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Complaints about resurfaced road in Cornish village

Complaints about resurfaced road in Cornish village

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:44pm 23rd August 2019.

By Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

Cornwall Council and Cormac have dismissed complaints about a road which was resurfaced, despite claims that a loose chipping smashed a woman's car window.

Works to resurface Vogue Terrace in St Day started at the end of 2018 but residents of the road say their lives have been plagued by the loose chippings and dust ever since.

Nadia Dell said she had complained to Cornwall Council and its roads contractor Cormac about the quality of the works which she says have made her life a misery.

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"I don’t like living here anymore – my car is covered in dust all the time and the dust is coming into my house.

"One of the chippings smashed the back window of my car and I am now waiting to see if the council and Cormac will cover the cost of the repairs.

"There are so many loose chippings that they have all gone into the drains and we are worried that they are blocking the drains. When it rains we could have flooding.

"It seems to me that they haven’t completed the work properly. They just seemed to have come here and left all these loose chippings".

Nadia Dell

Nadia said she wanted to give Cormac a chance to put the works right and waited until it said it would come and do more to the road before making a formal complaint.

But she said that when workers came they only swept some of the chippings and told her they thought the works were OK.

"We just want the road put right, it is dreadful and dangerous. The man from Cormac said that the road looked very good and there was no trouble with the road.

"He said that in six months’ time it would look like the best road in St Day. He just kept saying that the road looked very good. He said that given time it would be A-OK – it is not A-OK".

Nadia Dell

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Nadia's next door neighbour supported her and said he did not think the road had been finished properly.

In a statement Cornwall Council said: "Cormac carried out a surface dressing treatment on this section of road as part of Cornwall Council's 2019 maintenance programme. 

"Signs are in place advising of loose chippings and a maximum speed limit of 20mph. 

"Following all surface dressing treatments, the carriageway is swept and further sweeping carried out over a seven-day period to clear away loose material. 

"Following the final sweep we inspect and empty gullies, as required, before we reinstate lines and remove the signs.

"Following a complaint by a local resident, we inspected the section and no defects have been identified".

Cornwall Council

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