Pot­hole re­pair regime is fail­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

Open let­ter to leader of Bucks County Coun­cil, Martin Tett THE pot­hole saga has re­ceived much crit­i­cism from tax­pay­ers, the re­pairs sim­ply are not work­ing, we clearly need a bet­ter man­aged sys­tem.

The lat­est tack by Mr Tett and Bucks County Coun­cil is to tell us we have no money to catch up with the re­pairs, so ei­ther we have to pay more or the roads will con­tinue in their poor state. This is not ac­cept­able.

The prob­lem is Trans­port for Bucks (TfB), which has wasted vast quan­ti­ties of our money on at­tempt­ing to bring our roads back to the stan­dards we all ex­pect, to no avail. The or­gan­i­sa­tion is chas­ing its tail and it is time to put it right.

The pol­icy of fill­ing pot­holes only that meet a size cri­te­ria of 30x30x4cm is un­der­stand­able, but to then just dump tar­mac in the hole, in­stead of a proper plane and pave, (cut­ting around the hole) is counter-pro­duc­tive and re­sults in a new pot­hole in just weeks.

With a Tfb re­pair team on site to re­pair pot­holes in a road, it must be counter-pro­duc­tive to ig­nore holes that are close to the size cri­te­ria in the same road but this is what is hap­pen­ing.

Hence re-vis­its, con­stantly, to roads that have al­ready had some pot­holes re­paired.

The cri­te­ria for re­pair­ing pot­holes needs re-stat­ing.

Presently, we have a size cri­te­ria which is sub­ject to a danger­ous de­fect or not cri­te­ria as well as a sharp edge cri­te­ria or not – nei­ther of th­ese is clear.

I would sug­gest this is a sys­tem not fit for pur­pose, Mr Tett, the strat­egy ap­pears non-ex­is­tent and it is time to put it right and stop the fla­grant waste of tax­pay­ers’ money.

All the above spec­i­fi­ca­tions can be ver­i­fied on emails to Tfb (CRN 4811277) as well as cor­re­spon­dence with your ser­vice direc­tor, Mrs Brooke-Webb (com­plaint BCC/020346).

RICHARD CAL­HOUN Ethorpe Close Ger­rards Cross

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