Following a question by Cllr Paul Baker to the Cabinet Member for Highways Cllr Vernon Smith it transpires that in the last two years alone over 750 defect charges have been raised by the County Council about the quality of pavement and road repairs following cable laying works for utility companies such as Virgin Media.

As well as the appalling quality of the work the appearance of black tarmac in many of our pavements and paved areas like The Promenade, the High Street and Cambray Place is completely unacceptable as is the timescale of 6 months for permanent repairs to be completed.

Cllr Paul Baker, County Councillor for Charlton Park and College, said

“Many people, including Cheltenham Civic Society, have rightly spoken out about the awful appearance of some parts of Cheltenham. The County Council is responsible for our pavements, but Cheltenham Borough Council tops up the funding so that these areas are paved rather than surfaced in tarmac.

“Sadly, with utility companies constantly digging up our pavements the resultant infilling with tarmac leaves a real mess, and in parts of Cheltenham the tarmac has been in place for well over 6 months.

“It really is time the County Council got a grip and properly managed and enforced these works with effective quality control, fines and the banning of companies who continue to deliver poor quality work and exceed stipulated timescales.”

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