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Fury over shoddy road repairs

Swindon Advertiser: Resident Glenn Stanley, right, Labour group deputy leader Mark Dempsey, left, and Walcot councillor Abdul Amin inspecting the damage to the road in Kingswood Avenue Resident Glenn Stanley, right, Labour group deputy leader Mark Dempsey, left, and Walcot councillor Abdul Amin inspecting the damage to the road in Kingswood Avenue

RESIDENTS are angry after a shoddy batch of road fill left a recently resurfaced road in tatters.

Kingswood Avenue in Park North was only resurfaced last October following a campaign by residents and local councillors to end Swindon’s reputation as a pot-hole hotspot.

But four months on and the road has already broken up, leaving drivers having to dodge vicious potholes.

“Every time a bus drives past and goes down a pothole the whole house shakes,” said Glenn Stanley, who lives in Kingswood Avenue.

“They resurfaced the road last year and we were told that they were going to put new material on there that was guaranteed for at least two years.

“But the top layer has already broken up. I’m not an expert on this but it should last longer than this.”

Glenn said that the weather had caused damage but that did not explain why the road had become worn so quickly, and queried whether the repairs would come at more taxpayers’ expense.

A Swindon Council spokesman said faulty materials had been to blame for the deterioration of the road and it would be replaced at no cost to the council.

Coun Mark Dempsey (Lab, Walcot and Park North), who campaigned for the road to be resurfaced last year, echoed residents’ anger at the state of the road only months after it had been resurfaced.

He said: “As local councillors, we campaigned to get Kingswood Avenue resurfaced. “The work was finally done six months ago but since then the surface has broken up and is now a real hazard to motorists and cyclists.

“The poor state of our roads has led Swindon to dubbed Pothole City.

“That’s why we need proper investment in our roads and to make sure the job is done properly. “Labour’s policy is to spend ‘one-off’ central government grants to fix the many potholes in Swindon so that our local roads are kept in good condition.”

The council have said the debacle was a result of faulty materials being used to resurface the road.

A council spokesman said: “Although the recent wet weather hasn’t helped, the problems with the road surface on Kingswood Avenue are as a result of failures with the resurfacing material that was put down last autumn.

“This does happen from time to time and our team of inspectors have been out to assess the road to inform the contractors of the nature of the road surface failure.

“The material was guaranteed for two years so once investigations are completed the road surface will be repaired at no cost to the council, when the weather allows. “Any urgent road repairs will also be dealt with in the meantime.”

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8:26am Tue 11 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

That's not a 'faulty batch' of roadfill, that's how SBC fills roads generally. The usually turn up, do a quick fill and cross their fingers. Nine times out of ten, the 'repair' fails the minute it rains again - which it's been doing quite a lot lately, as you may have noticed.

There are huge potholes appearing on roads all around the town due to the current weather. SBC won't come close to repairing a fraction of them.

It's time that the myriad taxes that are extorted from motorists were invested into making our roads driveable, rather than propping up our unaffordable welfare state benefit system.
That's not a 'faulty batch' of roadfill, that's how SBC fills roads generally. The usually turn up, do a quick fill and cross their fingers. Nine times out of ten, the 'repair' fails the minute it rains again - which it's been doing quite a lot lately, as you may have noticed. There are huge potholes appearing on roads all around the town due to the current weather. SBC won't come close to repairing a fraction of them. It's time that the myriad taxes that are extorted from motorists were invested into making our roads driveable, rather than propping up our unaffordable welfare state benefit system. ChannelX
  • Score: 20

8:50am Tue 11 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

The "council" has millions of pounds, but that's for pensions and expenses, not road repairs, you muggles.

Don't drive on the roads, walk.
The "council" has millions of pounds, but that's for pensions and expenses, not road repairs, you muggles. Don't drive on the roads, walk. anotherimigrant
  • Score: 7

9:31am Tue 11 Feb 14

Morsey says...

The yellow paint man, indicating, holes and damaged kerbstones has been out and about again around Swindon. The previous repairs to kerbstones was done in a rush with poor readymix and has not taken either ... a job is only as good as the materials and the staff using it and saying nowt about inferior fillers!
The yellow paint man, indicating, holes and damaged kerbstones has been out and about again around Swindon. The previous repairs to kerbstones was done in a rush with poor readymix and has not taken either ... a job is only as good as the materials and the staff using it and saying nowt about inferior fillers! Morsey
  • Score: 15

9:45am Tue 11 Feb 14

Hmmmf says...

Fury turns to anger while slightly miffed resident and councillor taunt vicious pothole with dangling, unfolded arms. Dodgy tarmac to blame, says council, pikeys unavailable for comment.
Fury turns to anger while slightly miffed resident and councillor taunt vicious pothole with dangling, unfolded arms. Dodgy tarmac to blame, says council, pikeys unavailable for comment. Hmmmf
  • Score: 13

9:54am Tue 11 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

Cheap rubbish materials use. Thamesdown drive by asda is breaking up already too. That's only been done 2-3 months.
Cheap rubbish materials use. Thamesdown drive by asda is breaking up already too. That's only been done 2-3 months. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 18

9:56am Tue 11 Feb 14

CocoaClown says...

Akers Way is a mess too for a high traffic volume road. They have made "repairs" by bundling a dollop of tarmac into a hole, patting it down and driving off. Lasts less than a day. You have to play dodgems while driving along there as some of the potholes are so large you'd damage your car even driving slowly.

On another point, this isn't restricted to just local roads. Motorways are getting worse, the M4 towards Bristol has an awful road surface for a motorway as does the A420. Both high volume, faster roads. And all the authorities do is stick a warning sign on the side of the road to warn drivers of the danger of uneven road surface. Surely if they know there is a a problem they should arrange repairs not signage.
Akers Way is a mess too for a high traffic volume road. They have made "repairs" by bundling a dollop of tarmac into a hole, patting it down and driving off. Lasts less than a day. You have to play dodgems while driving along there as some of the potholes are so large you'd damage your car even driving slowly. On another point, this isn't restricted to just local roads. Motorways are getting worse, the M4 towards Bristol has an awful road surface for a motorway as does the A420. Both high volume, faster roads. And all the authorities do is stick a warning sign on the side of the road to warn drivers of the danger of uneven road surface. Surely if they know there is a a problem they should arrange repairs not signage. CocoaClown
  • Score: 22

9:59am Tue 11 Feb 14

stratton man says...

Easy to joke Hmmmf however if you rode a motorcycle you would be aware that potholes on a wet dark night can result in a fatal crash.
Easy to joke Hmmmf however if you rode a motorcycle you would be aware that potholes on a wet dark night can result in a fatal crash. stratton man
  • Score: 18

10:13am Tue 11 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

Oh look. Myself and morsey who get labled as lefties and other insults etc get immediate thumbs down with valid non political points with everyone else getting thumbs up. Pathetic and so obvious.
Oh look. Myself and morsey who get labled as lefties and other insults etc get immediate thumbs down with valid non political points with everyone else getting thumbs up. Pathetic and so obvious. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -6

10:35am Tue 11 Feb 14

John~R says...

There needs to a refocus of local authority expenditure to put provision and maintenance of infrastructure at or close to the top of the list instead of something that might get some attention if there's money left over after paying salaries, pensions and whatever else consumes all of the money.
There needs to a refocus of local authority expenditure to put provision and maintenance of infrastructure at or close to the top of the list instead of something that might get some attention if there's money left over after paying salaries, pensions and whatever else consumes all of the money. John~R
  • Score: 11

11:08am Tue 11 Feb 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

I cant wait for the new labour council, as then all potholes will be gone and all things will be rosey........think of the photo calls then....
I cant wait for the new labour council, as then all potholes will be gone and all things will be rosey........think of the photo calls then.... FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: 1

11:10am Tue 11 Feb 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

If Mr Stanley's house shudders every time a lorry passes then he wants to get out, as it cant be secure enough to live in, tell the council its coming down..............
If Mr Stanley's house shudders every time a lorry passes then he wants to get out, as it cant be secure enough to live in, tell the council its coming down.............. FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: -1

11:18am Tue 11 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

That is what happens when you give a job to an immigrant, what do you expect?
That is what happens when you give a job to an immigrant, what do you expect? A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -4

11:40am Tue 11 Feb 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

John R, did you go to the scrutiny meeting last night, in the wifi fiasco, there is over £306,000 still unaccounted for and no rush to find out why either, thats the money you need....
John R, did you go to the scrutiny meeting last night, in the wifi fiasco, there is over £306,000 still unaccounted for and no rush to find out why either, thats the money you need.... FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: 10

12:15pm Tue 11 Feb 14

trustnopolitician says...

Try Whiworth Road or Pinehurst Road both in line the award "the pohole which does the most damage."

Wi fi £306 000 would help repair quite a few potholes - maybe the council think its better to wait for the claims to come in for damage to vehicles - short sighted SBC once again.
Try Whiworth Road or Pinehurst Road both in line the award "the pohole which does the most damage." Wi fi £306 000 would help repair quite a few potholes - maybe the council think its better to wait for the claims to come in for damage to vehicles - short sighted SBC once again. trustnopolitician
  • Score: 10

1:11pm Tue 11 Feb 14

barlizard says...

often see these council cowboy contractors tipping tarmac into rain filled pot holes! You can see it won't last 5 minutes, but typical of councils spending other peoples money, don't seem to care about quality! or check their contractors work!
often see these council cowboy contractors tipping tarmac into rain filled pot holes! You can see it won't last 5 minutes, but typical of councils spending other peoples money, don't seem to care about quality! or check their contractors work! barlizard
  • Score: 10

1:23pm Tue 11 Feb 14

benzss says...

Can't be that furious. Their arms aren't crossed.
Can't be that furious. Their arms aren't crossed. benzss
  • Score: 3

1:23pm Tue 11 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

barlizard wrote:
often see these council cowboy contractors tipping tarmac into rain filled pot holes! You can see it won't last 5 minutes, but typical of councils spending other peoples money, don't seem to care about quality! or check their contractors work!
Pretty much spot on. Councils dont care about the residents, after all we are forced to pay for their "services" and have no choice to go anywhere else so why worry what we actually think! Anyone who has ever worked there will tell you what a complacent, inefficient, uncaring bunch they all are. Probably the safest job in town, good salaries, final salary pensions, 6 months on full pay while off sick and 30 days leave. A complete joke at our expense.
[quote][p][bold]barlizard[/bold] wrote: often see these council cowboy contractors tipping tarmac into rain filled pot holes! You can see it won't last 5 minutes, but typical of councils spending other peoples money, don't seem to care about quality! or check their contractors work![/p][/quote]Pretty much spot on. Councils dont care about the residents, after all we are forced to pay for their "services" and have no choice to go anywhere else so why worry what we actually think! Anyone who has ever worked there will tell you what a complacent, inefficient, uncaring bunch they all are. Probably the safest job in town, good salaries, final salary pensions, 6 months on full pay while off sick and 30 days leave. A complete joke at our expense. house on the hill
  • Score: 7

1:44pm Tue 11 Feb 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

well then vote them out and get in an indepedant lot who are there for the town and its isues and not some irk in london...
well then vote them out and get in an indepedant lot who are there for the town and its isues and not some irk in london... FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: 7

1:51pm Tue 11 Feb 14

EVERETTP9 says...

THINK YOURSELVES LUCKY, MENTION BAD ROADS ON PENHILL AND THEY JUST LAUGH UP THEIR SLEEVES
THINK YOURSELVES LUCKY, MENTION BAD ROADS ON PENHILL AND THEY JUST LAUGH UP THEIR SLEEVES EVERETTP9
  • Score: 4

2:06pm Tue 11 Feb 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

everettp9, see my blog about who you vote for....
everettp9, see my blog about who you vote for.... FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: 1

3:57pm Tue 11 Feb 14

mikeinwanborough says...

Quote: 'The council have said the debacle was a result of faulty materials being used to resurface the road.' So I assume they are going to check all repairs carried out in the last two years and get them all repaired at no cost before the guarantee runs out? The roads around Wanborough are just as bad, and the ones most recently repaired are probably the worst, as they have already broken down and the ruts and potholes are worse than the previous surface!
Quote: 'The council have said the debacle was a result of faulty materials being used to resurface the road.' So I assume they are going to check all repairs carried out in the last two years and get them all repaired at no cost before the guarantee runs out? The roads around Wanborough are just as bad, and the ones most recently repaired are probably the worst, as they have already broken down and the ruts and potholes are worse than the previous surface! mikeinwanborough
  • Score: 5

4:58pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Hmmmf says...

Apparently a 50ft deep sinkhole has opened up on the central reservation of the M2 today. Nasty.
Apparently a 50ft deep sinkhole has opened up on the central reservation of the M2 today. Nasty. Hmmmf
  • Score: 0

5:41pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Richard Symonds says...

Interesting to note that these Councillors did not attend Scrutiny last night where the Lead Member for Transport and his Director of Highways were answering questions! An ideal opportunity I suggest to get answers.

But if you do ask questions and attend the right meetings what can you expect?
Interesting to note that these Councillors did not attend Scrutiny last night where the Lead Member for Transport and his Director of Highways were answering questions! An ideal opportunity I suggest to get answers. But if you do ask questions and attend the right meetings what can you expect? Richard Symonds
  • Score: 1

7:44pm Tue 11 Feb 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

pat on the back for effort.....
pat on the back for effort..... FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: 2

8:18pm Tue 11 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Richard Symonds wrote:
Interesting to note that these Councillors did not attend Scrutiny last night where the Lead Member for Transport and his Director of Highways were answering questions! An ideal opportunity I suggest to get answers.

But if you do ask questions and attend the right meetings what can you expect?
So much for Labour councillors 'working hard' for their voters. As ever, all they're really interested in is the Adver photo opp.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Symonds[/bold] wrote: Interesting to note that these Councillors did not attend Scrutiny last night where the Lead Member for Transport and his Director of Highways were answering questions! An ideal opportunity I suggest to get answers. But if you do ask questions and attend the right meetings what can you expect?[/p][/quote]So much for Labour councillors 'working hard' for their voters. As ever, all they're really interested in is the Adver photo opp. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

8:17am Wed 12 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

Hmmmf wrote:
Apparently a 50ft deep sinkhole has opened up on the central reservation of the M2 today. Nasty.
I think the biggest sinkholes are between the ears of our councillors!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: Apparently a 50ft deep sinkhole has opened up on the central reservation of the M2 today. Nasty.[/p][/quote]I think the biggest sinkholes are between the ears of our councillors!!!! house on the hill
  • Score: 1

12:00pm Wed 12 Feb 14

themoonraker says...

Hmmmf wrote:
Apparently a 50ft deep sinkhole has opened up on the central reservation of the M2 today. Nasty.
....wouldn't be a surprise if some of the 'politicals' on here blamed Swindon Coucil for this as well !
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: Apparently a 50ft deep sinkhole has opened up on the central reservation of the M2 today. Nasty.[/p][/quote]....wouldn't be a surprise if some of the 'politicals' on here blamed Swindon Coucil for this as well ! themoonraker
  • Score: 1

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