A SUBBIE is rowing with materials giant Tarmac after speed bumps it was laying for Ealing council in west London started cracking up.
Kent-based Bearsted Surfacing is a subcontractor for McNicholas Plc on its highways maintenance contract for the council. Bearsted bought 80 tonnes of material from Tarmac to build speed bumps on eight sites across Ealing.
Director Paul Williamson said: 'Once the material started lifting we went back to Tarmac to complain about the quality.
It refused to supply us with more material but is agreeing to give us money to buy more materials.' A Tarmac spokesman said: 'Tarmac was not involved in the resurfacing works and as such has no control over how the product is used, stored or applied.
'Tarmac stipulates that 10 mm 50 pen asphalt is not the ideal material for this purpose and that hand-laying is not recommended.'