Work to repair Ulverston car park potholes results in anger
Last updated at 16:49, Tuesday, 11 September 2012
HIGHLY anticipated work to repair a potholed car park has left residents and councillors angry at the quality of the job.
Ulverston town councillors say the work looks unfinished and has not done enough to address the problems at Buxton Place car park.
The badly damaged car park was closed for two days last month while contractors resurfaced it but Cllr John Clough said several residents had since complained, saying the work was sub-standard.
He said: “My questions for the district council are, ‘is it value for money?’ and ‘is it finished?’
“There are still potholes there that will only get bigger when winter sets in.”
He also said work to repaint the road markings and put up signs for the nearby Stockbridge Lane car park, which was announced as part of the job, had not been completed.
He highlighted the difference in the £6,500 spent in Ulverston compared to £340,000 of work due to take place in Kendal this month.
He said: “I am sick of being fed crumbs and being made to feel grateful when you look at the money being spent in Kendal.”
Councillor Jane Harris said: “We have done the grafting to get this done and this is just a £6,500 sticking plaster for the problem.”
The councillors complained that while some potholes have not been filled, others do not appear to have been sealed.
Cllr Clough added: “I must have had about 50 people stop me and ask if the work was finished.”
He said the problems getting the work done quickly and properly highlight the need for the town council to take control of certain services, including car parks, in Ulverston.
“There are obviously too many tiers of council,” he said. “The sooner we can get control of these things ourselves the better.” Cllr Clough met with an SLDC officer to discuss residents’ concerns on Friday. An SLDC spokeswoman said: “SLDC will be happy to engage with anyone who has any concerns regarding the work done in Buxton Place car park to see what can be done to rectify matters.
“Work on the white lines is expected to be completed by Wednesday, September 12.”
First published at 16:13, Monday, 10 September 2012
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i'm glad someone is looking into this. i was staggered by the feeble work carried out. imagine what tourists think when they park up! first impressions count. they'll think 'run down, not looked after, parking is how much??let's keep driving'