'Defective' road surfaces to be relaid in FleetBy Stephen Lloyd
January 15, 2013
THREE roads in Fleet are to be resurfaced after highway chiefs ruled the previous repair work was sub-standard.
Hampshire County Council has told its contractor Amey to start again after declaring the recent resurfacing of Kings Road, Montrose Close and The Aloes was "defective".
Fleet county councillor Sharyn Wheale said she brought up the matter with highway chiefs after being shocked at the state of Kings Road, where work was completed early last month.
“Following a number of complaints from residents about the state of the new surface being laid on Kings Road, Montrose Close and The Aloes I called for a site inspection with Hampshire County Council officers and the contractor,” she added.
“I took loads of photographs and took them to an urgent meeting with the county council at Winchester. I told them that the standard of workmanship on all three roads was not acceptable and the county council agreed that the finished treatment does not meet the necessary specification requirements of the contract. It is defective and has therefore been rejected.”
In an open email to residents, the council said the micro asphalt thin surface was laid as part of its 2012/13 surface treatments programme and carried out by its highways team maintenance contractor, Amey.
The county council added that following a site inspection and subsequent discussions with the contractor it has decided the finished treatment did not meet the necessary specification requirements of the contract.
The email described the work as “defective”, adding: “Amey have accepted that the new surface does not meet contractual standards.
“The remedial works to rectify this will include the total removal of the surface, at the contractors expense, and an alternative surfacing material laid in its place.
“This replacement work is weather dependant and now that we are in the winter months the site will be monitored to ensure it remains in a safe and suitable condition.”
The county council said it anticipated the remedial works will be carried out this spring or summer.
It added: “In the meantime the road markings will be replaced along Kings Road.
“However, the lines associated with the new cycle way will not be installed and the cycleway signing along Kings Road will also not be installed until we resurface the carriageway in 2013.
“I must apologise for the inconvenience these defective works may have caused you.”
The cost of re-doing the work is not yet known.
A spokesman for Amey said: “The resurfacing works on Kings Road, Fleet, were undertaken by an established Amey sub-contractor. Unfortunately, it has since been agreed that the materials and finish do not meet the required specification, therefore the surface is to be replaced.”