Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Water Joke!

They were billed as the roadworks to end all roadworks.

At the start of 2011 an army of road cones, diversion signs and heavy digging equipment marched into Central Road and for months on end unleashed their horror on the good people of Worcester Park.

This, we were told, was the new 'clever way' of doing things. 

Gone, they said, were the days of contractors digging up the road and repairing it only for another bunch of high-viz warriors to ride into town and churn up the very same section all over again. Instead, these were to be essential coordinated works - gas mains, water mains and electricity mains replacement works would all be done at the same time. 

Ladies and gentlemen [drum roll please] we give you not one, not two, but three utilities companies working together as never before. Yes, it would be horrendous. Yes, the traffic would be even more diabolical than usual. But it only had to be done once, and that then we could all live happily ever after.

We just had to bite down hard on our collective pillows as the sticking plaster of roadworks was ripped slowly from the hairy leg of Worcester Park. Then it would all be over, we could go about our daily lives unimpeded and tell heroic stories to our children, and our childrens' children, about how we came together and survived the Big Dig of 2011.

That, unfortunately, is not where the story ends.

Just weeks after the end of the massive essential coordinated roadworks comes news that Worcester Park is braced for 7 months of traffic chaos as Central Road is to be dug up yet again for replacement of water mains and connections to properties.

The works in Central Road are set to begin on 25th July, and will be ongoing until March 2012. Works will initially begin on the south side of Central Road, running from the junction with Lynwood Drive (by Barclays Bank) up to the junction with Balmoral Road (by Sainsburys Local).

Works will then take place along the other side of Central Road, running from the junction with Longfellow Road (by Halifax Bank) up to the junction with Lindsay Road (by The Vin Bin). 

The duration of the replacement works will see temporary traffic lights in Central Road which will be manually controlled during peak hours. 

There will also be temporary closures of a number of side roads at their junction with Central Road: Lynwood Drive, Longellow Road, Caldbeck Avenue, Washington Road, Brinkley Road, St Philips Avenue, Stone Place, Windsor Road and Balmoral Road. 

Let the digging commence...






68 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

axlrocky said...

may I be the first to congratulate Paul Burstow and his team for the foresight and sensible nature of these disruptions - you voted for him Worcester Park - I told you not to but you just didnt listen! enjoy people!

Jed said...

Oh FFS! You couldn't make it up... till March 2012 too! Some sort of late April Fools joke? No, thought not.

Geoff said...

I wouldn't want to be the poor sod who has to manually control the lights. It's going to be all his fault, you know.

Roads work said...

Just wait until they build the monorail

Anonymous said...

i was only thinking today they should install some sort of traffic slow down system on Lynwood drive as the speed bumps are not cutting it now days, and now my prays have been answered!

Anonymous said...

So come on then, are we taking bets on how much over run there will be past the March completion date coupled with when the next utility firm will be along to dig something else up.

More importantly, will their progress dates be monitored against programme as no doubt there is a detailed programme of works in existence and published with the council somewhere..?

So what are we as Worcester Park'ers meant to do in the meantime, no doubt clog up the back roads and get caught in the traffic commotion that this will bring.

To say I am getting a bit fed up with this is a bit of an understatement.

Can we just get Worcester Park back to how we love it please without all the roadworks...

Aaaaarrrrggggghhhhhhh....!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I have written to Sutton expressing my dismay and why weren't these road disruptions done at the same time as the other ones?

They are also shutting, Longfellow for example, but it says for periods only so how wil that affect people getting to work out of a one way street - so far I have had no reply so please everyone else write - it is terrible management and the poor shopkeepers

Anonymous said...

Paul Burstow is running a survey right now on transport - http://survey.libdems.org.uk/take/911 - think that deserves a post in itself...

Lord Cynic of Lindsay said...

The earlier co-ordinated roadworks stopped at Lynwood Drive. The forthcoming works start where the earlier works left off and continue up the hill. Would everyone rather have an old rusted main fit to burst?
On a far more positive thread, aren't the new trees on Malden Green doing well ...............anybody?
In view of the furore at the removal of the Lombardy poplars last year I am surprised that the venerated W/P Blogger, during his recent state of hibernation, has not kept us posted on the new avenue of oaks.
Lord Cynic is back!

Jeff said...

Is this on the Sutton Council website anywhere? I have been looking but can't find it. Would be really grateful for a link.

coffee man said...

Jeff,
try the Sutton & East Surrey Water website www.waterplc.com and search Worcester Park.

Anonymous said...

and......I am told that they are making Longfellow and two way road!!!!!!! They are gonig to cut the number of cars being able to park so that there are pull in spaces......can you imagine it - absolute absolute chaos - and dengerous too!!!!!!!

Do they not visit the roads and view the suitability for these plans before they put them in place - obviously not!!!

Anonymous said...

Is this a wind up? The polite responses on here are admirable but puzzling. This is just stupid!

We now have wonderful IT available to us. If a cinema chain or a theatre can ensure that millions of potential customers don't occupy the same seat, why can't companies that dig up the road not get their acts together with a national database?
I say again, this is just stupid.

Anonymous said...

aaaaaaaagh does anyone else wish they didn't work in Kingston?

Takes 10 mins to get to work when kids are off school, takes 1 hr minimum when they arent - more if there are roadworks!!

Anonymous said...

Every day you here of a burst water main some where in London. If you want you're houses flooded by a burst water main then go ahead, you would probably all complain about that too?

In my view the last batch of roadworks didn't cause any more hold ups than a normal day...

we have no choice but have the mains replaced...and live with the roadworks... after all it's not the end of the world.

I hadn't realised how many moany old people live in WP?

Anonymous said...

and talking of roads - the two dodgy cars are still parked at the end of Longfellow. I reiterate if the blue mini is not insured and MOT'd - and it CAN'T BE because it has no number plate, then it is illegal, even with an A tow bar - ILLEGAL - and this eyesore should be towed away. Why should people that do pay their car tax and insurance have to put up with this S..T!!

Hrrumph said...

You could not make it up. I detested the traffic last year, and now more of the same. Grreat

Anonymous said...

I agree with Sunday poster , do these companies not check with each other, and I also read Longfellow is goign to be two way.......I did laugh....but I am sure the residents of that poor road wil not be laughing when they put this plan in place, I don wonder sometimes about the intelligence of these copanies, or rather lack of!!!

Geoff said...

To anonymous who wished they didn't work in Kingston .... 10 minutes???? I like fast cars, just what are you driving?

What about rail? 25 minutes Worcester Park to Kingston isn't too bad, is it? And I actually think that is quicker than an ordinary car.

coffee man said...

In reply to anon 12 July.
Yes the old mains/services have to be replaced/updated. but when much publicity was made of the "co-ordinated works" earlier this year by Sutton Council ,when with Thames Water and Gas companies much work was carried out in the Green Lane area.The question to be asked is why Sutton & East Surrey Water did not carry this work in Central Road at the same time. Then the term "co-ordinated" could be justified.
Sutton Council must have known this work was in the 'pipeline' earlier this year when they were planning the paving works , why else stop at Lynwood Drive where the new works are due to commence ?
Bearing in mind that all the pavements will have to get services to the properties from the New Main !!!! Sutton must have known at the time.
During the works earlier this year many traders were reporting trade being down by about 30% . You do wonder whether Sutton Council supports the traders in WP or not by these new 'un-co-ordinated works.
No i am not a trader but a resident who cares about WP and i think we have the right to ask questions about this expected 8 month disruption and yes, even "moan about it"

Anonymous said...

I hope they change the sequence of the lights at Green Lane so they let more cars out that 4or 5 as most cars will divert round the back. No help for us that live down Green Lane and surrounding roads

Anonymous said...

I am new to this board but was recently told about it. I have been emailing the Water company with my disgust so please all write to Simon Thomson - Project Engineer with concerns
SimonT@waterplc.com

We just cannot have 8 months of taking 1 1/2 hours to get out of the road you live in as last time, and the person that had no disruption last time can't have been living off central road, or in another Worcester Park!!

Anna D said...

We're not a load of old moaners in WP and yes, we do need new water mains, but why on earth didn't this get done as pronised, with all the other works? And bet there will be something else when water mains are finished. My daughter won't drive over to visit from Sutton because she has to sit in traffic for hours. I won't sit for half an hour from The Plough trying to get to Sainsburys on a Friday evening either. Sort it out somebody.

Lord Cynic of Lindsay said...

Having a first class honours degree in The Bleeding Obvious I can thoroughly recommend to "Anna D" of The Plough the following - Drive along Church Road, turn left onto the Ewell Bypass, turn left down London Road past Nonsuch Park, and you will arrive at Sainsbury's North Cheam. I'd say 10 minutes on a Friday evening.
And to all other complainants I'd say if we don't get a new main then we can all expect some kind of primordial soup issuing from our taps as the cast iron one disintegrates.

Anonymous said...

Well said Lord Cynic of Lindsay re Sainsbury's but why not go the Epsom one it's far bigger and a better store and only 15 minutes away.
But i hate to say it you are missing the point of the water main replacement. Why on earth could not this work have been carried out at the same time as the 'co-ordinated works', earlier in the year.The course work for your degree would have highlighted this.!!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't suppose that in all this digging up of the road to put the water main in (and patching the road surface no doubt) that there are any plans to actually replace the worn out road surface?

Maybe they'll do that next April...

Anonymous said...

Not long now Worcester Parker's until our version of LA's "CARMAGEDON". Roll on Monday..... NOT...!

Lord Cynic of Lindsay said...

Because, Mr, Mrs or "Ms" Anonymous of Anonimityville, the "co-ordinated works" were for the bottom of Central Road and the new works are a different project, as I have already mentioned.
My coursework only covered shopping in Sainsbury's.

OldMoldy said...

Ever since the last lot of works we have used the Sainsburys at Cobham.... ok a little bit further away but instead of being frustrated in the traffic it's a clear drive down the A3....maybe not so much on Friday evening, but it is quite big and definitely a more pleasant experience than the Cheam or Epsom ones :)

Anonymous said...

Great. Looks like even more painful, sadistic punishment for WPark residents and people passing through. I feel sorry for the buses going through as there are no bus lanes on Central Road.

Parallel roads such as Grand Drive, Raynes Park and the Ewell by-pass are also likely to be clogged as alternative routes. Nasty.

Anonymous said...

and as expected the normal lack of coordination that seems to be something Sutton is good at has begun - bollards have been put outside driveways wher you wouldn't be allowed to park anyway!!!!

Just who do Sutton employ-I do wonder?

Anonymous said...

Bad news- just copied the following from Kingston Council Website and it gives an idea of the scale of traffic chaos facing WP- sorry it’s so long. Unfortunately it appears that these works will be followed at some stage by further gas and sewer works on Malden Road. Sutton Council must also have known all these works were in “pipeline” so not sure why they mis- sold the phase one works in January as if they were the end of roadworks. However, it sounds like these are all essential works as we don’t want a gas explosion or a sewer leak (like the recent one in New Malden).

Kingston Council is working with local partners to coordinate a range of essential improvements that need to be made to services along the A2043 (Malden/Central Road) in the next two years.
A series of essential improvements will be made to the local service infrastructure at a number of points underneath and on the surface of the strategic route during the coming months. These projects will include improvements to underground gas supplies, new water management projects and a number of localised traffic management schemes that are being planned by Sutton and Kingston Councils.

Councillor Simon James, Executive Member for Sustainable Place, said:
“We have identified that there are a series of activities by a number of different agencies that will need to be completed in the next two years that will all affect traffic on the A2043.
“The simple fact is that these works cannot be carried out without causing some level of disruption. By working together we can reduce the completion time by some months and therefore minimise the disruption to road users and local residents.”

The total duration of all these works would be approximately two years if all the works followed one after the other in the traditional way. But all the agencies involved recognise that by working together, sharing our knowledge and expertise, we can deliver the best improvements for local people in the shortest time and by causing the least disruption.

The first project will be essential works to underground gas supplies either side of the railway bridge at Worcester Park Station, between Green Lane (London Borough of Sutton) and Park Terrace (The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames). Phase One works will start in January 2011 and are expected to be completed in eight weeks.The works are part of the national Gas Mains replacement programme, replacing old iron pipes with new Polyethylene mains which will require excavation of the highway.

Other planned works for the A2043

Cast Iron Mains replacement
Who: Sutton and East Surrey Water
Where: Central Road between junctions with Green Lane and Balmoral Road.
What: Replace two mains along both sides of Central Road and the supply to each property in the area. This requires excavation of the carriageway and the temporary closure of the junction with Lynwood Drive.
When: Part of the works - between Green Lane and Lynwood Drive - are scheduled to be completed as part of Phase 1. The remainder of the scheme will be completed as soon as possible afterward, depending on the final Traffic Management decisions.

Gas Mains Replacement
Who: Southern Gas Network
Where: Malden Road from the junctions with Motspur Park and Idmiston Road.
What: The works are part of the national Gas Mains replacement programme, replacing old iron pipes with new Polyethylene mains which will require excavation of the highway and a lane closure.
When: No date set - pending the review of traffic management options.

Replacement Sewer – Flood alleviation scheme
Who: Thames Water
Where: Malden Road, Worcester Park from junctions with Park Terrace and South Lane.
What: The works would involve deep carriageway excavations, likely to occupy half the width of the carriageway, requiring some form of temporary traffic management.
When: No date set - still at design and costing stage.

Anonymous said...

Waiting for the bus earlier in Worcester Park, there was absolute chaos.

Police bikes, ambulances, gridlocked traffic, Waitrose car park closed...

Nowhere for pedestrians to cross the road south of the petshop.

I suspect more will follow.

Michael said...

Last night at 6.15pm the 213 took an hour to cover the 2 miles from New Malden to Worcester Park (yes, that's an average speed of 2mph in 2011!); and my whole journey to Sutton which normally takes around 45mins took virtually 2 hours.

Something has to be done about this chaos. I wrote to Paul Burstow during the last set of roadworks, but with no joy. There are so many authorities involved, but somehow someone needs to accept responsibility that the disruption this causes to the lives of so many is excessive and has crossed the line.

Temporary traffic lights & single file traffic just isn't acceptable; if one lane has to be closed, they have to find an alternate solution such as one-way peak flows only with diversions for the opposite direction. Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but something has got to be done to make live more bearable for those who don't have the option of simply driving on a different road.

Anonymous said...

Michael, if your journey is New Malden to Sutton have you thought seriously about cycling? You’ve got the new cycle routes over the A3 roundabout and once you get to WP you can get off the main road onto back roads. Fountain Roundabout is a bit hairy but all in all it’s a pretty good and safe route. I reckon you’d do it in around half an hour (maybe more Sutton bound due to hill!). I used to do the dreadful bus journey to Kingston everyday but after some reluctance I started cycling a year or so ago and it’s made such a positive difference to me. But if cycling is not for you I’d personally get off the bus at WP and walk to New Malden!

Anonymous said...

I stupidly forgot about these works starting yesterday and came home at 12:30pm from Kingston to find gridlock! Even Green Lane was backed up to Pembury Avenue. At lunchtime! Dread to think what it was like in the morning.

Since the last lot of roadworks I've been going via Motspur Park out to the A3, just hope everyone else doesn't have the same idea!! Dreading September when the schools go back.

It's the businesses I feel sorry for, what with the roadworks in Cheam village at the same time, our local economy is really going to suffer.

Anonymous said...

I’m actually glad that they’re replacing the water mains as I’ve noticed there’s a really odd after taste to the water since I moved to WP (a slight earthy taste) which may be due to the old pipes. Has anyone else noticed this? If not maybe it’s just the sections nearer my house.

As a general point, our aging infrastructure does need replacing from time to time- yes it is disruptive at the time but from a long term perspective these things last a long time once in place. I think we’ve all come to take our water and energy supplies too much for granted without thinking about what is required to provide them and perhaps we should be a bit more grateful that our biggest problem is a traffic jam rather than having no safe water supply like a lot of unfortunate people in the world.

Anonymous said...

Saw all of two guys working there today, and then they wonder why it will take so long...If this were in Japan or the US they would have it all done in a couple of weeks with an army of workers.

We are being punished for our apathy and passivity in this country. Welcome to Fourth World Britain.

Old Moldy said...

Anonymous - absolutely agree with you. I know in the US they have guys on the job pretty much 24/7. WP sucks right now. I'm going to email Paul Burstow :(

Anonymous said...

If this was any other country this work would be carried out overnight.
it wouldn't surprise me if the business's in WP didnt club together and jointly sue the water company for 'loss of earnings'

axlrocky said...

You'll get no change out of Burstow Old Moldy, he's too busy playing at his five years of big boy politics in the sham co-alition in Westminister, if he cared or had any balls, him and Davey would address the WP mob on this site - they both read it, and were happy to comment in an election year - now they are unsurprisingly quiet on anything raised. Ed, Paul - care to prove me wrong?

Anonymous said...

Walked past there again today, just two lads working there. Pathetic.

Really there should be some sort of pressure placed on the water board to put more workers in and get this thing finished quickly, 24-7 if necessary. Burstow and Sutton Council should be on top of it, and on top of the contractors.
It is an absolute sham that they've been given until next March to finish it. Should have been September or else face a big fine.

Old Moldy said...

Axlrocky - think you may be right. The email I received said that unless i included an address in any email or letter then I wouldn't get a reply. I don't see why I should have to.

axlrocky said...

You shouldn't have to - they don't want to speak to you because you may have some difficult questions which they don't have the balls to answer, also if they have your address they can probably find some way to blame another party for having a local councilor there. Maybe JJ Hunter can kick Burstow to life on the matter, I may not agree with his politics but he did care about Worcester Park. JJ - any reason why Burstow wont answer Old Moldy?

Anonymous said...

All those suggesting that the water company should put an army of overnight workers on the job are dreaming. That would cost them a fortune and eat into profits and we all know that maximum profit is the top priority today in rip off Britain! Writing to the Council and MP is a waste of time- they are virtually powerless to do anything as almost all control over these companies was surrendered during privatisation and the regulators are pathetically weak. The NHS will be next to put profit before people. Interestingly Paul Burstow is actually in an excellent position to do something about this before it’s too late but I won’t hold my breath as the tax funded health market is far too lucrative for some vested interests to give up. In terms of a protest, as I don’t think you can switch water companies, maybe a show of consumer power through a mass refusal to pay the next water bill??

Gordo's Neighbour said...

You can't have overnight workers because there are people living close to Central Road (I'd be upset if the drills were going on 24/7 outside my front door). And what can your local MP do apart from complaining on your behalf? This is an issue for the local council and the water company, not one for parliament or cabinet!!!!

Don't get me wrong - I'm as p*ssed off as anyone and I do think more effort can be put in to speed the works up and coordinate the lights.

Anonymous said...

Its a question of getting the work done very quickly over a short period of time (night time working)or seeing Worcester Park ,wither and die as a shopping centre over the next 8 Months.
The residents living over the shops would then have something to moan about.
There's no getting away from the fact that the work has to be done ,and done quickly with some intelligent thought by those involved with the task. And leave the 'post mortem' as to why this work wasn't carried out earlier in the year with the rest of the 'co-ordinated works' to when these current works have been completed.

Anonymous said...

So the local 'Liberal' candidate from the Nonsuch ward was assisting doing the rounds in Buckland Way this afternoon just as the Wife caught her to give her a few 'words of encouragement' about the roadworks and the pain in the backside it is causing. Whilst said candidate wasn't expecting such a conversation with the missus, she left her feeling as though she got her point across. Names and contact details were passed to the Liberal candidate so no doubt we will be receiving communications with Lord Berstow himself at some point in the future.

All I know is that whilst I was out trying to get home, I missed the fun of the wife having her point heard as I was stuck down by the station trying to drive up the high street. After careful timing, if you are fortunate to be at the front of the que trying to get through the melle, you will be stationary for circa 2 minutes before the lights change back to the direction you are travelling in.
Does anyone know who I put my expense claim into for additional petrol / diesel that I am using due to stopping for the lights lol.

Roll on March 2012.....

Anonymous said...

Having done some research on the internet it appears that neither Sutton nor Kingston councils have yet to sign up to the new Roadworks Permit Scheme (correct me if I'm wrong anybody).

Anyhow, this new scheme enables councils to tightly monitor, reject and fine utility companies doing roadworks ineffectively, too slowly or late.

If Sutton hasn't signed up it goes a long way to explain why the water company is riding roughshod over Worcester Park and doing what they want, when they want, and for how long they want, without being properly controlled.

Eg, In Enfield the scheme recently allowed for Thames Water to be fined heavily for disruptive roadworks.
So questions need to be asked as to why Sutton nor Kingston boroughs have yet to sign up for this scheme....., and why they're not enforcing it?

Geoff said...

Well, if they sign up for it, they will get fined. They're not stupid.

Anonymous said...

Was down there again today and there were no workers down there.... not one, zero, zilch. Probably too nice a day for them to work or something....??

This is getting better, at this rate it will be March 2013 before they clear-off.

Anonymous said...

According to her website Jennifer Campbell-Klomps (Lib Dem Councillor for Worcester Park) lives in The Hamptons so I am assuming that she will be stuck in the queues up Green Lane due to the road works, prehaps she might mention this to her boss.

Anonymous said...

Visit the plumbing shop - Coles in the high street. They have contacted the waterboard and have a copy of their letters in the window. If enough people complain and have the evidence, surely they must act. We noticed last week there was only two people working.

axlrocky said...

Good point gordos neighbour, it is of course not lord burrow of liberal domain directly but as the no representing the area I would welcome some comment from him. Which in turn may stimulate a detonate from his brains trust team of liberal and Tory halfwits at the council

PeoplesFrontofBucklandWay said...

Just driven through the high street this morning and can confirm there are a total of TWO engineers working. Come on S&ESW, why don't you "FLOOD" the site with operatives and speed this whole process up.

Anonymous said...

Geoff,

It is the councils that sign up for this permit scheme, not the utility companies themselves...

Or was your brief comment implying that Sutton Council and these utility companies are in bed together? In that sense you could be right.

DT said...

Not wishing to disparage mr WPBlog, but this site is very much of local interest.

As there is a large amount of money to be saved by East Surrey by not getting the contractors to put a large crew on it. They will ignore all complaints unless you can get those to be national and ideally get a big business that is being badly affected behind you.

Sutton Council won't be interested as it only affects one small area of their domain, they would become interested if the Torygraph or the Mail started attacking them.

Though I think that Boris Johnson is an incompetent buffon he did at least have a good idea in the leasing of roads to do roadworks, in that way the costs hit the bottom line of the utility companies and are not passed on to Local businesses, residents and commuters.

I suggest that you all write to the Sutton Guardian and Paul Burstow, though it is not his immediate remit if enough locals are concerned he can raise it in parliement.

axlrocky said...

apologies for my last post in this thread - auto correct is an interesting beast, for those who didn't understand I was inviting Lord Burstow for comment on what is going on in his area, Klomps will do, even the unelected JJ, any liberals out there at all? All had plenty to say in the election year - no doubt they are too busy, it is so evident what a great job they are doing regenerating WP - I shouldnt bother them!

Anonymous said...

Remember Japan? Remember how a whole road and bridge collapsed during the tsunami?
Remember how it was all restored to pristine condition in days? (yes, DAYS!)
There's the benchmark.

Anonymous said...

The problem with writing to Burstow is that it often takes months to get a reply and even then nothing is really done in our so-called 'democracy'.

But in this instance it is Sutton Council's failure to properly control the water company that seems to be at the heart of the matter, and why it has been allowed to take 8 months to do something that could be done in a few weeks?

The local Guardian does have a role to play in asking why the Sutton Council is allowing uncoordinated and interminable roadworks to take place, and why it isn't enforcing Boris's roadworks permit scheme?

Hopefully, someone at the Sutton Guardian will use the website as research.

Peoples Front of Buckland Way said...

As part of the last set of roadworks it would have been beneficial if pull in bus stops had been constructed as part of the kerb reconstruction works, ideally opposite Kingfish and the other side of the road where the S3 used to stop. However hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Anonymous said...

I walked down the High street today and saw the deep line of excavation running its length.
A few feet away I also saw the shadow of the excavation line from the works done a few weeks ago.
How it could not all have been done at once I do not know!

Katy Four said...

WPB, any chance of getting an actual council comment on here about why exactly these works had to happen again? Were the reasons budgetary, to do with different utilities companies using different subcontractors, incompetence (just an outside possibility)?

It would be very nice to get an answer and you are our local organ after all :-D

Chris O from N Cheam said...

I do hope for the sake of my parents who both have to commute through this bottleneck 5/6 days a week, the standard traffic light procedures will be considered and altered to allow for better flow towards the A3 in the morning and away in the afternoon. These roadworks seriously affect the wellbeing of the communinty of people that work the other side of it of whom I feel greatly sad for. I've long since left the area but still come home frequently and everytime I do so I see an ongoing decay of the road system - be it monster car/back killing speed humps to excessive signs and traffic lights. Please end this insanity

Anonymous said...

I was writing to Sutton Council.....and well didn't get ANY satisfactory replies I'm afraid. As the saying goes Sutton Council coulnd't organise a 'piss up in a brewery' - they certainly can't coordinate roadworks that's for sure!!! A dsigrace and it would be laughable if it didn't affect so many of us spending hours to get anywhere. And in fact the way the lgihts have been set up is in fact quite dangerous!

Anonymous said...

Completely off topic but there was a very large white horse roaming around Dorchester playing fields earlier tonight (No, i'm not drunk!). Was going to call the RSPCA but it has since gone. Are people allowed to graze animals on the playing fields?

Anonymous said...

Resurfaciing work on the "Kingston" section of the road is set to start in October if the Kingston Council website is to be believed! See the 2011/12 plan.

http://www.kingston.gov.uk/browse/transport_and_streets/highways/planned_highway_maintenance_programme.htm

Sue said...

A new shop is being opened in a Dorchester rd. Looks like a convenience store. Papers etc.
Might stop some of you mindless, racist boors moaning on that nothing good happens here.

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