Bath and North East Somerset essential roadworks continue
Bath and North East Somerset Council’s highways team continues to undertake what it deems to be “essential maintenance” on the area’s roads during the coronavirus lockdown.
Questions were raised after council workers have reportedly been seen doing minor general maintenance – when the entire country has been instructed to stay at home and keep a distance from others.
One resident, who wished to maintain anonymous, said: “How come during the coronavirus outbreak BANES highways are still working on our infrastructure on non-emergency work doing general maintenance – filling minor potholes which don’t even cover the depth for an insurance claim.
“Unless it’s an actual emergency repair or tidying up after a road traffic accident, the maintenance they are still carrying out is more of a low priority task and it doesn’t take government guidelines into account.”
Council contractors have also been spotted replacing paving slabs on a pedestrian area outside Bath Abbey on Monday (April 6).
The council says the work it is doing is “essential.”
Asked about the local resident’s concerns, the council referred us to the coronavirus section of its website.
It says: “Our Highways and Street Lighting teams are continuing to undertake essential maintenance to ensure that the road network remains safe for key workers and those making only essential journeys.
“They are following strict protective measures to keep themselves and others safe while doing so. Please respect social distancing guidelines and allow them to carry out their roles.
“Any severe issues on the roads or pavements can be reported online using Fix My Street and will be dealt with according to priorities.”
Original source article: https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/bath-council-roadworks-coronavirus-lockdown-4025156
Author: Elise Britten
Disclaimer: This article was not originally written by a member of the HighwaysIndustry.Com team.