If like OnTheWight reader, Keith Wolton, you’ve been wondering why you keep seeing Island Roads repainting lines on roads that clearly need resurfacing first, we have been diggin to find out the the answer for you.
Like many others who have got in touch with OnTheWight recently, Keith was surprised to see lines being repainted on a road that quite clearly needed attention in other ways.
(Fear not, they’re not new yellow lines, but over-painting existing ones.)
“I was going for quiet run this morning, when I was amazed to see lines being renewed on a road surface of poor quality. The place in question was Seaview Duver, between Puckpool Park and Seaview.
“Given that it is only February and off season, I see no urgency to renew lines prior to road repair works, and you will see from the photos that considerable manpower was in use to complete the job!”
“Winter programme of works”
Island Roads announced last month they would be renewing lineage across the Island as part of their winter programme of works that concentrates on areas other than highway resurfacing (which is more prone to disruption during inclement weather).
However when OnTheWight got in touch with Cllr Phil Jordan (the Executive member in charge of the PFI) he was able to shed a little more light on the mystery.
Cllr Jordan explained that Island Roads were contractually required to bring all lineage across the Island up to the required level by 1st April, otherwise they’d be looking at hefty penalties.
It’s all part of their half yearly Milestones built into the PFI contract.
We’d asked whether Island Roads would be paid twice to paint the lines, before and after the resurfacing.
You can at least breath easy on this – He gave us an emphatic “No!” in response.