Residents claim repairs to busy Stamford road are dangerous

Road resurfacing in Barnack Road, Stamford.'Photo:  MSMP250613-020ow
Road resurfacing in Barnack Road, Stamford.'Photo: MSMP250613-020ow
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A council has come under fire for its road surface repairs which a resident claims are dangerously inadequate.

Lincolnshire County Council first resurfaced Barnack Road in Stamford last October with a layer of tar and chippings but the cold weather meant it didn’t set properly.

Residents have complained that the surface was dangerous and that loose chippings were being flicked up from the road.

A highways team returned to re-do the work this week.

But Richard Stoddart, who lives on Barnack Road, fears the busy road will still be dangerous because the council has used the same method of surfacing as it did last year.

He said: “When the road was repaired last year the tarmac never set and the chippings came loose causing tiny lumps of tar to be flicked up from the road.

“The traffic has caused two big channels, which combined with the potholes has been an absolute nightmare for the last six months.”

The tar was so soft that Mr Stoddart managed to stick a fork into one of the patches a few weeks after the surface had been laid.

He said: “Our concern is that the new chippings will just come loose again. It’s unclear whether the repairs will be satisfactory for such a busy road, which has a lot of Cummins traffic and cyclists travelling along it each day.”

A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council explained that the tar and chippings method of resurfacing roads is the most cost effective and that if it sets properly, it should extend the life of a road by up to 10 years.

The council says the problems with Barnack Road were caused by unexpected low temperatures.

Area highways manager, Kevin Brumfield, said: “Unfortunately the cold weather that we experienced last year meant that the chips did not bed in to the road properly.

“We have now returned to the site so that we can rectify the problem.”

The resurfacing work was completed on Tuesday.

Highways teams are also resurfacing roads at Uffington and Lincoln Road in Stamford.