Streetscene Inspectors (formerly Highway Inspectors) have agreed to visit Burgh and Tuttington in September – if there is any work identified for their attention. Residents are asked to locate any specific road maintenance issues, and report them to parish councillors Chrissie McVeigh or Jeremy Hickling who will pass their concerns to the inspectors.
The key concern is maintaining the safety of the road network. At this time of year the following highway defects are generally the highest priority:
• Potholes – an accurate location and dimensions (including depth) really help to judge their priority.
• Regular incidences of standing water – location and area affected are important, in addition any knowledge of any features which may be blocked, does the ponding eventually clear over time, does this only occur during heavy rain. Recently heavy rain falls and wash from fields has caused issues over which sometimes have no control. They can clear gulley pots and back ditches and grips within the highway boundary.
• Mud on road – this is a common occurrence in our rural community and will be a factor in particular during winter months. If this repeatedly affects highway users ability to travel, is not signed in advance or is simply left following farming activity, the most useful information is contact details of the responsible party. Be assured that this information is completely confidential, it will not disclose any details of an enquiry.
Other maintenance activities are listed below. These may be identified for action but will be lower priority and given a longer timescale for completion.
• Side out a carriageway or footway – where an encroachment of silt, verge growth or weeds etc. has reduced the width of the carriageway or footway
• Hedge/tree/vegetation encroachments – Highways will intervene where important signs are obstructed from view. Ideally, where encroachments exist they would contact the property owner so they may make their own arrangements at their own expense. Any information leading to identifying who is responsible for a certain feature will both be treated in confidence and reduce the time taken for the issue to be addressed.
• Damaged or dirty signs – If a damaged sign has been recovered, details of where this can be collected will be appreciated