LETTER: Dismay at seeing road surface damaged

EDITOR - In early summer 2012 I saw Lindsey Marsh Drainage Board using a 360 digger to clear the dykes in South Somercotes but to my dismay I noticed they were using metal tracks on the road without protecting the tarmac surface.

When I worked on a quarry we had to use rubber cleats or protective mats when we traversed the highways as when ‘slewing’ the machine the tracks dig in and tear off the road surface.

When the bad weather arrives the damage caused gets worse and then taxpayers’ money has to be used to repair what could have been avoided.

We now have pot holes all over our roads but Highways seem to think that filling waterlogged pot holes will work, it doesn’t and the fresh tarmac just gets washed out into heaps around the pot holes making them even deeper.

I am sure there must be a way of getting the water out before putting the tarmac in!

I have very recently also seen, on two separate occasions, Highway vehicles, with loose tarmac on board, filling holes in farmers’ entrances to fields that would only be used by tractors, and that was along two stretches of road that were peppered with pot holes where traffic had to go! Why?

They spend thousands repairing tarmac footpaths leaving us with pot holes to drive into! And as a lorry driver I have to add on increasingly narrowing roads where the hedgerows are not being cut back, and when you have a vehicle with mirrors ten feet apart they start to catch the overhanging branches forcing us to drive further out in the road. One glass only wing mirror = around £90!

Now onto white lines. I have noticed they seem to have employed the services of Rolf Harris with lovely curved (almost semi-circular), keep left arrows that were so wrong they had to be blacked out on Barton Street and relaid again!

Why are they using our road tax money so wastefully?

Steve Ansell

North Somercotes

A spokesman for the Lindsey Marsh Drainage Board said: “The board maintains approximately 1000km of watercourses every year.

“2012, the wettest year on record for Lincolnshire, was particularly challenging but the board’s systems coped exceptionally well to protect communities from flooding.

“At the time of this incident our maintenance programme was already challenged due to a very wet spring and time was of the essence.

“We regret disrupting this small section of surface dressing on the road and the Highways Department are aware of this particular issue. We would always seek to avoid such issues arising whenever possible.”