FOLLOWING on from my letter which appeared in the BVM on 17th January regarding the abysmal state of the road on which the council laid liquid bitumen and chippings, I have received, via the parish council a copy of Cllr Batstone’s e-mail (although she has never replied to my e-mail to her of 17th December) and it states that the process will be repeated in the summer. At whose cost?
According to Highways, the problem arose due to the poor weather but this is absolute nonsense because the surface lifted prior to the start of the long period of rain we have experienced.
This method of surfacing is nothing short of a cost cutting exercise and should not be done again. If other councils were to employ it I am sure that it would have made news headlines by now.
A further problem that I, and our friends and neighbours in the village have experienced, is that our cars have bitumen splashes up the sides and rear, and to the wheels because the bitumen has still not dried. This has resulted in time consuming cleaning with copious amounts of white spirit to remove it and then re-polishing. The options open to us are to either keep cleaning the bitumen off and re- polishing, or to use an alternative route (a detour of three miles)!
I would hope that common sense may occur to someone in Highways and a proper resurfacing job is subsequently carried out.
Doug Couchman, Kingson