£1m road repair bill to fix botched jobs

Roads will have to be dug up again. Picture: Dan Phillips
Roads will have to be dug up again. Picture: Dan Phillips
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ALMOST £1 million worth of new road surfacing is set to be torn up after it began breaking up within weeks of being laid.

Up to 26 streets in the Capital face having to be resurfaced for a second time after potholes began appearing almost as soon as the contractors had left.

It’s important the company involved puts the defects right quickly and efficiently.”

Gavin Corbett

The original work was carried out at the end of last year at a cost of £928,000 as part of the council’s roads improvement programme, using a treatment known as “thin surface overlay”.

City council chiefs said the problem has been traced to material from a coating plant in Leith and supplier Cemex has agreed to pay for the repairs.

Letters are being issued to residents in the affected streets this week, informing them of the planned repair work and apologising for the inconvenience.

An official briefing note sent to councillors said: “Soon after the resurfacing programme was completed, it became apparent that the finished surface was breaking up, with small stones coming loose and causing potholes.”

It said Cemex had carried out its own inspections and found materials had been supplied from two coating plants in Leith and Peebles. The surface course from the Leith plant had deteriorated while the material from Peebles was “in excellent condition”.

Jason Rust, Conservative councillor for Colinton/Fairmilehead, said he had received several complaints about the new road surfaces.

He said: “It is extremely disappointing that repairs have started to break up so soon after they were undertaken. The council need to get it right first time and it is concerning if money is being put towards short-lived repairs which almost immediately need re-visited.”

And Gavin Corbett, Green councillor for Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart, said: “Resurfacing local residential streets is usually welcome but there’s no doubt that it’s disruptive and intensive to manage, without it having to be done all over again.

“It’s important the company involved puts the defects right quickly and efficiently. And it looks like there are also lessons to be learned.”

Transport convener Lesley Hinds said repairs would be completed as quickly as possible.

She said: “Repairing roads and pavements is a top priority in Edinburgh, and we strive to achieve high standards across the city so as a council we cannot accept work that is not up to the mark. I appreciate that this will cause inconvenience and would like to offer my apologies to all affected residents.”

A spokeswoman for Cemex said: “We are working with Edinburgh Roads to investigate this matter.”


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