Seven Dials dug up again weeks after 9-month revamp

The Argus: Seven Dials dug up again weeks after 9-month revamp Seven Dials dug up again weeks after 9-month revamp

The same Brighton roads are being dug up just weeks after a nine-month improvement plan was completed.

Roadworks have taken place twice near to Seven Dials in Brighton in the past week where the roads have just been re-laid following a project that cost hudnreds of thousands of pounds and caused traffic misery.

Seven Dials resident David Andrews, 35, said he had to put up with “huge” queues at the roundabout for months during the roadworks project.

“They told us it would make the roundabout safer as well as improve the look of the area so I tried to put up with the frustration.

“And now they are digging it all up again. You wonder ‘what is the point?’

“Why couldn’t they have done whatever it is they’re doing in the past nine months of road closures?”

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokeswoman said |in the most recent works, changes have been made to a kerb on a corner in Dyke Road, outside Mishon Mackay.

She said there had been reports of drivers parking illegally and restricting larger vehicles from turning safely, The spokeswoman said the kerb had been altered to deter drivers from parking in a way which was “presenting a danger to all road users”.

She added: “The work was not part of the original scheme and action was taken as soon as the hazard was reported.”

The roadworks in Buckingham Place were to remove broken paving slabs and again the work was not part of the original Seven Dials scheme.

The spokeswoman said the damaged pathway was “noted” during the recent development of the area and “moves were taken to carry out the work as soon as possible to ensure the pathway is safe”.

The spokeswoman added: “Before work can begin on improvements outside the remit of the original Seven Dials scheme, the additional changes have to be approved and funding sourced.

“It is not unusual during major works for additional measures to be identified, or requested by the public, as the scheme progresses.”

Businesses were cautiously optimistic about the new scheme when the roundabout was finally opened just before Christmas.

Emma Carey, manger at Small Batch Coffee, in Dyke Road, said: “It’s been a long time coming. Our business was definitely affected by the long duration of the roadworks.

“It seems to be running smoothly, though there are still a lot of cars honking at each other.”

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9:38am Wed 15 Jan 14

FC says...

Who makes the money from this? Mears group by any chance?
Who makes the money from this? Mears group by any chance? FC

11:23am Wed 15 Jan 14

Take it Personally says...

argus: "the roads have just been re-laid following a multi-million pound project"
-well you've always reported that it only cost £800K -so which is it?

And why is it always a council "spokes person" and never a named person? Their fat salaries are paid through our council tax -they work for us. NAME THEM, helps keep people in public office accountable and transparent.
argus: "the roads have just been re-laid following a multi-million pound project" -well you've always reported that it only cost £800K -so which is it? And why is it always a council "spokes person" and never a named person? Their fat salaries are paid through our council tax -they work for us. NAME THEM, helps keep people in public office accountable and transparent. Take it Personally

12:20pm Wed 15 Jan 14

graham_Seagull says...

Take it Personally wrote:
argus: "the roads have just been re-laid following a multi-million pound project" -well you've always reported that it only cost £800K -so which is it? And why is it always a council "spokes person" and never a named person? Their fat salaries are paid through our council tax -they work for us. NAME THEM, helps keep people in public office accountable and transparent.
fat salary? it's likely the spokesperson is on less than £30k which is hardly coining it in.

Spokepersons dont get named anymore because they become targeted by idiots via social media and the like, usually unfairly as the council policies are decided by others.
[quote][p][bold]Take it Personally[/bold] wrote: argus: "the roads have just been re-laid following a multi-million pound project" -well you've always reported that it only cost £800K -so which is it? And why is it always a council "spokes person" and never a named person? Their fat salaries are paid through our council tax -they work for us. NAME THEM, helps keep people in public office accountable and transparent.[/p][/quote]fat salary? it's likely the spokesperson is on less than £30k which is hardly coining it in. Spokepersons dont get named anymore because they become targeted by idiots via social media and the like, usually unfairly as the council policies are decided by others. graham_Seagull

1:30pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Wiggsy says...

hudnreds ?
hudnreds ? Wiggsy

2:39pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Andy R says...

So....basically....a non-story dressed up with a sensationalist, misleading headline.

Just another day at Argus Towers.......
So....basically....a non-story dressed up with a sensationalist, misleading headline. Just another day at Argus Towers....... Andy R

4:03pm Wed 15 Jan 14

tykemison says...

In fairness, I cannot see the problem here.They have identified a problem with the selfish parking, so are solving the issue.Non-story(unle
ss stuck in traffic but if you drive in Brighton that's a given.
In fairness, I cannot see the problem here.They have identified a problem with the selfish parking, so are solving the issue.Non-story(unle ss stuck in traffic but if you drive in Brighton that's a given. tykemison

4:36pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Mark63 says...

Ah the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing - modern beaureaucracy eh...
Ah the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing - modern beaureaucracy eh... Mark63

4:53pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Ambo Guy says...

Andy R wrote:
So....basically....a non-story dressed up with a sensationalist, misleading headline.

Just another day at Argus Towers.......
I know. It's a bit like reading your Socialist Resistance web page then eh?
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: So....basically....a non-story dressed up with a sensationalist, misleading headline. Just another day at Argus Towers.......[/p][/quote]I know. It's a bit like reading your Socialist Resistance web page then eh? Ambo Guy

7:23pm Wed 15 Jan 14

theleftygiraffe says...

Ambo Guy wrote:
Andy R wrote:
So....basically....a non-story dressed up with a sensationalist, misleading headline.

Just another day at Argus Towers.......
I know. It's a bit like reading your Socialist Resistance web page then eh?
Just couldn't resist taking a swing at the lefties could you?
[quote][p][bold]Ambo Guy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: So....basically....a non-story dressed up with a sensationalist, misleading headline. Just another day at Argus Towers.......[/p][/quote]I know. It's a bit like reading your Socialist Resistance web page then eh?[/p][/quote]Just couldn't resist taking a swing at the lefties could you? theleftygiraffe

10:49pm Wed 15 Jan 14

brightonpip says...

graham_Seagull wrote:
Take it Personally wrote:
argus: "the roads have just been re-laid following a multi-million pound project" -well you've always reported that it only cost £800K -so which is it? And why is it always a council "spokes person" and never a named person? Their fat salaries are paid through our council tax -they work for us. NAME THEM, helps keep people in public office accountable and transparent.
fat salary? it's likely the spokesperson is on less than £30k which is hardly coining it in.

Spokepersons dont get named anymore because they become targeted by idiots via social media and the like, usually unfairly as the council policies are decided by others.
Council spokespeople do not express their own opinions so what do they have to be held accountable for. I worked in a government press office for many years and at no time did the media expect to quote me by name as the source of any comment I made on behalf of other council officers or elected policy makers. Neither did I receive a fat salary. I assume I would not be able to track you down by searching graham seagull in Facebook or twitter. Thankfully 'spokespeople' enjoy similar anonymity.
[quote][p][bold]graham_Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Take it Personally[/bold] wrote: argus: "the roads have just been re-laid following a multi-million pound project" -well you've always reported that it only cost £800K -so which is it? And why is it always a council "spokes person" and never a named person? Their fat salaries are paid through our council tax -they work for us. NAME THEM, helps keep people in public office accountable and transparent.[/p][/quote]fat salary? it's likely the spokesperson is on less than £30k which is hardly coining it in. Spokepersons dont get named anymore because they become targeted by idiots via social media and the like, usually unfairly as the council policies are decided by others.[/p][/quote]Council spokespeople do not express their own opinions so what do they have to be held accountable for. I worked in a government press office for many years and at no time did the media expect to quote me by name as the source of any comment I made on behalf of other council officers or elected policy makers. Neither did I receive a fat salary. I assume I would not be able to track you down by searching graham seagull in Facebook or twitter. Thankfully 'spokespeople' enjoy similar anonymity. brightonpip

9:01pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Falmer Wizard says...

To leave enough space for vehicles to park outside Mishon Mackay on a tight bend in the road is unforgivable,the people concerned are supposed to be experts so taxpayers are left to pay for the error.
The extended roundabout does not leave enough room for large vehicles and buses which run over the cobbled area, how long before the Bus Company are going to insist on alterations
To leave enough space for vehicles to park outside Mishon Mackay on a tight bend in the road is unforgivable,the people concerned are supposed to be experts so taxpayers are left to pay for the error. The extended roundabout does not leave enough room for large vehicles and buses which run over the cobbled area, how long before the Bus Company are going to insist on alterations Falmer Wizard

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