Local residents were up in arms when they saw highways contractor Ringway fixing footpath faults in Youngs Rise WGC by using tarmac, instead of putting paving slabs in. When the residents complained to LibDem county and borough councillor Malcolm Cowan, he was at first told by Ringway 'they didn't have enough slabs on the lorry'.
A resident then reported to Malcolm that one of the Ringway staff had said they aimed to replace all the slabs in the road by tarmac. Malcolm complained again, and was told, as can be seen in the extract from an email below, they didn't know they were working in a Conservation Area.
"This explains a lot" Malcolm said. "Time and again we find Ringway not observing the rules laid down for the Conservation Area, such as narrower yellow lines, the right type of street light, the colour of light columns and keeping paving slabs not slapping down tarmac. Then extra cost is incurred, when they can be bothered to correct their work.
'It doesn't seem too much that they invest in a map or SatNav", Malcolm added.
Extract from email: