Council criticised for repainting road markings weeks before resurfacing work begins
WHITE lines in five roads have been repainted just weeks before they are due to be dug up – criticised as a waste of time and taxpayers' money.
The work to repaint the markings in Columbia Road, Cooper Road, Weelsby Road and Fairmont Road, in Grimsby, has been criticised because they are due to be resurfaced.
As reported, major roadworks are currently taking place around the town and are due to continue this year in a £2.9 million project.
Ward councillor Steve Beasant said: "The lines on the roads have been faded for years and they now decide to repaint them just before they are being completely resurfaced.
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"I understand having to do something for safety reasons but why now? It is absolutely ridiculous.
"Most of the roads are in a very poor state and it is good that they are finally being resurfaced.
"When the residents in the area see the lines disappear in a few weeks, they will think that the council has gone mad.
"It is incredible that they think they can justify wasting money in this way. We have huge pot holes in the road next to new white lines. It just does not make any sense."
A North East Lincolnshire Council spokesman said it understands the concerns raised, but has an "obligation to consider safety and this lining work was undertaken on that basis".
The Grimsby Telegraph has submitted a Freedom Of Information request to find out the cost.
Paul Deakins, of Columbia Road, said: "The lines on the road have been faded for more than two years.
"There is no doubt that the work needed doing, but they have done it in the wrong order. It seems like a total waste of money. I want to know why they have only done the white lines and not the yellow ones.
"When they resurface the road, I wonder how long it will take to paint the lines again?"
Shop owner Steve Dowse, of Fairmont Road, said: "You would expect the road to be resurfaced before the lines were painted.
"You would think at times like these, the council would want to save money.
"The lines on my road needed doing but they were not that bad that they needed doing before the road was resurfaced."
Emma Smith, of Cooper Road, said: "There are a lot of roadworks going on at present, and it is a massive inconvenience for everyone who lives and works around here.
"Parking in the surrounding streets is hard enough as it is without the council re-lining and digging up the road over and over."
Jason Longhurst, head of development at NELC, said: "Columbia Road, Cooper Road, Weelsby Road and Fairmont Road have recently been re-lined and are due to be resurfaced in the summer when we carry out surface dressing programme.
"We understand the public's concerns and we make every effort to spend funding wisely by avoiding duplication of work.
"However, we also have an obligation to consider safety and this lining work was undertaken on that basis.
"Maintenance and improvements to the borough's road network with a value of £2.9 million.
"Relative to this overall expenditure, the cost of white lining is minor and was, in any event, motivated by safety considerations.
"In order to obtain the best value for money for local council tax payers, white lining is also carried out as part of larger package of works, so it is not appropriate to put a cost to the implementation of a specific stretch of white lines.
"In this case, the white lines had deteriorated such that the additional cost of re- lining the road had to be compared with a heightened risk to road safety.
"Given this it was deemed to be more important to re-line the roads to minimise the chance of accidents occurring."
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