Water firm repair in Windhill a ‘goodwill gesture’

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: ANGER: Councillors Vanda Greenwood, Susan Hinchcliffe and Alex-Ross Shaw at the site in October ANGER: Councillors Vanda Greenwood, Susan Hinchcliffe and Alex-Ross Shaw at the site in October

Three councillors are demanding an apology from Yorkshire Water saying the company “failed” people by “digging its heels in” over calls for action in Shipley.

But although the company has repaired a hole in Carr Lane, Windhill, it says the work was done as a “goodwill gesture” and is not accepting responsibility for the problems caused – instead blaming Bradford Council.

Councillors Vanda Greenwood, Susan Hinchcliffe and Alex Ross-Shaw (all Lab, Windhill and Wrose) first wrote to Yorkshire Water in October complaining about the void which appeared in the road in August.

The company investigated and said the fault was caused by a failure of one of the Council’s culverts.

The owner of the Carnegie Dental Clinic, at the junction of Carr Lane and Leeds Road, also complained of flooding at her premises, which it was thought could be linked to the cavity. The hole has now been repaired and the road was being resurfaced yesterday by Yorkshire Water staff.

Coun Greenwood said she and colleagues had been at their “wit’s end”.

Councillors were under the impression that Yorkshire Water had now accepted responsibility for the problems caused, but the company is still insisting it is not at fault.

The councillors’ initial letter to chief executive Richard Flint said the cavity caused problems for thousands of drivers, was dangerous and asked for it to be fixed.

Yesterday a spokesman for Yorkshire Water said: “This problem has been caused by a failure of one of the Council’s undergrounds culverts which, as a gesture of goodwill, Yorkshire Water has agreed to rectify on the Council’s behalf.

“A temporary reinstatement was made before Christmas, with a more permanent one being carried out this morning.

“We are aiming to do the investigation into the drain connections early in the New Year and this information will be passed on to the council.”

The councillors’ most recent letter to Mr Flint says: “We are writing to ask for an apology on behalf of the people of Windhill and Wrose for the inordinate length of time it has taken your company to resolve the problem of the hole at the bottom of Carr Lane.

“You failed to respond adequately to our pleas for action and instead dug your heels in, challenging council officers to provide absolute proof that it was your fault.”

Yorkshire Water would not comment on how it intended to respond to the demands for an apology.

Coun Hinchcliffe said: “We’ve escalated the issue to the top of the company because we just weren’t getting anywhere through Yorkshire Water’s normal processes.”

Bradford Council was unable to comment yesterday.

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7:17am Tue 31 Dec 13

Albion. says...

So whose fault was it?
So whose fault was it? Albion.

7:58am Tue 31 Dec 13

collos25 says...

This whole junction as been in total disrepair for years the council is looking for scapegoats for its own mistakes.
This whole junction as been in total disrepair for years the council is looking for scapegoats for its own mistakes. collos25

8:51am Tue 31 Dec 13

Storck says...

Wonder how long it will take the council to pay the bill that will surely land on their doorstep from Yorkshire Water. If the council are so convinced it is Yorkshire Water responsibility they should have issued the paperwork to force the work to be done or done it and billed the company. The fact that they haven't means that they are not sure either.
Wonder how long it will take the council to pay the bill that will surely land on their doorstep from Yorkshire Water. If the council are so convinced it is Yorkshire Water responsibility they should have issued the paperwork to force the work to be done or done it and billed the company. The fact that they haven't means that they are not sure either. Storck

10:42am Tue 31 Dec 13

modman61 says...

I drove round there the other day and it looks more like a bodge job rather than a proper reapir. The whole junction needs completely resurfacing. It's a joke.
I drove round there the other day and it looks more like a bodge job rather than a proper reapir. The whole junction needs completely resurfacing. It's a joke. modman61

10:52am Tue 31 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

I trust neither so I expect no honest responses.

They will both blame each other and it will be 'buried' .

Try withholding a portion of council tax and water charges, dig your heels in, see if they are a little quicker to respond. Often works when you have issues, especially with the private sector companies.
I trust neither so I expect no honest responses. They will both blame each other and it will be 'buried' . Try withholding a portion of council tax and water charges, dig your heels in, see if they are a little quicker to respond. Often works when you have issues, especially with the private sector companies. Prisoner Cell Block A

10:57am Tue 31 Dec 13

Albion. says...

modman61 wrote:
I drove round there the other day and it looks more like a bodge job rather than a proper reapir. The whole junction needs completely resurfacing. It's a joke.
They won't want to spend on it if it can be avoided, as Morrisons have pledged to pay for the junction remodelling as part of their development in the area.
[quote][p][bold]modman61[/bold] wrote: I drove round there the other day and it looks more like a bodge job rather than a proper reapir. The whole junction needs completely resurfacing. It's a joke.[/p][/quote]They won't want to spend on it if it can be avoided, as Morrisons have pledged to pay for the junction remodelling as part of their development in the area. Albion.

11:48am Tue 31 Dec 13

MontyLeMar says...

Albion. wrote:
So whose fault was it?
A good question. Instead of arguing I would suggest the council call in someone to send a camera down, identify the problem and decide whose responsibility it is. This bickering between supposedly responsible organisations is almost child-like.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: So whose fault was it?[/p][/quote]A good question. Instead of arguing I would suggest the council call in someone to send a camera down, identify the problem and decide whose responsibility it is. This bickering between supposedly responsible organisations is almost child-like. MontyLeMar

9:24pm Tue 31 Dec 13

stevion12 says...

they won't rush doing a proper job since in the morrisons planning application that area is going to turned into a roundabout so will all be re tarmaced anyways.
they won't rush doing a proper job since in the morrisons planning application that area is going to turned into a roundabout so will all be re tarmaced anyways. stevion12

9:59pm Tue 31 Dec 13

MontyLeMar says...

stevion12 wrote:
they won't rush doing a proper job since in the morrisons planning application that area is going to turned into a roundabout so will all be re tarmaced anyways.
There are a few of us who think the Morrisons development could be many years away if Schenker insist on appealing the decision. We need this hole sorting out sooner rather than later.
[quote][p][bold]stevion12[/bold] wrote: they won't rush doing a proper job since in the morrisons planning application that area is going to turned into a roundabout so will all be re tarmaced anyways.[/p][/quote]There are a few of us who think the Morrisons development could be many years away if Schenker insist on appealing the decision. We need this hole sorting out sooner rather than later. MontyLeMar

7:00am Wed 1 Jan 14

Albion. says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
stevion12 wrote:
they won't rush doing a proper job since in the morrisons planning application that area is going to turned into a roundabout so will all be re tarmaced anyways.
There are a few of us who think the Morrisons development could be many years away if Schenker insist on appealing the decision. We need this hole sorting out sooner rather than later.
Wouldn't any appeal be just about their own site though?
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevion12[/bold] wrote: they won't rush doing a proper job since in the morrisons planning application that area is going to turned into a roundabout so will all be re tarmaced anyways.[/p][/quote]There are a few of us who think the Morrisons development could be many years away if Schenker insist on appealing the decision. We need this hole sorting out sooner rather than later.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't any appeal be just about their own site though? Albion.

8:54am Wed 1 Jan 14

MontyLeMar says...

Albion. wrote:
MontyLeMar wrote:
stevion12 wrote:
they won't rush doing a proper job since in the morrisons planning application that area is going to turned into a roundabout so will all be re tarmaced anyways.
There are a few of us who think the Morrisons development could be many years away if Schenker insist on appealing the decision. We need this hole sorting out sooner rather than later.
Wouldn't any appeal be just about their own site though?
Yes I reckon so, but if they succeeded in an appeal then it would surely mean that a supermarket would be built on the Crossley Evans site which in turn would throw the Morrisons project into doubt because we won't be getting two new supermarkets built within 100 yards of each other surely? Personally I think the right decision has been made but Schenker are a big powerful German company and wont take this lying down. They'll appeal all the way IMO. Don't forget they've already given Crossley Evans notice to quit. When Crossley's future is secure then I'll start believing in the Morrisons project.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevion12[/bold] wrote: they won't rush doing a proper job since in the morrisons planning application that area is going to turned into a roundabout so will all be re tarmaced anyways.[/p][/quote]There are a few of us who think the Morrisons development could be many years away if Schenker insist on appealing the decision. We need this hole sorting out sooner rather than later.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't any appeal be just about their own site though?[/p][/quote]Yes I reckon so, but if they succeeded in an appeal then it would surely mean that a supermarket would be built on the Crossley Evans site which in turn would throw the Morrisons project into doubt because we won't be getting two new supermarkets built within 100 yards of each other surely? Personally I think the right decision has been made but Schenker are a big powerful German company and wont take this lying down. They'll appeal all the way IMO. Don't forget they've already given Crossley Evans notice to quit. When Crossley's future is secure then I'll start believing in the Morrisons project. MontyLeMar

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