Chippenham couple demand action as home is shaken

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Rob and Frankie Jones’ house shakes every time a bus or lorry drives past and the stone around the first floor window has moved an inch                                              (VS261) By VICKY SCIPIO Rob and Frankie Jones’ house shakes every time a bus or lorry drives past and the stone around the first floor window has moved an inch (VS261) By VICKY SCIPIO

Householders Rob and Frankie Jones say their house is starting to break up because the main road alongside is in such need of repair.

The couple, both former town councillors, say they can feel their home in London Road, Chippenham, shaking when a bus or lorry goes past.

Mrs Jones said: “The stonework around the windows is moving out of place.”

She has lived there 20 years but said in the last three they have started to feel the house shake as bad weather has caused the road to deteriorate and break up.

Mr Jones, 50, a director of Caterfix Kitchens, said: “When a bus goes by, the computer screen moves an inch.”

They want Wiltshire Council to dig up the road, which at the moment is a patchwork of filled-in potholes.

“It is a main thoroughfare with great big heavy duty lorries. It’s pointless doing any maintenance to the house until the whole surface is repaired,” said Mrs Jones, 60.

“They did it at the top by the Three Crowns for the Olympic torch coming through, but not here. I said [back then], ‘when are you going to fix this road because my house is going to fall down’, and the council officer said it wasn’t a priority.”

They got Wiltshire Councillor Bill Douglas involved and it was put onto the Community Area Transport Group’s list of imminent jobs, to be done in last August. But then he noticed it had dropped off the list. Coun Douglas said: “I said what’s happened here? This is the A4, the main road into the town.”

Wiltshire Council says it was postponed for British Gas to do some work.

A spokesman said: “We have listened to the concerns of local people and we plan to resurface this stretch of road this coming year. It was originally planned for 2013/14, however we were made aware of utility works which would be digging up the highway and it made sense to wait until they had finished.”

The town council will write to Wiltshire Council to request the work be carried out urgently.

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10:57am Sun 20 Apr 14

Grumpy & Old says...

This is actually a much wider problem that effects everyone. It seems that all of the main roads in and around Chippenham are breaking up and no one wants in authority wants to acknowledge that.
If you report a bad pot hole on a main road, they come and do a temporary repair on that pot hole (and conveniently don't notice the ones within 5 yards). Within weeks the repairs start to breakup and the road is back to where it was. There is no point in even bothering reporting any issues with a side road as it is not a "priority".
Anyone that wants to win the next council elections should put roads at the top of their prospectus!
This is actually a much wider problem that effects everyone. It seems that all of the main roads in and around Chippenham are breaking up and no one wants in authority wants to acknowledge that. If you report a bad pot hole on a main road, they come and do a temporary repair on that pot hole (and conveniently don't notice the ones within 5 yards). Within weeks the repairs start to breakup and the road is back to where it was. There is no point in even bothering reporting any issues with a side road as it is not a "priority". Anyone that wants to win the next council elections should put roads at the top of their prospectus! Grumpy & Old
  • Score: 11

7:27pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Paul Tucker says...

The road next to the station had a few repairs done last Sunday (13th Apr). The repairs are breaking up around the edges. This is disgraceful - are the "repairers" to be recalled to fix the problem and at their own expense? I doubt it. Perhaps one of the "Senior Reporters" on the Gazette would like to find out - again, I doubt it.
The road next to the station had a few repairs done last Sunday (13th Apr). The repairs are breaking up around the edges. This is disgraceful - are the "repairers" to be recalled to fix the problem and at their own expense? I doubt it. Perhaps one of the "Senior Reporters" on the Gazette would like to find out - again, I doubt it. Paul Tucker
  • Score: 6

9:53am Mon 21 Apr 14

mhudston says...

Hang on, did not all the councillors in the last elections promise to fix Wiltshire's roads? What happened to that promise? Oh silly me, it was a promise by a political person, I should know better!

And where is our esteemed MP in all this? Oh thats right, sending out letters taking credit for the Coalition doing absolutely nothing about the high costs of fuel.

Its about time these people realised they worked for us.
Hang on, did not all the councillors in the last elections promise to fix Wiltshire's roads? What happened to that promise? Oh silly me, it was a promise by a political person, I should know better! And where is our esteemed MP in all this? Oh thats right, sending out letters taking credit for the Coalition doing absolutely nothing about the high costs of fuel. Its about time these people realised they worked for us. mhudston
  • Score: 5

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