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Wyre Forest District Council Leaders have expressed their disappointment and frustration that there are going to be further delays to the completion of the public realm works in Kidderminster Town Centre.

Cllr Tracey Onslow, Cabinet Member for Planning & Economic Regeneration explained:

“We were disappointed and frustrated to learn last week that the works to Exchange Street that have been carried out by a sub contractor are sub standard and are having to be re-done before the road can be re-opened to traffic. Having invested so much in these much needed improvements to the town centre it is extremely annoying that the contract has over-run by so many months and latterly that this is simply due to poor workmanship on the part of our contractors team.

We understand the disruption that this is causing to businesses in the vicinity and to the public transport and taxi services, but we remain determined that the quality of workmanship will be to the highest standards befitting our town centre.

Worcestershire County Council Highways officers have carried out a standard and routine pre-adoption inspection of the works in Exchange Street and have provided a detailed list of recommendations to improve quality and safety.  Rectification work is scheduled to re-commence during the week of 12th September and is expected to be completed by by October..

Cllr Dr Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Councillor Cabinet Member Responsible for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure said

“The County Council sets very high standards for its carriageway works and is not prepared to let contractors carrying out works get away with anything that does not meet our expectations. We have taken the bold step in this part of Kidderminster to introduce an area of shared surfacing and everything has to be carried out to our exacting standards before we are able to accept responsibility for it and that is why we want the Exchange Street works re-done”

Cllr Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said

“In partnership with Worcestershire County Council we have invested £2m in the public realm works in Kidderminster and I’m extremely irritated that it is taking so long to get them completed. This further delay is unacceptable and I shall be writing to our contractor to arrange to meet them and to let them know how disappointed we have been with the way the works have been carried out and letting them know in no uncertain terms the impact this is having on our town centre and the businesses trading in these circumstances.

Wyre Forest District Council