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Christchurch road deteriorating just days after it was resurfaced
RESIDENTS of a recently resurfaced Christchurch road have been left frustrated by the rapidly disintegrating results.
For years residents of Jumpers Road in Christchurch have been calling for improvements on the road, often used as a cut through by vehicles and fire engines.
Earlier this year, 150 people signed a petition calling for urgent action, which was presented to Christchurch Council back in July.
But now, just days after the road was resurfaced, residents have been left scratching their heads over the results.
Paul Root, who lives in Jumpers Road, said: “If that’s supposed to be the finished product, it’s not great. You’d think they might be coming back, but who knows, we haven’t been told anything.
“On Friday a couple of neighbours said they had flyers put through their door saying work would be done on the road on Saturday, October 27 and there would be no parking.
“All they’ve done is put a new layer of tarmac over the old one.
“Part of the problem is there is the new development built at the back a few years ago and the big lorries destroy the road surface coming up and down here as well.
“But the surface, especially at the edges, is already deteriorating.
“I thought they would put a sealant on the surface before putting tarmac on it but that doesn’t appear to be happening.
“You can see parts of the old road through it already.
“People aren’t exactly impressed.”
Portfield ward councillor Lisle Smith, who lives in Jumpers Road, said she was in talks with the council about the road surface.
Steve Higgs, highways officer at Dorset County Council, said: “The contractor still has some work to complete on Jumpers Road and we will be inspecting the work they have carried out so far next week.
“Our agreement includes a 12-month maintenance period which means the contractor will carry out any repairs or further work on the road.”