West Sussex County Council ‘wasted’ £141,000 on ‘unnecessary road repair’

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A COUNCIL has been criticised for spending £141,000 on a resurfacing scheme for a ‘perfectly intact’ road in Chichester.

The issue was raised during a West Sussex County Council debate on the extreme weather conditions which hit the county last month.

Cllr James Walsh said the first priority of the highways authority was to ensure better drainage of road surfaces and to get better resources for repairing the vast increase in the number of potholes.

‘Would this not be better than spending £141,000 on resurfacing Orchard Street, Chichester, felt to be rather noisy and dusty, which had a perfectly intact road surface?’ he said.

‘There are at least 20 roads in my division which are far worse than Orchard Street.’

But Tim Rooth, of the Orchard Street Residents’ Association, said residents had been waiting many years for the resurfacing works to be carried out.

He said: ‘There have been huge problems with noise and pollution on this street. We campaigned to get it resurfaced and it’s early days but we think it’s fantastic.’

Council leader Cllr Louise Goldsmith said the Orchard Street work was not about dirt and dust, but about air quality for residents.

She said: ‘The resurfacing helps to reduce noise and in turn the amount of dirt and grit. It is one of the busiest roads in Chichester, a main commuter route, and this scheme will help reduce pollution.’