Anger over road-marking confusion

September 25 2014

LESS than two months after road markings were painted on Redland Road as part of mayor's controversial RPZ scheme, the council eliminated them due to resurfacing work.

LESS than two months after road markings were painted on Redland Road as part of mayor's controversial RPZ scheme, the council eliminated them due to resurfacing work.
The road has now been remarked, but it has not stopped councillors questioning the logic of the council's highways department, as markings are only having to be repainted again.
Councillor Claire Hiscott, a local Redland resident and recently selected Conservative parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, says that she cannot believe the council has "squandered" taxpayers’ money in this way.
She said: “I was dismayed that the authority carried out action to implement a RPZ in the full knowledge that this will need to be repeated less than eight weeks later due to the road maintenance programme.
"At a time when every penny counts, it is frightening that officials feel free to disregard proper planning in these matters.
"Schemes such as the 20 mph roll-out and RPZs seem to have bottomless pots of money, whilst other important frontline services are starved of cash.
"How many times are there cock-ups like this that we don't know about?"
According to councillor Hiscott, she received several complaints about the quality of the resurfacing work, with holes and bumps still being left in the road, and many car users were left clueless about where they could park in the area.
The zebra crossing has also only recently been repainted - two weeks after children returned to school.
But complaints have not stopped there regarding the recent implementation of the Redland parking scheme.
Redland councillor, Fi Hance, a Liberal Democrat, said: "I know residents who paid for their permit in July, but still haven't received them. People were also having yellow lines drawn across their driveways.
"It's all been a bit of a nightmare really, and it's clear that the highways team are overrun - it's really starting to show now."

Councillor Hiscott
Councillor Hiscott pictures as Redland Road gets remarked