Roundabout repairs put locals in a Spin

Repairs to potholes on a Hedge End roundabout has driven residents round the bend when work was abandoned leaving the road surface in a worse state.

The roundabout, at the intersection of Salwey Road and Duke Road with Kings Copse Avenue had the tarmac surface removed on the May 5 in preparation for resurfacing, however the road repair crew packed up and did not return to finish the job leaving a rough and uneven surface with several large potholes.

“We’ve no idea what happened” complained one resident “We thought they were going to resurface it like they did to the roundabout at Sherwood Avenue but they have left it in a dangerous state – especially for cyclists – it has been like it for almost two weeks”.

Richard Bastow for Hampshire Highways explained that when the roundabout was examined prior to laying down the new surface it was discovered that the planing machinery had not removed the old surface to a sufficient depth which meant it would have to be recut.

“Unfortunately, the planing machine works to a schedule and will not be able return until this week when the roundabout should be finished.”

Local Counillor Rupert Kyrle added that the old surface had been quite bad with several potholes which used to collect water.

“Hopefully we will be left with a nice surface that’s going to last us a few years”

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  4 comments for “Roundabout repairs put locals in a Spin

  1. Graham Hunter
    May 19, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Hmmm. I was one of the residents to complain to HCC Highways Dept on Monday 10th May. At first the Engineer I spoke to was unaware the work had stopped on the 5th May. He promised to get back to me.
    On Thursday 13th May I chased the Highways Dept again, I was promised a call back. Later on that day I had a call from an Engineer who advised the work be stopped for 6th May (polling Day) at the request of the Local Lib Dem Councillor (he whould not divulge the name). He said they were struggling to find a slot to get the tarmacing gang back to finish the job.
    The next day signs went up indicationg the work be completed on 18th May… it was, it commenced at approx 10:00am and was all complete by 16:30. The only vehicles I saw (my house overlooks the roundabout, and I was in all day) were a Vacuum Truck, Tarmac Spreader Vehicle, Large road roller, small road roller, and various Asphalt Tipper trucks. At no time did the cutting machine return. The road only appeares to have been tarmaced!
    Also on the 5th May, temporary pedestrian ramps were laid in rough ashphalt at the islands, indicating it was a consious decision that the work would not be carried over on the 6th May.

    I suspect that combined with the answer I got on 13th May, that this was political interference by the Lib Dem’s to get the work stopped, to allow them to get as many of their supporters to vote at the Norman Rodaway Centr on polling day.
    But at the cost of exposing the public to a dangerous road surface.
    The Traffic control measures in place on 5th may were adequate and did not give rise to any real delays.

    Seems to me that Lib Dem’s knock Conservative controlled HCC at their program of pothole repairs, then cause themselves the public to be exposed to one of the biggest potholes, by their actions.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 24, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      Following the posting of this story I received a phone call today (May 24th) from another HCC engineer who told me that work on the roundabout had been suspended at the request of a local councillor in case it caused disruption on polling day.
      He couldn’t remember the name of the councillor.
      This seems to support Graham’s version of events -there does seems to be two versions.
      Very odd.

  2. Matthew Myatt
    May 25, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Following the posting of this story I received a phone call today (May 24th) from another HCC engineer who told me that work on the roundabout had been suspended at the request of a local councillor in case it caused disruption on polling day.He couldn’t remember the name of the councillor.This seems to support Graham’s version of events -there does seems to be two versions.Very odd.  (Quote)

    Mr K House.??

  3. Davo
    May 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    should call story “ROUNDABOUT REPAIRS PUTS COUNCILORS IN A SPIN”

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