Herts highway roadworks to come under fire from opposition councillors

Ringway in action on our roads.
Ringway in action on our roads.
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Ringway and two other contractors employed by Herts County Council are set to face the wrath of opposition councillors.

Liberal Democrats have demanded that a report on the performance of the Highways Service Term Contract be discussed at a full meeting of the council.

Ringway in action repairing potholes.

Ringway in action repairing potholes.

It is not the first time that Ringway has been criticised – earlier this year it was ordered by council chiefs to improve.

In the latest attack Lib Dems say they are concerned about a string of problems including the failure to deal with reported faults and some being marked as ‘closed’ when no action has been taken, delays to work, poor quality workmanship and the failure to correctly and quickly reinstate road markings.

Ringway says some of the issues do not come under their remit and are the responsibilty of other contractors.

Lib Dem Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst said: “While there has been some good reactive work, mainly after constant complaints and pressure, a lot of work is being missed and performance is poor.”

Conservative Councillor Terry Douris, who oversees highways, said it would be inappropriate to start a media debate ahead of the full meeting next Tuesday, but he added: “It is very easy for an opposition party to highlight where there might have been problems, but sadly they don’t always recognise the works that have gone well.”