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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Updated: Southampton's Roads Are A Disgrace!

Junction of Parkside Avenue and Brookwood Road during works
by Balfour Beatty and Southampton City Council

So many residents have told us that Southampton's roads are a disgrace.

Here is an example from Brookwood Road in Redbridge, where we expose how poorly the Council's partnership with Balfour Beatty is performing.

Residents of Brookwood Road have waited patiently for decades for their road to be sorted. We campaigned for it to happen - but the Labour-controlled Council have botched it.

This "partnership" between the Council and Balfour Beatty needs to be cancelled, because it is failing our City. Do you agree?

Tell us what you think of the roads and pavements in your area, and send us your photos.

We Independents will carry on campaigning for better roads in Southampton.

Independent Councillor for Redbridge, Andrew Pope, says:
"We have no doubt that the experience of residents of Brookwood Road and Parkside Avenue has been repeated across the City. 
Potholes are reported by residents, but Balfour Beatty tell them that they are not potholes and do not fix them! 
And THEN Balfour Beatty try to tell councillors that they are fixing "99%" of potholes, and that the partnership with the Council is working! 
This is not how residents see it. 
This is not how businesses see it. 
This is not how visitors to the City see it."
Do YOU want to see the Balfour Beatty contract cancelled?

Tell us - our contact details are here.


Updated (24th January 2016): It's now months later, and the works were apparently "completed". But residents know that the job was botched by the Council and Balfour Beatty. We have pushed for remedial works to be done.

Now we have been told that the works were due to start yesterday, 23rd January. Apprently a letter has been hand-delivered by the Council.

We have checked, and they did NOT start on time.

What a mess.

The Labour-controlled Council cannot even get that right.

Councillor Andrew Pope said:
"After agreeing with my requests to resurface Brookwood Road, the Labour-controlled Council refused to resurface Parkside Avenue. 
This was a stupid decision and since then – what a mess it’s been! 
The Labour-controlled Council and its “partner” Balfour Beatty made a real hash of the works, both to the road and to the pavements. 
And they did not bother to fix the many potholes at the junction of Brookwood and Parkside – despite our requests on your behalf. 
They need to listen to residents."
Independent campaigner Denise Wyatt said:
"Many residents contacted us, in person and by phone about how poorly the works were done, and the months over which residents were inconvenienced. 
We visited residents and discussed their concerns. 
We have pressured the Council and Balfour Beatty to fix their botched job. 
We pressured Council officers to review the works and take action. 
Our pressure has meant action. 
We expect the botched job to be rectified."
Tell us what you think of the roads and pavements in your area, and send us your photos. Our contact details are here.

We Independents will carry on campaigning for better roads in Southampton.


Independent Councillor Andrew Pope has been trying to get Brookwood Road and Parkside Avenue resurfaced for years.

Despite Andrew asking for it year after year, Labour-run Southampton City Council had not prioritised it until 2016.

That may seem good news.

But having waited for many years, many residents are extremely unhappy with the works that have been done so far, and the lack of planning of the works that remain unfinished. 

Residents have complained to the Council, and complained to Andrew and his colleague Independent campaigner Denise Wyatt.

Andrew says:
"People who have lived in Brookwood Road for decades have told us that they had never seen Brookwood Road resurfaced - and now they cannot believe how the Council and Balfour Beatty could have done such a bad job.
Other residents told us that only half of the pavement was going to be resurfaced. We've got the photographic evidence.
I have challenged officers of the Council and Balfour Beatty, to be told there was not enough money for the whole pavement to be done!
And I was told that Parkside Avenue would not be resurfaced. How can this be? Have they seen the state of it? It was done only a few years ago, but it is cracking up and the junction with Brookwood is a disgrace!
What a shambles!"  
Only half the pavement on one side of Brookwood is done - the other left

The pavement on the other side is all done - WHY THE CONTRAST?

Denise says:
"The works and the planning have been completely inadequate. 
The workers have admitted to us that they are embarrassed to be asked to do half of a pavement. Worse, they told us that it is quicker for them to do all of it!
How can the Council and Balfour Beatty conspire as "partners" to produce this utter shambles?
Are they true "partners" or in actual fact "partners in crime"?
Tell us about your nightmare roads! 

Why do you think Southampton City Council and Balfour Beatty are "partners in crime" when it comes to your roads?

1 comment:

  1. My partner actually completed this job after being called in to sort the botched work that had been done the picture of the fully done path correctly may i add is his work not all pple are inadequit and provide residents with what they deserve.. and proud this work is his as for the rest it speaks for itself