Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Village has waited for almost six months after workers stripped the old surface from Marine Parade, then left it...
INSTOW is hoping it might get a replacement road surface this week after months of waiting.
In April, highways workers scraped off the surface of Marine Parade – much to the delight of villagers who had waited years for the road to be resurfaced.
That turned to bafflement and then frustration as the time ticked by, while the main street was left with potentially unsafe raised ironworks and protruding kerbs for weeks on end.
It was finally due to start on Monday, weather permitting. A Devon County Council spokesman said the surface had been prepared for resurfacing but after a delay in the work being commissioned, it was decided to postpone until after the summer to avoid disruption.
Local councillor Rodney Cann said he and residents had campaigned for years to see the road resurfaced, and told the Gazette: “It’s long overdue. I think their excuse about not doing it through the summer is really lame, as they have had plenty of time.
It was quite unbelievable they could just scrape it off and then leave it. At best it is bad planning, at worst it is incompetence.
“This is a prestige estuary resort and very popular, then we have the visual impact of this for six months. There were safety concerns about the protruding drain covers, but it’s also just very unsightly and unprofessional.”