Anger at Long Melford resurfacing works

Poor resurfacing work on Railwalk in Long Melford

Pictured: Resident Stuart Poole is unhappy with the work ANL-160523-163817009
Poor resurfacing work on Railwalk in Long Melford Pictured: Resident Stuart Poole is unhappy with the work ANL-160523-163817009

A Long Melford resident has questioned the workmanship of contractors resurfacing roads in the village and surrounding area.

When Stuart Poole went to cut the lawn of a friend in Raile Walk, in the village last week, he was shocked to find contractors carrying out resurfacing works had missed whole sections, that the surface looked patchy and that it was lifting up within days of being done.

The first stage of road resurfacing works in Long Melford. ANL-160526-173454001

The first stage of road resurfacing works in Long Melford. ANL-160526-173454001

The 50-year-old from Swanfield, Long Melford, also had concerns about flooding as the level of the road surface matched that of garages along the street.

After seeing the initial works, which included a ‘massive gouge’ through the middle of the road, Mr Hume described it as “the worst job I’ve ever seen in my life”.

He added: “I’ve never seen such a shoddy piece of work. I wouldn’t mark them one out of ten for it.”

He made a complaint to Suffolk County Council who employs contractors to carry out the work.

The first stage of road resurfacing works in Long Melford. ANL-160526-173505001

The first stage of road resurfacing works in Long Melford. ANL-160526-173505001

A council spokesman said initially a micro-asphalt treatment had been applied on top of the existing surface which is put on after any significant defects are repaired.

He said: “We find it works well in urban areas with low traffic, as it is more resistant to parking and turning vehicles than surface dressing and much cheaper and less disruptive than resurfacing.

“The issue here was that the machine used to lay the micro-asphalt broke down causing a slight delay and impacting upon the quality of the micro-asphalt.

“The site has since been finished.”

The first stage of road resurfacing works in Long Melford. ANL-160526-173442001

The first stage of road resurfacing works in Long Melford. ANL-160526-173442001

Having returned Mr Poole is still unhappy, saying the surface is still coming up, with flooding still a concern.

“The kerbs are covered in tar, the standard is just dire,” said Mr Poole, who runs a small removals company.

“The standard is appalling. They don’t give a monkeys about the job they are doing. If I don’t do anything about it, who will?”

Mr Poole said the council should be holding the contractors to account for the work being carried out using tax-payers’ money.

The first stage of road resurfacing works in Long Melford. ANL-160526-173516001

The first stage of road resurfacing works in Long Melford. ANL-160526-173516001

“I work really hard and when I see thing like that I wonder how these contractors can sleep at night.

“I appreciate they tried to improve it but it’s still coming up.”

He has also criticised other resurfacing works in Glemsford and Cavendish and is putting in a second complaint to the council as he feels the contractors are not carrying out the works to the standard the council should expect.

Anybody wanting to raise similar issues should contact Suffolk County Council.