There have been quite a few comments made by Kidsgrove residents regarding the state of the newly resurfaced roads in the Kidsgrove area.
Many Kidsgrove roads have benefited from the massive highways investment which Staffordshire County Council has undertaken over the past years. This year it has seen many Kidsgrove roads resurfaced, something that should prolong the life of the highway and ensure that the dreaded pot hole does not have chance to form.
The process that the council use is called Surface Dressing. This process involves spraying the road with some form of adhesive which then will have stone chippings applied to this surface. Once rolled this is meant to form a waterproof, hardwearing surface.
It does appear that on many of the local roads the number of loose road chippings is increasing and not decreasing as time progresses. This appears to have become more of a problem following the first cold patch that we experienced at the beginning of December. Now with the increased rainfall it appears that more chippings are being given up from the surface, leaving parts of the highway completely bare.
This has led to many Kidsgrove residents questioning how effective this whole resurfacing process is. There have been many comments suggesting that Staffordshire County Council should be asking the contractor to revisit the area and rectify what appears to be a common issue. No doubt this issue is being discussed at a council level and we will report any comment the council makes on this.