Complaints fly as loose stones on Thamesdown Drive harm paintwork
DRIVERS in North Swindon have complained about damage to their cars since the resurfacing of Thamesdown Drive last week.
They say loose gravel is being flicked up and damaging the paintwork of their vehicles.
Parts of the road near Redhouse, Oakhurst and the Orbital shopping centre were worked on last week.
Since then drivers have voiced their frustrations at having to fix the paintwork, with some calling for the council to cover some of the costs.
Many have also said the quality of the road is far worse than before the work, but the council has said resurfacing was essential.
One driver, who has seen his red Ford Focus Z-tech damaged, is Russell Hale, 32, who lives in Oakhurst and needs to travel along Thamesdown Drive to get to work.
The service adviser for Dick Lovett BMW said: “I only bought my car a month ago so I know what condition it was in.
“I am very fastidious with the cleanliness of my car so I check it regularly and it has got so much worse over the last few weeks.
“It really annoys me that I work hard, purchasing the best I can afford, looking after it to the best of my ability and it gets damaged by poor maintenance of a road that didn’t seem to need it.
“I would love to hear the reasons why they felt that it needed resurfacing again instead of one of the many other roads in Swindon that have far worse decay.”
The council put in a speed restriction while the chippings were down but Russell said driving slower made no difference.
He believes the council are responsible and hopes they will contribute at least some of the cost.
“Personally I would like the council or whoever is responsible to pay for some of the damage caused, but having suffered pot hole damage on a previous car, from a road that did need resurfacing, and getting nowhere I feel like there is no point trying,” he said.
A spokesman for the council said: “Thamesdown Drive needed resurfacing to restore skid resistance and prolong the life of the surface. It will seal cracks in the surface from water which in winter can freeze, breaking the tarmac apart as it expands.
“Drivers might not have noticed that the road was deteriorating but it was, and this work will save money in the long run.
“The loose chippings have been swept away and inspected twice to make sure this has been done properly. In the period when the chippings were loose we had 20mph speed limit signs in place.
“If drivers respect that limit, and keep a sensible distance between vehicles, there shouldn’t be a problem. Unfortunately, experience shows that when chip damage occurs, it‘s generally because someone – and not necessarily the person in the damaged car - has been driving too fast.”
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