Pothole return sparks alarm at repair quality
Pensioner fears another accident
CONCERNS have been raised over the quality of repairs to a recurring pothole.
Fitness instructor for older women, Trixie Offord, was shocked to see the return of the pothole in The Vale, Chalfont St Peter, after it caused her to fall early this year.
Mrs Offord, of Hampden Road, suffered a broken wrist and injuries to her nose and face when she tripped over the hazard.
Bucks County Council’s Transport for Bucks (TfB) filled the hole in March, but it had to repeat the job on Thursday last week after Mrs Offord’s daughter Sheryn Ross reported the problem.
Mrs Ross said: “My mum came to me and said
They have done a very fast repair to shut people up. I do not think it is a quality repair”
that hole is back, She said ‘I could not believe what I was seeing’.
“I crossed the road and thought ‘oh my goodness, here we go again’.”
The road is at the entrance to builders’ merchants Grant and Stone which takes lorry deliveries that, Mrs Ross says, can add pressure to the road’s surface.
She says the council should be ‘even more vigilant’ on how they treat the stretch because of the merchants.
Mrs Ross added: “I think a man with a bucket came down and moved a lot of stuff in the hole as quickly as possible.
“They have done a very fast repair to shut people up. I do not think it is a quality repair.
“A couple of lorries over that and the repairs will be gone.
“Eight months later that hole is back as deep as ever, which is ridiculous because they could end up visiting here twice a year.”
Spokesman for TfB, Dan Elworthy, said it is difficult to give time scales on how long a pothole repair will last as it largely depends on the condition of the road.
He added: “If the carriageway is sound and the pothole has developed in a single location, then the repair may remain sound for a number of years.
“However, in many instances, the pothole develops as part of wider deterioration of the surrounding carriageway.”