Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Fishertown roads resurfacing fails to satisfy some residents according to Fishertown correspondent

This in from one of the correspondents at our Fishertown bureau:

Some Fishertown residents received a surprise visit yesterday when council workmen chapped on their doors asking them to move their cars, as they were about to start resurfacing work on the roads. It was the first that the they’ heard about the work. Vehicles were duly moved and work began with a road crew from Inverness. The roads in question were scrapped clean and then a layer of tarmac and chippings were laid

Many residents moved their cars this morning expecting the work to be finished today but the only vehicle they saw was a road sweeper collecting the loose chippings. The driver confirmed that the work was now finished

One local rang the roads department and was told that as Scottish Water still had outstanding work in the area all they were getting was a ‘top dressing’ on the roads, no finish with tarmac. The same council person said that the roads department no longer issued warning about such work as bad weather often delayed the start of such operations leaving residents confused as to when the work was taking place

Another resident complained that the finish was poor and didn’t understand as to why they (Highland Council) had carried out half a job. ‘They might as well as left it as it was, the potholes and the surface weren’t that bad’. The same resident complained that tar from the work had stuck to her shoe and she’d accidently walked it into her carpets

The roads that have been resurfaced are parts of Firth Place, Park St, Union St and Society St


Unhappy said...

The work just leaves an unfinished look to the fishertown which makes the adjoining older road surfaces look worse than they did before

I fail to see any logic as to why the council chose the roads that they did, and as I can't find anything on their website I assume that as has been suggested this is it for now?

You'd have thought that in these times of dwindling budgets that they would have waited till Scottish Water had finished their work and then maybe have resurfaced all of the fishertown properly

As the new surface is now a very light grey I assume that road markings will not be put back?

If this is truly how Highland Council are leaving it then they've not done the residents any favours, and walking my dog this morning I can confirm that the tar is still very sticky in places

Anyone who does suffer damage through the tar can contact the Highland Council service desk to put in a claim

Anonymous said...

This is no different to any other rural Road surfacing work done these days, it's terrible to cycle on as well for weeks after,