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Temporary resurfacing of roads will continue
CONTROVERSIAL surface dressing will carry on in Worcestershire, despite the county’s roads chief admitting the policy is unpopular with people.
Back in April a £3.8 million project was launched to treat more than 350 routes with the temporary method of resurfacing.
Surface dressing is an alternative to full-scale resurfacing of potholed routes, and is meant to prolong the life of a road for eight to 10 years.
Councillor John Smith, cabinet member for highways and transport, has admitted the policy would never win over everyone.
He said: “When we started the surface dressing programme, people said, ‘What are you doing that for’ and it was hard to win everyone over. But we went ahead and did it on the basis that it’s a solution which lasts eight to 10 years. Now we’ve explained it I believe people are happier with it.
“But you can’t satisfy everyone and there will always be those who want more. It’s a balancing act and people can be critical.”
His comments were made during a meeting of the environment and economy scrutiny panel at County Hall, where concerns were made that the rainy summer is hampering the work.
Councillor Emma Moffett said: “I do worry if the wet weather we are having is causing problems.”
A report before the committee suggested only 42 per cent of people surveyed were fairly or very satisfied” with the condition of Worcestershire’s roads.
April was the wettest on record, meaning highways staff quickly fell behind on the schedule, but more than 150 roads have had surface dressing so far.
The Conservative leadership has said costs can fall by 80 per cent when staff do surface dressing instead of full-scale repairs. This also allows more roads to be improved at the same time.
When it comes to pothole repairs, 13,500 have been filled in over the last year.
The year before, the tally was 33,000, but that was a result of sub-zero temperatures for weeks on end.