By Ian Onions, Political Editor
BRISTOL’S deputy Lord Mayor Chris Davies is giving his support to a resident in his street who is fighting the city council for compensation after becoming a victim of a “melting” road.
Councillor Davies, who has just finished his year of office as Lord Mayor, lives in Norton Road, Knowle, where plumber Antony Jefferies has been in a wrangle with the council after claiming his new carpets were ruined when the road was resurfaced with tar and chippings.
Mr Jefferies claims the council should pay him the £1,300 cost of replacing the carpets after walking sticky chippings into his home.
He is also claiming £544 for a new windscreen because a chipping was lodged behind the windscreen wiper which caused a large semi-circular scratch.
Mr Davies told the Evening Post there had been problems with the road since it had been resurfaced.
He said: “When we get warm weather and the sun comes out, the tar on the road melts.
“When the work was first done, we were walking chippings into the house, too.”
He said that after he complained to the council, workmen twice swept the road of loose chippings.
He has now asked the highways department to furnish him with a report on the issue and requested engineers to carry out a site inspection.
Mr Jefferies, 51, has been fighting the council for nearly a year and has now been told by the Local Government Ombudsman that he will investigate the complaint.
He has accused the council of “fobbing him off” after writing nearly 40 letters of complaint.
He carried out his own research and believes the problem lies with the chippings not being washed before they were laid.
He claims the chippings will not stick to the tar if they are coated with dust when they are spread on the road.
The council says they inspected the road after Mr Jefferies complained and found nothing wrong.
But they have promised to organise a meeting with him to discuss the issue.
Residents in Downend, which lies in South Gloucestershire, have mounted a petition for their road to be resurfaced after a similar problem.
The residents in Downend Park Road are fed up with walking chippings into their homes, too.
A similar process of spraying wet tar and spreading chippings was carried out last year.
But they say the problem will only be resolved by resurfacing the road again.