The asphalt borough: new pavement policy 'will make the area look dreadful' (From Enfield Independent)
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Anger over Enfield Borough Council's pavement policy
Angry residents are petitioning against a new policy to replace all of the borough’s paving stones with asphalt.
The policy was agreed late last year by Enfield Borough Council as part of a £12million investment in its highways infrastructure.
The only roads not to be resurfaced are those close to the town centre or roads that were repaired just before the policy came in.
Residents in Whittington Road in the south of the borough recently had council letters posted through their front doors announcing that work would start on their streets in November.
With the help of their councillors, residents have managed to have the work postponed until summer 2014.
Patchy, uneven asphalt already covers a stretch of the pathway on Whittington Road where past utility companies have dug up the road.
The road is split halfway between Haringey and Enfield. If Enfield Borough Council insists on resurfacing its section of the pathway, the other end of the road will still have paving stones.
Dominic Miller, one resident campaigning against the removal of paving stones, worries that the asphalt is only being laid in the poorer areas of the borough.
He said: “Asphalt is ugly after utility companies have dug up sections of it and laid down uneven, mismatching patches of it.”
“It is also suspicious how a richer neighbourhood of Enfield, ie Winchmore Hill, had all of its roads repaired with new paving stones before this policy came in.
“It will make my area look dreadful and it is not about saving money as a nearby road in Haringey got all of its paving stones replaced with new ones recently, which cost the same as laying asphalt.”
Going door to door with a petition, Hannah Miller and Daniel Cowan have so far collected 61 signatures of people who are against replacing the paving stones.
They feel so strongly about wanting to keep their area looking good that they have set up an email address - firstname.lastname@example.org - and spoken to and received support MP from David Burrowes.
Dominic said: “We hope the council will see that investing in paving stones will make its whole borough look better.
“Paving stones will also last longer. Digging up and replacing individual, broken paving stones will be easier than repairing long stretches of asphalt paths after utility companies or the cold weather has caused large holes in them.”
A spokesman from the council's highways and pathways team said that the laying of asphalt was a way to economise.
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