Sunday, 9 February 2014

Back To Black


Early January
The bullet has been bitten; the crumbling stonework hole at the top of Central Road has been fixed. Well... not so much as fixed as filled with bitumen.

Blog readers will remember back in October the stonework starting to fail having been fixed the first time in August after failing just two months after first being laid. Since then the stonework has continued to disintegrate - See left.

Last week
Does this mean that the drive to improve Worcester Park has been abandoned in favour of quick fixes - before the project has even finished? I can only guess it was the most preferable option given that fixing it properly would have meant closing off half of Central Road in that spot for weeks for the third time in 6 months to fix a job that should have been done properly the first time.

So what then does this mean for the other sections of these 'crossings' that are now starting to fail (see photos below - all taken earlier today)? Will we see these patched up with tarmac also (although I suspect they will be ignored for a while first)? It seems like a rather sad conclusion to all this money being spent.




13 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Kevin Kemp said...

Very poor, Cheap crap labour who dont know what they are doing!!!! Just Saying! Also Managed poorly by the Council which is more the point!

Resident said...

The sad thing is that this is far from a conclusion. Using bitumen is a bit like building a wall of sand to hold back the incoming tide. In the meantime, the rest of the crossing and its twin are all collapsing at different rates.

The crossings are falling apart - it's just a question of 'WHEN?' The idea was to construct something that 'looked like' a crossing, so why didn't the Council just paint a wide stripe of paint across the road, from one side to the other? [That would have similarly 'looked like' a crossing. As opposed to going to the expense of digging deep into the road and refilling it with something dramatically weaker!]

I do hope nobody from Sutton Council is going to claim that the concept of traffic running over them was a completely unforeseen circumstance!

John Overend said...

What we all seem to forget it that someone has decided that the materials were suitable, they are drawing a salary and a pension. After the first lot of repairs have only lasted weeks I do hope the persons responsible for this shambles are only now allowed to count the paperclips in the drawer as the materials used were not fit for purpose, may I suggest that the people who designed and supervised the construction are also not fit for purpose! (still, not their money is it?)

Spud said...

Unfortunately I think this patching up work is going to be ongoing until all the areas are completely covered in black bituman!! The final cost of repeatedly fixing all this will probably eventually outdo the orginal cost of the improvement work in the first place.

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

It was stated in the recent OLF meeting that this failure ws the result of using the wrong bonding ... the bitumen is temporary and will put right soon. watch this space.

Alex said...

Oh well, it's only public money!

Perhaps Boris Johnson might like to come along and see how Sutton Council's 'A-Team' have spent our money on these toppling crossings, Cuddington Rec's path, Victoria House and the bottleneck car park? (Oh and that brilliant idea to attract a buyer to that "You Are Here" empty shop at North Cheam... which sadly remains empty, along with a growing number facing it).

Peoples Front of Buckland Way said...

Worcester Park's own sinkhole..?

Martin said...

Everything needed to do the job properly first time is explained on this brilliant paving website below, if only the council and their contractors would bother to read and study it........
http://www.pavingexpert.com/

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

Well I wouldn't be proper oppersition if I didnt ask questions and hold to account. I will write Sutton requesting a detailed explanation. I ask the blogger to publish the response. But right now I'm up to my knees in water trying to save friends and neighbors of mums (family home) in Chertsey, Surrey

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

Going by previous comments Boris has made I'm not to sure he trusts the lib dems that much on high street upgrades ....

guest D said...

Stewart, that is a far far more important task, this issue will roll on for months. I hope that your family and neighbours get to safety, having seen TV pictures of the floods it looks very bad there.

Alex said...

Well, looking at the trail of naïve duff concepts and the resulting squander of two million quid in Worcester Park/North Cheam, nobody around these parts can blame Boris for his doubt!

Still, on the plus side, we can at least sit on a back-to-front bench, with our heads hanging over the (curbless) road edge, soaking up the exhaust fumes from the gridlocked car park traffic... And then contemplate just how badly Sutton's Outer London Fund's Project Board have performed with other people's money...

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

I am in complete agreement with you.

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