Compensation for Tadley traders not our responsibility, say County Council
11 Mar 2005
"I have taken up with Hampshire County Council the financial problems that face traders in Tadley, due to the over-run of the maintenance contract on the A340. This is the reply I have received. I am consulting with Tadley Chamber of Trade to see how I can best take this forward."

This is the letter from HCC
7 March 2005

Dear Sir George

Repairs to the A340 in Tadley

In response to your letter dated 21 February 2005 (Ref DG/125), I confirm that the major maintenance scheme on the A340 through Tadley has overrun substantially. This is as a result of various issues that have arisen during the works including additional repairs to the highway drainage, difficulties relating to public utilities and repeated vandalism to the traffic management. The investigation and repair of the highway drainage was always planned within the original contract but the damage identified by the investigations has been far more extensive than originally expected. Also the public utilities vary considerably from their expected line and level which has meant that more of the excavation work has been undertaken by hand rather than by machine to avoid damage and on safety grounds. This has inevitably slowed the progress of the work.

The works involve undertaking structural repairs to the existing carriageway together with addressing underlying problems such as blocked and damaged highway drainage. In addition, improvements to footways, traffic signals, pedestrian crossing facilities & street lighting are also included within the scheme.

These essential repair works will improve the condition of this busy road which was in a poor state following many years of heavy traffic. These are substantial highway repairs that should extend the life of the road by approximately 20 years and will therefore avoid the disruption and inconvenience to the local residents and traders caused by regular patch repairs that would have been necessary had this scheme not been undertaken.

In order to minimise the disruption to traders and residents, the works have been phased so that works are completed in one section before moving onto the next. Throughout the whole of the contract there have been regular updates via posters at key positions in Tadley, letters to properties and businesses directly adjacent the works area, websites, e-mail updates to anyone that requested them and a hotline telephone number to the contractor so that any issues with access can be addressed immediately. We also provided additional temporary signs for businesses on Franklin Avenue to indicate that the businesses are open as usual whist the junction of Franklin Avenue and the A340 was closed.

The County Council as the highways authority has a legal duty to undertake such repairs. As such, compensation is not applicable. However, we have informed traders that are enquiring about compensation that they could contact Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as they may be eligible for a reduction in their business rates.

Should you require any further information regarding this scheme, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely


Stuart Reynolds
Assistant Director Design and Implementation
 
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