP Nick Boles.
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How much longer have we got to put up with Nick Boles’ recent charm offensive?

He has finally resorted to telling us he is our MP! No need, we are well aware he is.

Since Boles wants to do away with town planners altogether, I will point out, I hope, the error of his ways.

You submit your planning application to the council, it gets passed, you start to build and part of the build process is a requirement for the building inspector to swing by and ensure that everything is being done correctly.

Now the reverse. The council receive a request from a utilities company to install a water main or a gas main or new telephone duct system or cable TV. The council approve it and that is where it appears to fall down, because if the council had then sent out a civils inspector or even a qualified NRSWA (New Road Street Works Act - 1991) superintendent to oversee the construction then there would not be the chaos that we had at the Springfield Road location.

The council does not need to have a civils inspector on their books as a permanent employee, they can hire a contractor on a job-by-job basis

Contract employees are vastly experienced (been there, done that) and are normally employed based on their reputation and are therefore a lot more thorough.

So, the question must be asked, no matter how many years ago, did SKDC have a civils inspector on site during any of the construction of the utilities being blamed for the Springfirled Road delay? It’s a simple yes or no answer. If not, who signed off on the completed work?

If no civils inspector was on site, then this should be a very serious warning to our council and our MP hat builders/construction companies left to their own devices will, invariably, get it wrong or take short cuts to cut costs.

What are we left with? Utter chaos like the Springfield Road fiasco.

So MP Boles, what say you, as our MP? It would amaze me if the council participate in a Dig Safe scheme and if they do, they need to seriously review their procedures.

Perhaps if our MP wants a “real” legacy, he might do something really useful and enforce a system of Dig Safe nationally and make it legally enforceable, then it might put an end to cock-ups like Springfield Road ever happening again!

In the end, eyes on the ground cannot be beaten.

Roy Coldham

Peascliffe Drive, Grantham