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Significant holes at the entrance to Brookside Lane.

Reported via mobile in the Road surface category anonymously at 21:33, Sunday 11 February 2024

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5563404.

There are at least six very large holes (longer, deeper and more dangerous than conventional potholes) which make this road perilous for drivers and pedestrians, especially whenever there is any rain. This is the only entrance to all of the homes, farms, stables and other amenities on Brookside Lane that connect Little Kimble with Ellesborough. This road is a critical and popular walking route, part of the Aylesbury Ring, the only route to a popular set of stables, and a signposted public footpath which also marks the start of the AONB. Footfall will further rise over the coming weeks given this will be the primary walking route for residents of the Hayfield Homes development around 15 feet away.

The holes (circa 50cm long and 11cm deep) are at the entrance to Brookside Lane, two feet from the junction with the extremely busy Risborough Road (A4010) and electricity, water board and internet companies regularly park on the Lane as it is the location for substations and other vital utilities.

Given the road is so narrow this is especially dangerous for emergency and refuse vehicles. Cars have been stuck and walkers have been injured by the holes over recent months.

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  • The report has been passed to the Highway Officer, who will carry out an inspection of the issue within 10 working days, emergency defects will be corrected or made safe at the time of the inspection, if reasonably practicable to do so. In this context, making safe may constitute displaying warning notices, coning‐off or fencing‐off to protect the public from the defect or other suitable action. If the inspection team cannot make safe the defect at the time of inspection, then they will instigate the relevant emergency call procedures to ensure appropriate resources are mobilised to make the defect safe.

    There may also be occasions when the issue reported will not be repaired as it has been classified as a minor defect and does not pose any risk to either the safety or the integrity of the highway, these are called minimum recording levels as specified in our Highways Safety Inspection Policy in these cases no action will be taken.

    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 21:33, Sunday 11 February 2024

  • Update

    The Highway Officer has attended the site and carried an inspection based on your report.

    As a result of this inspection, we have instructed our contractor to resolve the issue reported within five working days.

    Thank you for taking the time to let us know, your reports alongside our Highways Safety Inspections are crucial to ensuring our network is safe for all residents and visitors.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 10:18, Friday 16 February 2024

  • Update

    We are very pleased to tell you that the issue reported has now been resolved.

    Alongside our Highways Safety Inspections, reports from the public help us to keep the roads in Buckinghamshire safe.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 10:33, Monday 19 February 2024

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