Council vows to act after road surface in Henham breaks up just a week after repairs
PUBLISHED: 15:51 10 May 2018
Newly-resurfaced roads in Henham will be revisited by a contractor after they began to fall apart less than a week after works were completed.
Leaflets put through the doors of village residents promised a new, hard-wearing road surface which would be more cost effective in the long term, but an angry resident contacted the Reporter after the new road surface started to peel away just days after the work was completed.
Henham resident, David Gardner said: “The resurfacing of the roads, whilst very welcome, I am sure is at huge expense to the council tax payers.
“This would be acceptable if the claims made in the brochure put through the doors saying it will be more hard-wearing, last longer and therefore be more cost effective in the long term were true.
“The new surface seems to be hastily applied on top of the original road surface with the exception of filling in some pot holes prior as the only preparation.
“This contract has been awarded to the re-surfacing company and must be worth a lot of money with promises of a fantastic product and finish.
“How many roads and how much money will be paid out using this method before a huge scandal of sub-standard materials or application is revealed?
“Given that it is peeling in just a week, what on earth will it be like in six months or a year? I suspect it will be worse than before the work was carried out and likely to cost a fortune to tax payers again in the very near future.”
A spokesman for Essex County Council said: “This is a small section of a surface dressing site which was recently completed. It is possible that the binder layer had not set before it rained the next day and this may have also collected around the drain.
“We have alerted our contractor who will re-visit the site to investigate and plan remedial measures having swept the loose material off. We are grateful to the resident who took the time to bring this to our attention.”