Sunken drain by drop kerb.
Reported via desktop in the Road surface category anonymously at 18:57, Monday 20 November 2023
Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5234504.
The drain by the entrance to a private drive has sunk, and the tarmac around it has broken up. This results in a large step, with a sharp kerbstone for a vehicle driving from the highway across the pavement at the entrance to a private drive. Standard drop kerbs should height should be around 25mm, the sunken drain has significantly increased this.
This has been passed to the local area technician to investigate the enquiry/issue regarding a pothole/road surface.
During winter months we receive a very high number of reports regarding potholes or a poor road surface, it's easy to assume that potholes are formed due to roads being poorly maintained but that is not usually the case. There are many factors that can cause potholes, particularly during the winter months when water seeps in through cracks in the road surface, collecting underneath and when the water freezes, it expands and creates cracks in the road surface.
Our priority is always the safety of road users, so in some cases during busy periods a permanent repair is not always possible immediately. However, temporary repairs are a way to ensure the area is safe until such times as we can return to make a permanent repair.
Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 18:57, Monday 20 November 2023
Buckinghamshire Highways operates two methods for safety defect identification; proactively by Highway Inspectors who identify safety defects in line with Highways Safety Inspection Policy and reactively by Local Area Technicians following reports from the public.
Buckinghamshire Highways are responsible for the maintenance of 2,200 miles of road and 1,500 miles of footpaths in Buckinghamshire, this means we have to prioritise works based on a set criteria which includes issues which may present an immediate danger, or significant inconvenience to users of the roads/footpaths, or to the structural condition of the highway and assets contained with the highway boundary. It is regrettably the case that the limited annual funding available to Buckinghamshire Council each year is insufficient to address all defects identified. For this reason, whilst priority defects will receive a repair within appropriate timescales as dictated by the above policy, more minor defects such as the defect you have reported may not be immediately scheduled for repair.
Please be assured, we will continue to inspect all roads in line with our Highways Safety Inspection Policy.
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Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 13:32, Tuesday 21 November 2023
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