Cheap road re­pairs

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


At the risk of coun­cil­lor Anita Baker ac­cus­ing me of get­ting on to my hobby horse again, I no­tice the coast end of Spin­naker Dr is once again be­ing re­paired and re­sealed.

Within 12 months of the cheap and nasty coarse-chip seal be­ing laid, the sur­face on the two sharp cor­ners was stressed, stripped of chip and start­ing to break up.

PCC has fi­nally seen the light and is re­seal­ing us­ing the more durable, qui­eter, smoother, al­beit more ex­pen­sive, hot mix on the cor­ners in ques­tion.

The rest re­mains in the cheap and nasty stuff so we have a patch­work quilt to match the rest of Whitby.

The cheap road­ing ma­te­ri­als ap­plied un­der the ex­cuse of keep­ing rates down rep­re­sents false econ­omy as we are ef­fec­tively paying for the job twice in a rel­a­tively short pe­riod of time.

Surely now she and Peter Bai­ley (the coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager re­spon­si­ble) can see our point?

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