Anger over road resurfacing work

PUBLISHED: 14:34 24 August 2006 | UPDATED: 10:45 06 May 2010

A ROAD surface full of potholes has been described as being worse than Baghdad High Street . Michael Mansi, 69, said that during recent resurfacing works in Brook View, Hitchin, only the very edges of the road had been improved – leaving the rest of the

A ROAD surface full of potholes has been described as being "worse than Baghdad High Street".

Michael Mansi, 69, said that during recent resurfacing works in Brook View, Hitchin, only the very edges of the road had been improved - leaving the rest of the road with large holes.

Mr Mansi is annoyed at Hertfordshire Highways because only the outer edges of the surface were filled and, being an ex-councillor for Enfield, said he knows what he is talking about.

He said: "The situation is that the surface has been very, very bad for a long time. I've spoken to the council and told them it's worse than Baghdad High Street.

"Eventually they sent someone down but instead of doing the whole road they've done the two edges and left the middle of the road. They haven't filled in any of the potholes and it is like that for the entire length of the road.

"The surface in the middle won't last much longer and they will have to come out and do it another time. We don't know when this will be.

"Everyone thinks it is a bit of a laugh and I think the council should have done the complete thing in one go."

A council spokesman said it was never the intention to resurface the entire road.

She said: "It wasn't a resurfacing job. The construction of the road was in a bad condition. We dug up parts of the road and put new bits down just to strengthen it and to make it a better condition.

"These were the worst parts of the road, around the edges."

If anybody has any faults with the roads they can call the 24-hour Highways Fault Reporting Line on 01438 737320.

o A PATCHY road resurfacing job left uncompleted a fortnight ago is still to be

finished.

The relaying of the surface on Hampden Road, Hitchin, was not completed because workers found a van in their way and had to work around it.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said: "We are hoping to complete the resurfacing work in Hampden Road either on Friday, August 25, or during the weekend of September 1 or 2.

"It was unfortunate that we were not able to complete the work but it was for reasons beyond our control.


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