Pothole repair regime is failing
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