VIDEO: Work to Huthwaite street’s road surface raises questions from residents

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Residents living on a Huthwaite street are up in arms at plans to resurface their road because they say there is nothing wrong with it as it is.

Letters were sent to householders on Strawberry Bank informing them that Nottinghamshire County Council will be carrying out surface dressing work using tar and chippings on the road.

Residents of Strawberry Bank are unhappy with the councils decision to resurface the road, which doesn't need doing, yet are planning to ignore the pavements which are in need of attention.''l-r is Barbara and Jack Walker, Mitch Simcox, Albert Hutchinson and Darren Mann.

Residents of Strawberry Bank are unhappy with the councils decision to resurface the road, which doesn't need doing, yet are planning to ignore the pavements which are in need of attention.''l-r is Barbara and Jack Walker, Mitch Simcox, Albert Hutchinson and Darren Mann.

But residents have branded this a ‘waste of public money’ because they say it is in perfectly good condition because it was resurfaced properly a few years ago.

Michel Simcox said: “They made a really nice job of it and it’s still in absolutely excellent condition because it’s not a major thoroughfare and isn’t really used by anyone other than the residents.”

The road has only a few minor cracks in its surface, while the pavement is in an awful state of repair, meaning many elderly people avoid walking on it at all.

And neighbouring street Woodland Avenue is full of pot holes but is not being touched.

Outraged residents contacted local councillor Tom Hollis about the issue who emailed the county council highways department.

He was told that ‘structural repairs’ have already been carried out on Strawberry Bank to enable the surface dressing to go ahead - but these cannot be seen anywhere.

Residents say they have been told the cost will be around £12,000.

“We think it’s a big waste of money and someone ought to have a bit of common sense, take a look at it and say we will save this £12,000 to do the kerbs,” added Michel.

Andy Warrington, the county council’s Service Director for Highways, said that surface dressing is a long established proven highway maintenance technique that must be carried out before the road gets into a bad state of repair.

He added that work on the pavements will be considered for future renewal.