‘Bad workmanship’ on new kerbstones

Brian Robinson of Gloucester Ave, Blackpool, has accused the council of cheap and nasty workmanship for the job they have done creating residents parking on the street.
Brian Robinson of Gloucester Ave, Blackpool, has accused the council of cheap and nasty workmanship for the job they have done creating residents parking on the street.
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TOWN hall bosses have been accused of undertaken “cheap and nasty workmanship” after a road widening scheme was branded a “tacky eyesore”.

Pensioner Brian Robinson believes the work on St Alban’s Road, off Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, has devalued properties as traditional kerb stones have been replaced with gaudy white asphalt.

On top of that, the new edging is brittle and already crumbling away and the 67-year-old has accused Blackpool Council of not getting taxpayers value for money.

Mr Robinson lives on Gloucester Road, which is the next street earmarked for the widening work to begin.

The retired precision engineer said: “This is a tatty, shoddy design and is tantamount to vandalism.

“The fact the kerb edge began to crumble just two days after it was laid shows the cheap and nasty workmanship which has been used here.

“Blackpool Council say they have no money to invest in schemes like this, but this is false economy pure and simple. This will not last and in the meantime it is a tacky looking eyesore which devalues the whole area.”

The scheme to widen the roads around Whitegate Drive was meant to allow residents to park safely outside their homes.

Motorists had been parking half on the kerb but concerns about pedestrian safety and emergency access meant action needed to be taken.

Following a public consultation by the council, the decision was made to narrow footpaths and widen the road.

But Mr Robinson said he never would have agreed to the work if he had seen the plans in advance.

He added: “Having a tight budget should not be an excuse for poor design, it should be a challenge for them to do the best they can with what they have.

“I’m not against the road widening scheme, but nobody expected it to end up like this.

“It’s frustrating because perfectly functioning pedestrian crossings on Whitegate Drive are being replaced, yet corners have been cut on the surrounding streets.

“I have seen more attractive looking graffiti than the job on these roads, questions need to be asked if money is being spent wisely.”

A Blackpool Council spokesman said: “A total of 19 roads are being altered as part of a massive residents permit parking scheme as requested by residents.

“In order to do this the council has had to take into consideration the cost and practicalities of introducing such a system.

“We have been careful to ensure the work is carried out to a high standard and have monitored this and made remedial repairs where necessary.

“We will continue to work with residents in the area.”