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Rural area road repairs between Grantham and Stamford are ‘poor value for money’

A villager is concerned road repairs being carried out in the area are a waste of money.

David Green says resurfacing work in Stainby, south of Grantham, north of Stamford, should have been done to a higher standard.

He claims weeds can still be seen growing through the surface, potholes were not filled in before the work was done and the covering of chippings is already being churned up by large vehicles.

Mr Green, 68, who lives in Water lane, Stainby, said: “I don’t believe the surface will last until the winter.

“There is not a lot of traffic on the roads around here but they were built for horses and carts and can’t take the massive tractors and bin lorries we have.”

Mr Green, who works as a chocolate broker, says the repairs were badly needed, but claims they are being done piecemeal.

“Earlier this year an 80-yard stretch at Tower Hill on Water Lane was repaired and now work has been carried out in Middle Street, but not on the rest of Water Lane,” he said. “They are spending a lot but I fear they are wasting money.

“Surely while they were here with the machinary it would have been better to do the whole job. And there seems to be no quality control. Potholes do not appear to have been filled and grass is growing through where they have put down a bit of tarmac and sprinkled it with gravel. It just can’t be right.”

Kevin Brumfield, area highways manager for Lincolnshire County Council, said the road in Stainby has been repaired as part of a surface dressing programme.

He added: “This process waterproofs the road to prevent pot holes forming, and it also provides a new, skid-resistant surface. It’s a cost effective way of maintaining our roads, and can extend their lives by up to 10 years.

“As part of surface-dressing, loose chippings may be left on the road for a short time, and cars are advised to drive slowly, and adhere to a 20mph speed limit. The road will be swept several times to complete the works, and any mess on the road or pavements will be tidied up. Occasionally weeds can grow up as seeds can be left in the bitumen, also surface dressing doesn’t always eradicate all weeds, particularly in rural areas.

“We’ll be going back to inspect the road next week, to ensure that the work has been completed to the correct standard.”


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