18th Aug, 2019

County chief says sorry after noisy contractors leave residents fuming

Ross Crawford 26th May, 2018

A LEADING county councillor has apologised after contractors working on a much needed zebra crossing in Redditch started work at 8pm on a Sunday night – and carried on until 3.30am in the morning.

Stunned residents in Downsell Road couldn’t believe their ears when the men, working for county contractors Ringway, turned up to put the finishing touches to the crossing.

That was back in April but local Councillor and Labour Leader at County Hall Robin Lunn (Lab, Redditch North) had to wait until last week’s full council meeting in Worcester before receiving apology.

This was duly forthcoming from Coun Alan Amos (Con, Bedwardine) the Cabinet member for Highways.

“I can only imagine what the local residents had to put up with – and it was all so unnecessary,” said Coun Lunn.

“On the one hand we have the good news of the crossing in Downsell Road finally coming to pass and on the other we have the contractors bizarrely turning up to finish the job at 8pm on a Sunday evening.

“Somewhere along the line they got their timings all wrong and I have asked to Cabinet member to ensure we are not left with paying the overtime bill for this turn of events, and he said he would investigate to make sure we were not.”

Campaigners have been calling for a crossing in Downsell Road for years.

Two first schools are located there, Mount Carmel and Webheath Academy, and parents have long spoken of their fears due to the volume and speed of passing traffic.

However due to the disruption caused by Ringway what should have been a day of rejoicing when the work was done turned into a one of complaints instead.

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