This year, Road Works have been a challenge and without doubt, the impact has been felt by our community. Steps have been taken to LIASE more with Service Suppliers and WC to reduce the clash of roadworks.
Street Light repairs have been time consuming and good progress has been made with those that have been out for months. WC policy to replace all lights with LED style is ongoing.
Our Village Roads continue to show signs of breaking up. WC have been repairing all to an agreed safe standard. This standard will not in all cases meet the expectations of residents but, it meets the WC adopted standard. I have secured the resurfacing of Meads Road on the 2019/20 schedule and am in the process of logging all the worn white markings and other roads that require works now or in the shorter term.
The adoption of Avon Fields (6 years on) has still not been completed; this is a major disappointment and must happen this year. I have escalated this to Persimmon yet again, who still have the overall responsibility for the works with a serious complaint lodged with WC
Working with Durrington Town Council continues to be very fruitful and delivers joint wins for our community. My thanks go to the Town Clerk, Chairman and all Councillors for their help this year and I look forward to future joint achievements.
Our Community continues to be a main focus for me and working with residents, for example, Addison Square, has brought major improvements to overall living standards. The completion of WC built bungalows in Charles Road and the potential to finally use the piece of land that sits on the corner of New Road and School Drive shows that perseverance pays dividends.
The Avon Valley College extension came to an abrupt stop this year because of a serious issue with the agreed contractor. A new contractor has now been agreed and all original concerns shown by the Town Council and locally affected residents will be embedded into the new contractors brief and working practices.
Larkhill issues have been a major part of this years work. The new St Michaels School was completed and opened in September 2018. Army rebasing continues to raise issues that need addressing across a wide range of agencies.
Parking continues to be a recurring theme which simply has no easy solution. If all car owners where to take full responsibility for vehicles and park sensibly then the majority of concerns would reduce.
Focus for 2019/20: I will continue to support our community and encourage anyone who has a new idea or just needs advice to call me on 01980 655268