Barn Hill today
Wembley Matters has been covering the so-called 'pavement wars' for sometime with various community groups opposing Brent Council's replacement of paving stones by asphalt on aesthetic and environmental grounds, while others feel asphalt presents less of a tripping hazard.
Residents have been puzzled over the policy of replacing paving with asphalt as it does not seem to be applied uniformly across the borough. Indeed the redesign of Wembley High Road includes some quite expensive and painstaking paving work.
Old paving discarded
Today I saw 'three men and a wheel barrow' team installing new paving along the length of Barn Hill. Is it the steep gradient that makes paving slabs the preferred option, conservation area status, or something else?
Brent Council responded with an explanation:
Barn Hill is in a conservation area and was one of the roads we changed to reactive repairs only rather than a full re-lay.
Through reactive works we have only replaced investigation level defects like for like i.e. paving slabs. Not all cracked slabs have been replaced if they do not meet criteria. Also, we have not reconstructed the vehicle crossings or junctions with blocks or provided resin for the tree pits, as would have been done through planned footway maintenance.
In other words, basic repairs only.
As it happens Cllr Kansagra asked about the paving policy at the recent Resources and Public Realm Scrutiny;