Pothole season

First published in Letters

Sir – I am pleased to see that some of the damaged areas of road within the city have been repaired recently. I had begun to worry that the pothole repair budget had all been used up. I was sorry, though, to see firstly that the repair in Beaumont Street had not gone properly to the edge of the damaged area that was repaired and had left another large area still in need of repair. Does no one on the repair crew look around to see what else needs doing in the same area?
I also noted that one of the hardy perennials — a small service cover at the Parks Road traffic lights on Banbury Road had had some tarmac slapped down. I fear that this latest repair is of similar quality to the repair done about 12 months ago on the same spot.
These small patch repairs seem to have a service life of less than 12 months.
It is clearly time that street surface repairs were done to a far better standard, which should mean that our road surfaces start getting gradually better, rather than gradually worse. Perhaps the relevant council committee should take note.
Philip Cresswell
Oxford

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7:20pm Sun 9 Feb 14

PANeale says...

Its interesting that some city roads seem to get attention when really its the rural and main roads that should take priority. County and highways should be working up a big plan now to get on top of the worst affected roads as some are becoming increasingly more dangerous. The A420 around shrivenham being a prime example, this is nothing short of discraceful and rapidliy becoming more dangerous. Drivers are weaving to avoid the worst of the craters and its only a meeter of time before its becomes enough of a distraction to cause an accident on and already dangerous route.
More locally there are some B-roads that have become so bad that damge to cars is eneivitable and costly, hopefully the level of claims on local coucils for new tyres wheel and suspension will promt som action.
As an example there is a stretch of road in Cumnor near the Bear that has to be seen to be belived, its almost a worlk of art with some many poorly repaired patchs , a bit like a Roman mosaic.
I would try the road fund tax argument but apparently none of this goes to roads. But as a high milleage road user i see the same disrepair everywhere. Maybe a new authority solely resposible for the nations roads upkeep should be formed rather than local and district councils deciding the priorities.
Maybe i'll get through this winter without sending the council a tyre bill !!
Its interesting that some city roads seem to get attention when really its the rural and main roads that should take priority. County and highways should be working up a big plan now to get on top of the worst affected roads as some are becoming increasingly more dangerous. The A420 around shrivenham being a prime example, this is nothing short of discraceful and rapidliy becoming more dangerous. Drivers are weaving to avoid the worst of the craters and its only a meeter of time before its becomes enough of a distraction to cause an accident on and already dangerous route. More locally there are some B-roads that have become so bad that damge to cars is eneivitable and costly, hopefully the level of claims on local coucils for new tyres wheel and suspension will promt som action. As an example there is a stretch of road in Cumnor near the Bear that has to be seen to be belived, its almost a worlk of art with some many poorly repaired patchs , a bit like a Roman mosaic. I would try the road fund tax argument but apparently none of this goes to roads. But as a high milleage road user i see the same disrepair everywhere. Maybe a new authority solely resposible for the nations roads upkeep should be formed rather than local and district councils deciding the priorities. Maybe i'll get through this winter without sending the council a tyre bill !! PANeale
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9:58pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Councillor mark cherry says...

As a county councillor for Banbury Calthorpe and district councillor for Ruscote.I'm full aware of the state of the roads in Banbury ,and the UK . In fact it's a nation disgrace. Our road infrastructure need billions to bring it up to any kind of state. The public have a right to ask were there road tax goes. Well not into the roads unfortunately. So I Endeavour to report as many pot holes for repair as I can believe me the more I report the more pot holes turn up. We need resurfacing pit holes fixing short fix. It's fact that it's a short term solution for crumbling roads. My highlight was looking at the conservative Independent Alliance budget proposals.A chance for 1 million pound increase in highways budget at Oxfordshire county council.well done. But before I was elected a councillor i remember talking to a officer making pit holes for highways in bath road , Banbury, so I asked why pit holes weren't getting fixed he said ." OCC highways budgets been cut by 1million'enough said.
As a county councillor for Banbury Calthorpe and district councillor for Ruscote.I'm full aware of the state of the roads in Banbury ,and the UK . In fact it's a nation disgrace. Our road infrastructure need billions to bring it up to any kind of state. The public have a right to ask were there road tax goes. Well not into the roads unfortunately. So I Endeavour to report as many pot holes for repair as I can believe me the more I report the more pot holes turn up. We need resurfacing pit holes fixing short fix. It's fact that it's a short term solution for crumbling roads. My highlight was looking at the conservative Independent Alliance budget proposals.A chance for 1 million pound increase in highways budget at Oxfordshire county council.well done. But before I was elected a councillor i remember talking to a officer making pit holes for highways in bath road , Banbury, so I asked why pit holes weren't getting fixed he said ." OCC highways budgets been cut by 1million'enough said. Councillor mark cherry
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