Pot­hole saga could end soon

Work to de­ter­mine who is re­spon­si­ble

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HOPE is grow­ing that work can be done to re­pair a road which has suf­fered with pot­holes for more than a year.

Oak End Way in Ger­rards Cross has seen its road con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rate. The prob­lems started at the be­gin­ning of last year, when sur­face tar­mac started com­ing away from the road, lead­ing to pot­holes open­ing up, which caused prob­lems for driv­ers, cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.

Fol­low­ing pres­sure from the parish coun­cil to the county coun­cil, th­ese were re­paired in time for last year’s Ger­rards Cross Fun Run in May, be­cause Oak End Way is part of the route which the 5km run fol­lows. How­ever, since then, fol­low­ing heavy rain­fall to­wards the end of last year, the road failed again, leav­ing a large area fenced off for safety. The parish coun­cil again looked into the prob­lem and were even­tu­ally told that it had been caused by a Thames Wa­ter cham­ber col­laps­ing, and that Bucks County Coun­cil was not re­spon­si­ble for the re­pair.

Fol­low­ing this, there has been an on­go­ing dis­cus­sion be­tween the county coun­cil and Thames Wa­ter as to who is re­spon­si­ble for the is­sue.

Parish coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown said: “The road has been in a bad con­di­tion for some time, and it’s dan­ger­ous for peo­ple who use it.

“There has been some re­pair work there, but un­for­tu­nately it hasn’t solved the prob­lem per­ma­nently. We want the sit­u­a­tion to be sorted out as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

A Bucks County Coun­cil lo­cal area tech­ni­cian is this month set to dig trial holes in the road in the pres­ence of Thames Wa­ter of­fi­cials to try to es­tab­lish where the re­spon­si­bil­ity lies so that work can be­gin.

Mr Brown added: “As soon as we know that then hope­fully it will mean that the re­pairs can be car­ried out.”

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