Residents of Linthwaite, near Huddersfield, were left confounded.
People in a Huddersfield village were delighted to see their road resurfaced – and then flabbergasted when workmen dug it up just SIX days later.
Motorist Martin Lawton took a photograph of electricity workers with Northern Powergrid tearing up newly-laid Upper Clough Road in Linthwaite, which you can see above.
He commented: “Last Tuesday this road was resurfaced from top to bottom. Today it has been dug up again. Left hand, right hand?”
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said the authority was powerless to prevent the road being excavated.
“We completed some road surface dressing on Upper Clough Road on July 16.
“On July 22 Northern Powergrid carried out immediate urgent works to repair a cable fault, which required digging in the road surface on Upper Clough Road.
“The council was unable to serve a section 58 notice to restrict utility works because the surface dressing process does not qualify for this legal protection.”
Local authorities can order utility companies to re-do a job if they are dissatisfied with the standard of work completed.
In 2016 Kirklees Council notified utility companies of the need to re-do reinstatement work on 316 occasions.
The council did not say whether the resurfacing work in Linthwaite would be reinstated.