Thank you for your letter and attached petition dated 21 May 2016. It is encouraging to hear that works to install the new block paviours have been appreciated by the local community.
With regard to the asphalt that has been laid in areas where extremely shallow utility apparatus prevented us from installing blocks, the buff coloured material used was carefully selected as a sensible compromise that addresses both the technical and aesthetic need. The texture of the material that has been laid is considered to be acceptable. A tarmac specialist was on site monitoring the material temperature throughout the laying operation and the footway has no ripples, ridges or dips that we would normally associated with a poor quality finish.
The only way that it would ever be possible to replace the asphalt with regular paviours is if the Virgin Media, SSE and the college's own cable could be lowered simultaneously. I have continued to purse this option but the response from the college is that their cables are vital to their IT network, and there is no currently legal mechanism that allows the highway authority to insist that they are lowered. Therefore, it is now very unlikely that the lowering of the services will ever be an option.
Councillor R. Humby
Executive Member for Environment & Transport