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Residents left guessing over road surfacing work

May 29, 2012 12:27 PM

Cambridgeshire County Council has been playing a guessing game with residents over when workmen will turn up to resurface their road.

The council changed the date three times leaving residents confused and at one point put up posters mistakenly advertising the work in Eltisley Avenue a month later than planned.

First residents were told workmen would be carrying out the work last Friday (May 25) but then notices went up in the street saying the surfacing work would take place on June 25.

This led to residents arranging deliveries, booking work to be done on their homes and leaving their cars standing in the street believing the resurfacing wasn't going to take place.

Realising its mistake, the council changed the signs with a new date of May 27 and residents rearranged their appointments with one resident cancelling planned building work.

But the workmen failed to appear until today (Monday, May 28) when they suddenly turned up unexpectedly to begin work.

Lib Dem Councillor, Lucy Nethsingha who represents Newnham on the county council is raising the issue with Tony Orgee, Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Community Infrastructure.

She said: "There has been so much confusion over what should have been a very simple process.

"This is a fairly quiet residential road in Newnham, but an important cycle route for people in the village. It has had dreadful potholes for two years which is dangerous for cyclists at night.

"I finally got the county council to agree to resurface the road this year, but they have completely messed up the business of telling people about when the work will be done. There is on street parking in the road so one of the major issues is getting the parked cars off the street."

Resident Anne Darvall of Eltisley Avenue had arranged for a builder to start work on her house believing the resurfacing had been delayed until June 25.

After the council changed the date to May 25 she cancelled the appointment only to discover the work wasn't going ahead.

"Does the county council roads department know what it is doing?" she asked.