West Sussex County Council have been doing this for well over 20 years so I guess you must be new to the area?
They've had sarky emails from me in the past but shockingly appeared to actually pay attention to my last missive; - They were going to
totally furk up surface dress over 6 miles of the London 2 Brighton bike route in the week before the event.
Here's the transcript
Subject: London to Brighton cycle route
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 11:15:49 +0100
Dear Mr Anton
Thank you for contacting us regarding the surface dressing in Turners Hill/Ardingly. Just so that you are aware we have postponed the work planned here until after the Cycle race has taken place.
I will pass your other comments to my colleagues in the engineering team.
Turners Hill - Ardingly - Lindfield surface dressing.
Any chance that we could have a last minute outbreak of common sense re this planned work?
Notwithstanding the complete waste of time and our money that goes to Hazel & Jefferies to throw chippings all over the countryside, had it not occurred to anyone that the London to Brighton bike ride will be using this stretch of road on Sunday?
As a cyclist, 'remedial surface dressing' aka tar and chip is deeply unpleasant to cycle on and this particular stretch of road is actual in reasonable condition.
I suspect the same won't be said when 30000+ cyclists wend their way over this a few days after it's been laid.
Furthermore the cowboys, sorry contractors, make no effort to patch potholes before hand so not only do you get a very rough surface to travel on, you get the added bonus of guessing where the stone filled pot holes are.
I really hope there aren't any mishaps on Sunday.
I guess it's too late now but would it not be more cost effective to plane and relay the small sections of damaged road, in particular the Paxhill section, and pretty much all of Lindfield High St?
These sections aren't great to drive on and downright horrible on two wheels.