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Road repairs: Hertfordshire highways bosses must 'get their act together'
Highways bosses have been told to "get their act together" after repairs to a north Watford road have not been completed nearly two years after being flagged up.
Hertfordshire County Council was first notified that anti-skid road safety markings in Leggatts Way had degraded and needed redoing in October last year.
The councillor who raised the issue, Asif Khan, said he did so as the safety measure is on a pedestrian crossing near a children’s playground.
However over the following months he said he struggled to make any headway finding out why the work was not being completed.
The Labour representative for Leggatts became so frustrated that last month he emailed the council’s chief executive John Wood, for answers.
A highways officer later responded telling Councillor Khan the work had not been completed as it had been left off a transfer list when the council changed its roads contractor.
This week a spokesman for the county council said the work had not been done yet as it was not considered a priority.
Councillor Khan said: "It is interesting that they said they have not got it as a priority as there is a playground, a church and allotments there. There was a reason it was put in reason in the first place and that reason has not changed.
"It is an example of how Hertfordshire highways and their new contractor are dealing with road problems and it is simply unsatisfactory. They need to get their act together.
"These are priority works are a priority for the local residents.
This week, Andrew Dawson, a council spokesman, said: "In these tough economic times, we need to make the most of every penny and replacing the anti-skid surfacing on Leggatts Way is not a current priority. We regularly monitor both the condition of our roads and any injury accidents which occur and we target our programmes of work to where they will give the greatest benefits.
"Under current criteria Leggatts Way would not usually be considered for anti-skid surfacing, which is used less frequently these days because it is expensive to replace and not very durable.
"There are conventional asphalt surfaces with high skid-resistance stone which can be used instead on roads where there is not a serious accident problem, such as Leggatts Way. Our records show there have only been two injury accidents in the five years to April 2013 (our latest data) and neither involved vehicles skidding.
"We will continue to monitor the site, and it will be scheduled for routine maintenance work when the road surface needs replacing."
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