‘Slow’ council is ‘doing all it can’
An angry resident has criticised Calderdale Council for the pace at which it is undertaking work to repair Lee Wood Road in Heptonstall.
David Lack said that while he understood work had to be undertaken, he was unconvinced by council claims that their contractors Amey were working seven days a week and that extra teams had been brought in to undertake work more quickly.
But the council said it was doing all it could to fix the crumbling road and said any delays were due to over-stretched resources.
Geoff Willerton, Calderdale Council’s Head of Planning and Highways, said: “From what I understand our contractors are working seven days a week where ever possible, but they are the same people who grit the roads. So they can’t be at two places at once. We use our resources as best we can.
“Amey are putting on two extra teams as soon as the original damage to the wall is finished and we are hoping they start on that next week. Essentially, we are working as quickly as we can to repair the wall.”
The wall originally collapsed on January 10, when resurfacing works were being carried out.
When fixing the damage, it was discovered extra work totalling nearly 100 metres needed to be repaired. The work will take at least four months to complete and Amey said although its staff were already working seven days a week it would be bringing in extra teams to complete the additional work as speedily as possible.
But Mr Lack, of North Well House, Heptonstall, above the roadworks, said he had never seen anyone there from late morning on Saturday or on a Sunday, and that work for the other days seemed to be finishing around 3.30pm.
“I have never seen more than four workmen there,” he said. “Given the problems it’s causing the people of Heptonstall, they are not pulling out all the stops as they are claiming.”
Mr Lack said the amount of traffic now forced to go through the narrow, cobbled streets of Heptonstall made it difficult for residents. “I recognise the council have got problems but I don’t feel they should be putting out that all this work is going on when it clearly isn’t,” he said.
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