Residents fume over Melbourne council's unfinished job: 'Absolute shambles'
Glen Eira Council say they'll be back to finish the job – but refute a key claim by homeowners.
A Melbourne council is under fire after fuming residents accused it of a half-hearted job fixing its worn roads.
In a bid to fix potholes along a suburban street in Carnegie, Glen Eira Council informed residents of the proposed date for the work – however when discovering vehicles were still on the road at the time of commencement, it decided to simply press on and lay asphalt around the parked cars.
Residents have branded the outcome "an absolute shambles", and claim they were only given less than 24 hours notice for the work in February, a claim which council refutes.
"This was meant to have been done to avoid bumps, but we've still got the bumps, " local Dr Loy Lichtman told Nine News.
Vision of the street shows large patches of the road without the new layer of asphalt on top. Residents say they warned council that cars not belonging to residents on the street could be present and a more suitable option would be to close the street off completely in order the lay the asphalt.
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Glen Eira Council told Nine News residents were given one week's notice to prepare for the work. Council confirmed it would return to complete the work in the coming weeks and expected the road to be finished next month.
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Council Watch Victoria's Dean Hurlston accused the council of failing to plan properly, with the return visit a waste of taxpayer's money.
It comes just months after another Melbourne council faced heavy criticism for a similarly botched job. Merri-bek City Council apologised to residents for applying new asphalt around parked cars. One damning image showed asphalt laid around just one car in a semi-circle.
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