Pot­hole re­turn sparks alarm at re­pair qual­ity

Pen­sioner fears another ac­ci­dent

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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