Highways defends town centre pavement works

Essex County Standard: Highways defends town centre pavement works Highways defends town centre pavement works

Essex Highways has defended how it is carrying out six weeks of repairs to Colchester town centre pavements.

The work began on Monday and means large areas in the High Street and Head Street have been blocked off to pedestrians.

Shopper Carl Hodgins, 52, criticised the way the work was being carried after claiming only one person was working in the High Street despite the cordon being in place.

He said: “There is one builder and it is just a mess.

“I came to the top of the High Street and there are three vehicles in areas they shouldn’t be in and in bus stops.

“The traffic wardens are quick to book other people but for some reason are not going to ticket them.”

An Essex Highways spokesman said: “As part of our town centre improvement scheme, we are currently carrying out repairs to the joints between the paving in Colchester High Street.

“We have specialist contractors carrying out the work and we also have three teams in the town centre carrying out various footway repairs.

“This morning there was a site meeting with a number of our staff along with officers from the borough council to discuss our works.

“The process we are using means we cannot permit vehicles or pedestrians to use the area until the repair has hardened which is dependent on weather conditions and the temperature.

“We have discussed our parking needs with Colchester Council whilst we undertake the works which are scheduled to be completed by the end of April 2014, subject to weather conditions.”

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7:10pm Sat 22 Mar 14

hughie-s says...

"This morning there was a site meeting with a number of our staff along with officers from the borough council to discuss our works."

Clowns, you do that before work starts and draw up the order they are going to be done. You only barricade the areas you are actually working on, not the whole lot. On Friday morning buses were having to queue to get on to the stops in Head Street and at the Fire Office as half of them were closed off.
"This morning there was a site meeting with a number of our staff along with officers from the borough council to discuss our works." Clowns, you do that before work starts and draw up the order they are going to be done. You only barricade the areas you are actually working on, not the whole lot. On Friday morning buses were having to queue to get on to the stops in Head Street and at the Fire Office as half of them were closed off. hughie-s
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11:31pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Reginald47 says...

''The process we are using means we cannot permit vehicles or pedestrians to use the area until the repair has hardened which is dependent on weather conditions and the temperature.''

That seems a perfectly reasonable explanation why a larger area is cordoned off surely.
''The process we are using means we cannot permit vehicles or pedestrians to use the area until the repair has hardened which is dependent on weather conditions and the temperature.'' That seems a perfectly reasonable explanation why a larger area is cordoned off surely. Reginald47
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7:52am Sun 23 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

No.it means f**k you, we'll do as we see fit.
No.it means f**k you, we'll do as we see fit. stevedawson
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7:58am Sun 23 Mar 14

jut1972 says...

Reginald47 wrote:
''The process we are using means we cannot permit vehicles or pedestrians to use the area until the repair has hardened which is dependent on weather conditions and the temperature.''

That seems a perfectly reasonable explanation why a larger area is cordoned off surely.
Yes but only assuming they have done something already.

Surely they could leave those areas which haven't been treated alone until they are needed. In effect a rolling pavement block.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: ''The process we are using means we cannot permit vehicles or pedestrians to use the area until the repair has hardened which is dependent on weather conditions and the temperature.'' That seems a perfectly reasonable explanation why a larger area is cordoned off surely.[/p][/quote]Yes but only assuming they have done something already. Surely they could leave those areas which haven't been treated alone until they are needed. In effect a rolling pavement block. jut1972
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8:11am Sun 23 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

I like the bit about the need to park their vehicles!
Says it all really. Its time these councils realised they are working for us and its not the other way round.

They say all the 'right' words whilst maintaining a F**k you attitude!
I like the bit about the need to park their vehicles! Says it all really. Its time these councils realised they are working for us and its not the other way round. They say all the 'right' words whilst maintaining a F**k you attitude! Say It As It Is OK?
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10:35am Sun 23 Mar 14

Lillibet6 says...

Totally agree . the cost of these slabs was excessive in the day . the ruddy things are constantly being replaced / re paired
Another bad decision by our council that WE pay for again & again
Totally agree . the cost of these slabs was excessive in the day . the ruddy things are constantly being replaced / re paired Another bad decision by our council that WE pay for again & again Lillibet6
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