Uley road dug up 12 days after resurfacing
RESIDENTS in Uley have been left fuming after the "beautiful" main road through the village, which was only resurfaced two weeks ago, was dug up by a utility company this week.
The Gazette reported last week of the villagers’ joy at the standard of work carried out to restore Uley Road, previously described as "the worst road in Gloucestershire", which was completed on Thursday, August 8.
But only 12 days later, Severn Trent dug up a wide section of the street in the middle of the village after applying to Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) to install a new water mains for the house opposite.
As part of the two days of work, which began on Tuesday, August 20, the road was excavated and temporary metal sheets placed over the hole to allow traffic to pass, via two-way traffic lights.
The immediate area was littered with loose stones and marks from the works and the road, previously jet black in colour, was stained from the dust.
County councillor for Dursley, Cllr Steve Lydon, told the Gazette he was demanding a meeting with Severn Trent.
"The joke is if they had talked to the council they could have done this before the resurfacing. They have not been working with the county council," he said.
"It’s a right mess, it will never be as good as it was."
Retired secretary Janet Dacey, 63, who lives on The Orchard in Uley, said she was astounded that the two sets of works had not been co-ordinated.
"People are absolutely seething," she said.
"We have been waiting so long for our road to be repaired only for it to be dug up again."
Volunteer at Uley Community Stores Sue Rushton, who lives on Green Close, was equally frustrated.
"My husband went to the store and when he got back home he was beside himself. He said what is the point of having a beautiful new road, which they took such care to do only to dig it up again. We’re really disappointed," she said.
Cabinet member for highways and flood at GCC, Cllr Vernon Smith, said he was disappointed and frustrated with Severn Trent.
"We work really hard to work together with utility companies, but if they don’t tell us what’s happening we’ve got no power to control them," he said.
"We can’t stop them doing it – but we will be watching very carefully to make sure they put the road back as it should be afterwards. If we find any fault we will ensure Severn Trent fixes it at no cost to taxpayers."
A Severn Trent spokeswoman said: "We'd like to apologise to the local community for any inconvenience caused. We are carrying out work to repair a damaged sewer pipe, we're working as quickly as possible and we'd like to thank residents for their patience."
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