Garth Harkness

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Wasteful roadworks changed from the plan in Dobcross

by Garth Harkness on 24 July, 2020

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Saddleworth North, Garth Harkness has asked for clarity on why parking layouts were changed without notice on Wool Road meaning the loss of some spaces. He is also baffled at the line painting and roundabout installation only a few weeks before resurfacing.

Councillor Garth Harkness has written to the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Culture, Councillor Barbara Brownridge who is responsible for highways at Oldham Council

Saddleworth North Councillor, Garth Harkness said:

“The latest proposals came out in January and we were told that there would be no changes to the parking arrangements on the Navigation Inn side. The contractors painted lines in on 2nd  June 2020 and there  was a  gap  where the layout has changed before the lay-by. This means that about 3 or 4 car spaces have been lost on what was agreed and what has been painted.”

There was the installation and line painting in early June too.

.Councillor Garth Harkness said:

“I questioned at the time why they painted the road lines and installed a roundabout  because the road is going to be resurfaced and will need to be re painted again. The contractors had been instructed to do so and were also a little baffled too”

Councillor Garth Harkness has yet to receive a reason why and so has contacted the Cabinet Member of Highways for a response

He said

“A lot of work has gone into resident discussions and highways officers have generally listened and tried to get the best outcome.   It is important when agreements and compromises have been made through constructive discussions that they should be adhered to.”

Roadworks are have also been taking place at the Wool Road/ Dobcross New Road Roundabout. Councillor Garth Harkness highlighted that previous work was not announced at this roundabout but was pleased that this time they were.

Ends

Letter to cabinet member responsible for highways:

24th July 2020

Dear Councillor Brownridge,

Re; Highways works on Wool Road Dobcross

I am writing to express concern in relation to the implementation of the highways schemes on Wool Road Dobcross.

There has been a lot of work gone into the highways schemes in preparation for the new Saddleworth school and I am generally pleased with the general members engagement around highways and the opportunities for councillor briefings which I have of course, taken up. . I have attended several meetings around the highways proposals. Indeed prior to the 2015 application there were a series of events across a number of the where views were sought from residents and elected members. Many changes and improvements were also made following these consultations over the years. It is important when agreements and compromises have been made through constructive discussions that they should be adhered to.

In relation to Wool Road and Sugar Lane. The latest proposals came out in January and we were told that there would be no changes to the parking arrangements on the Navigation Inn side. The contractors painted lines in on 2nd  June 202 and there  was a  gap  where the layout has changed before the lay-by. This means that about 3 or 4 car spaces have been lost on what was agreed and what has been painted. I questioned at the time why they painted the road lines and installed a roundabout because the road is going to be resurfaced and will need to be re painted again. The contractors had been instructed to do so and were also a little baffled too.  I raised this issue on 2nd June but did not get a reply from the highways team when I raised this  on 2nd June. This seems a waste. so can I ask:

  • When they are re-painted can they be put back to the original specifications of parking configuration which was agreed in January.
  • Why did painting of lines and instillation of a new roundabout take place when only a few week later this would be resurfaced and would need to be re-instated.

There has been roadworks at the roundabout at the junction of Wool Road and Dobcross New Road again this week. I am pleased that this time it appeared on the roadworks bulletin, Unfortunately, this was not the case only a few weeks ago when earlier work took place. Could I ask that roadworks that are to cause major disruption only take place after this has been placed on the roadwork bulletin unless there are exceptional circumstances.

I look forward to your reply

Yours Sincerely,

Cllr Garth Harkness, Saddleworth North

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