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Pavement and drive at 15 Brownswood Road, Beaconsfield HP9 2NU

Reported via desktop in the Road surface category anonymously at 12:35, Fri 24 November 2023

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5249255.

On Saturday 18th November 2023 a large 2m x 2m wide sink hole appeared on the gravel drive on the property of 15 Brownswood Road. A car was reversing on the drive at the time and the front of the car fell into the hole and got stuck. Thankfully the driver was not injured but this was a major shock and required a special service to come and remove the car. Having then inspected the pavement directly outside the property (less than 5 metres from the collapsed sink hole) we could see sink hole cracks appearing on the public pavement and can also see other sink holes outside neighbouring properties on the same road have been reported in recent time. We believe all of these sink holes are connected and that there is potentially a significant underlying issue where water is building up underground and is not draining as it should due to a potential blockage or defect in the drainage system serving the street. Should sink holes of the magnitude we've seen on our drive appear in future (either on the pavement, road or private drives) this could represent a serious safety hazard. Injury could be caused by falling into these sink holes or by them collapsing on/ putting undue pressure on underground water or gas pipes. We therefore kindly ask that a full survey of the area is conducted to assess the risk, identify the underlying problem and help address any issues to prevent further and more costly damage occurring in future. We would be happy to provide further photo evidence beyond the 3 photos we were permitted to upload here. Thank you.

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  • 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 12:35, Fri 24 November 2023

  • We have contacted the customer separately regarding this.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 10:33, Fri 15 December 2023

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