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Delay in fixing patchy road
BUCKS County Council’s delay in completing the resurfacing of Oakridge Road has divided residents, as they will need to sit tight for at least another week before the work is finished.
Last week residents expressed their disbelief at the state of their road after council workers laid asphalt around parked cars leaving bizarre bare patches.
It is part of the programme called "We’re Working on It", by Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB).
A resident male chauffeur, who asked not to be named, said: "It is clear the job doesn’t look that good. It already looks gritty, and the way the traffic goes up and down it looks like it is going to lift very quickly."
He added: "I am no expert, but I will give until this winter for the road to be back to the way it was."
The TfB’s two-year resurfacing programme started a year ago on a £25 million budget.
"I think the council should have waited for more funds to do a better job", said the chauffeur.
Spokesman for the council, Dan Green, said it usually takes around four weeks to return to sites, such as the Oakridge Road, to finish the treatment.
He said: "It needs time to bed in, but we cannot do on a wet weather, so the rain has already set us back." And completing the work is likely to take even longer, as not only gaps left by parked cars must be filled, but yellow lines are still to be repainted.
Some residents, such as retired Sue Cook, were not pleased by some of the people who left their cars there.
However, the male chauffeur said: "The council changed the dates for resurfacing twice, so I think at the end people just thought it wasn’t going to happen."
He added Oakridge residents cannot blame outsiders for parking on the road, as some, such as teacher Rosie Archer, 29, do so on other roads. "I have chosen to park my car in another road because it’s safer", she said.
Mr Green said there has been a suggestion that some of the parked cars may have been abandoned. "If this is the case, then TfB will have to arrange for their removal", he said.
Some residents find the temporary lack of parking restrictions convenient. A retired resident said: "I hope it stays like that forever."
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