Dartmouth Road - Open for Business



I’ve been away from things for a while but walking along Dartmouth Road pavements seems to be a very sad affair considering the excitement, anticipation, effort and time that went into its renewal just a few months ago. Some thoughts, mainly negative unfortunately…

It’s filthy! Sure it’s no longer erupting down towards London Road and the bits that are ‘high quality paving’ are quite prettily laid out - beneath the grime, chewing gum and chicken shop style grease. The regular pavers have the same grubbiness without the nice design. All this further enhanced by leaking rubbish bags and the constantly fly tipped rubbish.

The road surface is very good but why do the nice slim yellow lines look like they’ve been applied like transfers with extra wide gluey margins. Just messy.

This may have been addressed before, but how are the ‘uncontrolled pedestrian courtesy crossings’ supposed to work? Cars don’t seem to know about them - they’re not raised and aren’t signposted as far as I can see so I don’t understand how they are intended to be used.

Why the concrete spheres? I didn’t see these on any of the original improvement drawings and they don’t seem consistent with the rest of the road in design terms. It looks like someone ordered them by mistake and had to find somewhere to put them.

So, does anyone know if there is a council plan to clean the pavements and to organise the bins on the pavement. It’s such a shame that some sort of a ‘bin plan’ was not built into the re-paving scheme.

Also, does anyone know if the falls to the drains were corrected after the snagging inspection to allow rainwater to properly clear from the pavements - I’m sure we’ll get rain again one day!


I totally agree.

I think a lot of those oil and grease marks were caused by the contractor’s machinery while they were on site because I’m sure I remember thinking how shabby it looked from day one.

I reckon it needs a good de-grease and jetwashing.