Council's Buckhurst Hill pothole repair fails

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The Brook Road pothole is back The Brook Road pothole is back

Highway authorities have vowed to take action to prevent another failed repair to one of the district's biggest potholes.

Recent work in Brook Road, Buckhurst Hill, saw one a pothole big enough to fit a highway hero such as myself finally filled, but less than two weeks later it’s back!

The work in Brook Road was completed on December 4, but the hole re-appeared on December 16, albeit marginally smaller than its previous size.

When questioned, Essex Highways revealed it does not check the quality of a road rut repair other than by looking at a photograph.

When asked how long a repair should last, an Essex County Council spokesman said: “A repair to a carriageway defect will last a significant period of time."

In this case “significant” was 12 days.

The statement continued: “There are factors that will determine this time-period such as road usage, whether the repair is at a junction or turning point, the condition of the surrounding carriageway, the original construction of the carriageway and whether the area is susceptible to flooding."

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5:13pm Fri 20 Dec 13

IG9Resident says...

an Essex County Council spokesman said: “A repair to a carriageway defect will last a significant period of time." The statement continued: “There are factors that will determine this time-period such as road usage, whether the repair is at a junction or turning point, the condition of the surrounding carriageway, the original construction of the carriageway and whether the area is susceptible to flooding."

So, nothing about the length of time the repair will last being connected with the quality of the repair. I drive across this junction every day and it seems that the 'repair' consisted of filling in the hole with gravel and then covering it with a thin layer of tarmac. Rubbish workmanship.

Other potholes further down Brook Road near Starling Close needed four or five repairs over a period of a year because they were so poorly done they collapsed within days - until eventually a proper repair was done.

When will the council realise that doing a shoddy job costs more money in the long run.

Oh, and when will the broken manhole at the top of Queens Road (near the post office) be repaired? It may well be that it's not the council's responsibility but whichever authority is liable should fix it before someone's injured.
an Essex County Council spokesman said: “A repair to a carriageway defect will last a significant period of time." The statement continued: “There are factors that will determine this time-period such as road usage, whether the repair is at a junction or turning point, the condition of the surrounding carriageway, the original construction of the carriageway and whether the area is susceptible to flooding." So, nothing about the length of time the repair will last being connected with the quality of the repair. I drive across this junction every day and it seems that the 'repair' consisted of filling in the hole with gravel and then covering it with a thin layer of tarmac. Rubbish workmanship. Other potholes further down Brook Road near Starling Close needed four or five repairs over a period of a year because they were so poorly done they collapsed within days - until eventually a proper repair was done. When will the council realise that doing a shoddy job costs more money in the long run. Oh, and when will the broken manhole at the top of Queens Road (near the post office) be repaired? It may well be that it's not the council's responsibility but whichever authority is liable should fix it before someone's injured. IG9Resident

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