A CONCERNED resident has accused Hillingdon Council of wasting tax payers' money by throwing away 'perfectly good' paving slabs used to refurbish Uxbridge High Street.
Nick Johnson, of Uxbridge, said he was told by workmen that the slabs were destined to be dumped on a landfill site.
He said: "I have been watching the work with interest and saw the workmen excavating the slabs. They said the council told them there was nowhere to store them.
"It seems like a colossal waste of tax payers' money and completely crazy to chuck away slabs that could be used elsewhere."
The ongoing work is part of improvements to the town centre, including the removal of trees and circular benches, with a long-term plan to provide shops with outdoor seating areas.
Mary Worrall, head of highways and green spaces: "Hillingdon Council worked with Transport for London to bring improvements to Uxbridge Town Centre.
"As part of this, the layout of the pedestrian area was redesigned to offer more space, and to make the town centre more attractive place to live, work and shop.
"As part of these works, damaged paving is being replaced and several trees have been replaced with new species more suitable for this area.
"The old paving slabs are being recycled and will be used as granular fill in other areas."
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