McNarry tracks down source of DRD pothole virus

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UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland and D.R.D. Committee member David McNarry MLA says :

“Now we know why the Pot-holes are the bane of the motorist’s life – they are not fixed properly ; and there’s more – in the past 3 years over 2000 (2,097) road openings were unsatisfactorily reinstated! This is an average of 700 per year; and there’s more – in the past 3 years over £¼ million (£257,000) has been charged in ‘fines’ on the contractors for failing to satisfactorily reinstate road openings – this is an average of £86,000 per year.”

“Wouldn’t you think the Department would have got their act together after three years of shoddy workmanship and made sure that a repair was a proper repair and not a never- ending saga of pot-hole repair virus?”

“This flabbergasting information begs the question which I have now asked: How many successful compensation claims have resulted from road reinstatements being a waste of time and money?”

The pot-hole sequel instalment will be reported in due course.”


Notes:

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much has been raised from fines for unsatisfactory road reinstatements, in each of the last three years. AQW 45642/11-15

Minister’s Answer

In financial year 2012/13, my Department charged utility companies over £75,000 for reinstatement defect follow-up inspections. In 2013/14, the figure was almost £87,000 and for 2014/15 over £95,000 is being charged.

In addition, the Courts imposed fines of £250 in 2013/14 and £500 in 2014/15 for offences under the Street Works (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, in relation to reinstatement of road openings. There were no fines imposed in 2012/13.

The more significant impact for those failing to meet the required standard of reinstatement is their own costs in carrying out the necessary remedial works, and the cost of follow-up inspections carried out by my Department

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the number of reinstatement inspections on road openings, in the each of the last three years; and in how many of these cases was the reinstatement work found to be unsatisfactory. AQW 45641/11-15

Minister’s Answer

Details of the number of reinstatement inspections carried out on road openings, in the each of the last three years; and instances where reinstatement work was found to be unsatisfactory are set out in the table below:

Year

Number of Inspections

carried out

Number of Reinstatements identified as unsatisfactory

2012/13

10,069

759

2013/14

10,393

704

2014/15

10,230

634

It should be noted that, in each case where a defective reinstatement was identified, a further follow-up inspection was carried out to ensure that the necessary remedial works had been completed.

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