Alastair Majury on Over 400 Inspection Failures
It has been revealed by Stirling Council that in 2018, there were over 400 cases of works carried out by utility companies failing to meet the standards required for the reinstatement of the road or pavement surface. Over half of these are classified as serious failings.
In Scotland the “New Roads and Street Works Act 1991” provides the “Specification for the Reinstatement of Openings in Roads” and states that the guarantee period in Scotland shall begin on completion of the permanent reinstatement and shall run for two years, or three years in the case of deep openings, and one year for footway reconstruction.
In the Stirling Council area Scottish Water was the worst company in 2018 with over 100 severe inspection failures with roads and paths not being repaired to the required standard and needing them to return to do the job properly.
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan councillor Alastair Majury asked for the figures, after a number of residents contacted him about the poor reinstatement of works by utility companies leaving pavements and roads in a worst condition than before the work commenced. The residents were concerned that there would be a cost to the Council. Cllr Majury was able to confirm that the utility companies, at their own cost, carry out all remedial works on failures that occur during the statutory guarantee periods.
The UK Government has recently launched a consultation to have the period that companies would be liable for the repairs they do to five years.
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury Said:
“I asked for these figures to find out how bad the problem is across the Council area. I was shocked to be told about the scale of the issue and that Council officers have to spend a lot of time chasing companies to do their job properly. At the end of the day having to come back to these poor repairs all costs money that these companies customers will no doubt end up paying.”
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.