Pothole saga could end soon
Work to determine who is responsible
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.”