Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Tory MP slammed as council smooths private driveway for free

Tory MP Graham Stuart has been criticised after contractors working for his local council tarmacked the private road to his luxury home for free. 

Workers employed by East Riding Council resurfaced 164 feet of a lane not run by the council in Beverley, East Yorkshire, at his wife Anne's request, despite nearby public roads and potholes in need of repair.

Residents in Beverley said they would have liked to have seen the surfacing used on potholes and pavements.

An East Riding Council spokeswoman said: 'This is a private matter between a contractor and a resident and does not concern East Riding Council.'

My comment: It is clearly not a private matter when a contractor working for the council repairing public highways diverts material from that job in order  to resurface a private road. If they had all that material to waste after fulfilling their council contract then clearly the council are paying them too much.

I would also argue that legally the contractors were trespassing because the road was private and the road owners had not given them permission to resurface it. Whilst the MP had a right of way he had no right to allow work to be done on a road which he didn't own.  

Read the full story from the source Mail on Line

UPDATE 30th JUne 2011: Council contractors to rip up tarmac laid at request of MP's wife.

WORKMEN are to rip up the tarmac they laid on the private road leading to MP Graham Stuart's home.

Families sharing the lane to Mr Stuart's luxury home in one of Beverley's most exclusive addresses say his wife Anne had "no right" to have the new surface put down.

Read the full story from the source This is Hull & East Riding

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