WILL most Kirklees roads look like this?
A reader alerted the Examiner to say it looked like road workers had simply put tarmac down the middle of this Milnsbridge street because parked cars were in the way.
He was staggered to see how Lipscomb Street in the centre of Milnsbridge had been left.
But it turns out it is a new way of resurfacing roads to save cash.
Lipscomb Street resident Allen Jenkinson, 62, said: "I’m a bit surprised to hear it’s finished. It’s obviously saving some money but it’s better than it was certainly.
"I did wonder at the time why they didn’t do the full job.
"It looks a bit penny pinching, but obviously the council has money problems like we all do."
Tina Lyall, 55, said: "I don’t see why they did part of the street and not all of it. The middle is a good job but why they’ve left it like this is rubbish. Why have they done half a job?"
Another resident of Lipscomb Street added: "Is that all we’re getting? It’s a bodge it and scarper job. I’m a bit disappointed with it."
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: "The repairs were planned this way after an inspection showed that the areas where cars were parked had only suffered light deterioration.
"The centre of the road carries vehicles and therefore this was the area in need of repair.
"It is important that we prioritise work according to need.
The area of Lipscomb Street where cars park represents around 20% of the road surface.
"If we can save 20% on each repair job we are able to work on 20% more roads across the district.’’
He added: "When the whole width of a road is programmed for repairs we ask residents in advance to park elsewhere while work is taking place.’’