THE THURROCK Councillor in charge of roads has apologised to residents for the noise caused by night-time roadworks on a major road in South Ockendon.
Last weekend, YT was inundated with complaints by residents, kept awake by road repairs in the Daiglen Drive area.
Portfolio Holder for Transport, Cllr Brian Little, said:
“Daiglen Drive is currently having 1.5m wide cycle lanes installed on both sides of the carriageway. This is not a street repair. This project aims to improve Thurrock’s cycle network. The creation of these cycle lanes has involved full width resurfacing of the carriageway and the removal of the existing central hatched area and refuge island.
“Local residents and businesses were notified by letter before works commenced. The resurfacing works were originally planned as a three night operation to take place on week commencing 16th December 2017. However, due to the Christmas embargo the works were rescheduled to Wednesday 17th January. The works were scheduled at night to ensure the safety of children walking to and from local schools, including the Ockendon Academy; to minimise disruption to traffic flows during the day; and to minimise disruption to shops and businesses at Derwent Parade Shopping Centre. Had a daytime road closure been used, the disruption would have lasted four days longer.
Our contractor was working as quickly as possible to minimise construction noise and disturbance to local residents. It is unfortunate that the strong wind on the night of 17th January coincided with road planning, the noisiest operation. The works were completed within the time scheduled. We apologise for any disturbance caused.”