Monday 2 March 2015 10.03am
Karen I wrote:
Three weeks seems a bit excessive then and I saw absolutely nothing happening in the first week.
It's the contractor shuffle. They want as many jobs as possible, ideally twice as many or so as they have the manpower to actually do simultaneously. Goes like this;
1. Over quote job timescales by a factor of 2-3.
2. Start every job bang on time - squat that highway!
3. You're now incumbent. Relax. Do a bit more of 1 and 2
4. Finish 'on time'
My guess is that the only metrics the council every measure are the easy ones - whether agreed start and end times are met. The fact they're being hoodwinked with timescales that are 50-75% over-quoted doesn't seem to bother them, nor does the attendant street clutter and pointless loss of amenity.