Review planned for Ashford's shared space
Consultants have started a
study to review the design and maintenance faults of Ashford
controversial shared space.
Kent County Council’s new
contractor Amey, whose contract officially starts on April 1, has
started a study to identify the causes of deterioration, damage of
materials and cleaning issues.
It follows problems with
cracked and dirty tiles on the £15.9 million scheme which
officially opened in 2008.
KCC’s district manager Lisa
Holder said: “Amey has carried out an initial site visit and will
be meeting with relevant parties in the coming weeks, including
Ashford Borough Council officers, to identify the maintenance
“This will include a further
detailed site visit with key individuals there to understand fully
their concerns to quantify and categorise the current condition of
assets on the ground, including position and extent of any problems
along the entire length of the scheme.”
The study will included a
design review to look at the materials used, a construction review
and a maintenance review.
Amey will consider defects
identified on site and identify a range of options to rectify the
historic and potential problems.
A progress report will be
provided at the next joint transportation board meeting in
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