Cats Eyes Scandal

Just before the Tour De Yorkshire North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) removed cats eyes from the A169 and A171, in the Whitby area,  in preparation for road resurfacing two to three weeks later.

Cats Eyes (2)

After previous exchanges NYCC informed me a few days ago that:

“We have been in touch with our contractor, Ringway Infrastructure Services Ltd, who have looked at this issue and the concensus was that the three weeks was shorter than in many other counties”

This statement implies that some councils remove cats eyes in preparation for resurfacing a month beforehand. As this is an unacceptable health and safety risk, following a phone conversation, I have sent the email below to NYCC.

Email To NYCC

—– Original Message —–

From: Andy Strangeway

To: Area3 Whitby

Sent: Saturday, July 18, 2015 5:56 AM

Subject: Cats Eyes – FAO – Helen Watson

Dear Helen,

Following on from our discussion yesterday these are the points raised:

  1. Andrew failed to provide evidence as requested to support his statement: “Two to three weeks is common in the industry.”
  2. Andrew stated: “the consensus was that three weeks was a lot shorter than in many other Counties
  3. NYCC have a Duty of Care. Cats Eyes are an essential safety measure. They MUST only be removed for the shortest time possible. Two to three weeks is not acceptable. This MUST be risk assessed.
  4. The statement: “the consensus was that three weeks was a lot shorter than in many other Counties” states there is evidence that other counties take a lot longer.

Do the Highways Agency remove the Cats Eyes on the A1 for two to three weeks and longer?

NYCC MUST report this “evidence” to the HSE for them to investigate.

I request to be copied into all communication between NYCC and HSE on this matter.

Kindest Regards,

Andy Strangeway

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