LETTERSFrom Mark Blanchard, Cowes:
UNBELIEVABLE! I have personally witnessed driving from Newport to Cowes, particularly on Horsebridge Hill, the roads melting, when the car was stating a temperature of 27 degrees. It was like driving through treacle.
It would appear just the latest example of how the council/highways allows our roads to be treated. I am guessing the reason for this is down to costs somewhere and that either the material is inadequate and/or the procedures used to lay it were inappropriate.
The other answer is that contractors are not monitored or controlled properly. Before anyone claims this is just another example of cost cutting due to the current economic pressure, this has always been the same on the Island and it really is about time that it was sorted.
There is excuse after excuse from the authorities regarding Island roads and I would accept that a lot of Island roads are nothing more than glorified farm roads but you would expect something a tad better on the main roads.
More letters on this topic in the Friday, June 1, County Press.