Facelift road shock

Just months after the district council completed a facelift of Long Lional in Aylesbury – the final phase of the transformational Exchange development – contractors have dug up the newly-laid stone paving (pictured) to work on underground services.

The works, of which Aylesbury Vale had no prior notice, address a variety of unrelated issues, including emergency electrical and water valve repairs, and the installation of a gas and water supply for a new business in the Hale Leys Shopping Centre.

The council is now liaising with contractors to ensure the same high-quality natural stone paving is used to reinstate this area, and that the work is completed to the previous high standard, at no cost to the taxpayer.

However, as there is a long wait for delivery of paving material, there will be a temporary reinstatement to provide a safe access for town centre visitors at this busy time of year, before permanent reinstatement is completed.

Simone Williams, the council’s New Development and Major Projects Programme Manager, said: ‘It is very disappointing that this work has been necessary so soon after completion of our work.

‘However, we are working with the service providers to ensure the reinstatements are completed using the correct materials, to the approved specification and at the service providers’ cost.’