Sunday, 27 October 2013

Slow Progress


Last weekend I walked past this pavement works in Langley Avenue and thought they were probably fixing a section of pavement that the tree roots have made a trip hazard. This is what councils are supposed to do so fair enough, and I made a mental note to keep an eye on it. This weekend I had another look to find the scene looking exactly the same. Even a couple of the warning traffic cones were still on their sides. Have the council or their contractor forgotten they are supposed to be working here? Or is it normal to leave work half done for a week?

I’m pretty sure this is unrelated to the gas pipe replacement works which have had a genuine excuse for leaving work undone and have started again in earnest. I wonder when this one will warrant somebody’s attention again.

Update (5th November)

It have been over a week since I posted this and yesterday blog reader Melina sent me an update on the state of this hole in the pavement. She writes:
"I walked past this morning around 7.05am and can report that nothing has yet been done and in fact the orange barriers on the tree side had come off their blue feet and one of the barriers had in fact been blown into Langley Avenue meaning that cars would need to swerve to avoid it and likely making the S3 bus route even more hazardous with all the parked cars. 
There is nothing to indicate who is carrying out these works to report this too but assume LB Sutton?"
I believe the council does have to approve all roadworks that go on in the borough and certainly needs to be made aware of them. The orange barriers are marked as belonging to RJ Dance which I believe is one of Sutton Council's contractors. So I would think it reasonable to assume that Sutton Council bears a certain amount of responsibility.

Update (12th November)

This site has now been a derelict for over three weeks. Blog reader Catherine has kindly sent me these photos of the unloved barriers and autumn leaves now covering the site. She says:
"Just writing to share my wistful memories of bygone times when we had a continuous open path on Langley Avenue! This footpath has been closed and left unattended for weeks with half the barriers blown down."
Let's see if the next set of photos includes snow...


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