Potholes in Sherington

  • The poor state of the roads in Sherington was raised by a resident again at the December meeting of Sherington Parish Council. However, the upkeep of the highways is the responsibility of Milton Keynes Council, and therefore the problems are outside the control of the Parish Council.
     
  • As at 5 November 2013, MKC had a list of 54 problems in their database for Sherington. You can view this list here. Only 2 of these have been categorised as being serious enough for them to be scheduled for specific action.
     
  • MKC inspects the highways once a year, The next inspection will be in April 2014. The last inspection in April 2013 identified 58 defects. These are listed here, together with details of whether they had been fixed as at 5 November 2013.
     
  • If you know of any defects not on the list, please report them to Milton Keynes Council, via their website, email or phone (Tel: 01908 252570). If you are unhappy with the MKC service, please contact Cllr Keith McLean, MK Councillor for Sherington Ward.
     
  • The information here was provided by Mr Rob Ward, Milton Keynes Council. His email in reply to the defect report submitted by the Webmaster is given below.
Dear Keith and Ian
I have updated the spreadsheet with the outcome of the defects that were raised at the inspection. If there is a date in the last column it indicates that the defect would have been repaired PW means Planned Works, the defect would have been judged to have been either below intervention level, 20mm for a footway 50mm in the carrageway and or under a risk assessment not to present a significant risk that requiries it to be repaired within a set timeframe. Defects that are in Planned Works either get picked up in larger schemes when resurfacing programmes take place or are prioritised once health and safety related works are completed. The second spreadsheet (Sherington jobs) is the latest list of defects in Sherington, an extract taken this afternoon.
There are currently 2 defects above the intervention level in Sherington at the moment and these will be programmed for repair within the next couple of months.
Sherington is due for it's next inspection in April 2014.
Bedford Rd - As you will see from your spreadsheet a number of repairs have already been carried out. Our schemes for resurfacing are prioritised from information that we get from a survey of the whole Highway that identifies problems with the structure of the roads. From this areas are prioritised and then a visual inspection undertaken and redurfacing schemes prioritised. We have just received the survey data for the whole of Milton Keynes and the schemes for the next 3 years will be based on this data. A programme for 2014/15 should be available early in the new year.
In the near future our Public Access system will be up and running for reporting Highways defects once this is in place you will be able to see where defects have already been reported. You can register for an account now at https://my.milton-keynes.gov.uk/Pages/KnowledgeBase/AtoZ.aspx
An officer has been out this week to look in to the enquiries you have raised to the Helpdesk, this is our initial response.
The 'School' sign on the west side of School Lane just north of the junction of School Lane and Crofts End is leaning forward.
Street lighting team will respond
The 'Junction' sign on the north side of Crofts End just east of the junction of School Lane and Crofts End is facing the wrong way and is in poor condition.
Street lighting team will respond
The 'Public Footpath' sign on the south side of Crofts End west of the junction of School Lane and Crofts End (near the first house) is missing the pointing arm with the 'Public Footpath' text.
Went to site and could not identify where missing post or sign was, is it possible to send a picture or mark on a map the location please.
The speed limit sign on the west side of Gun Lane on the edge of the built-up part of the village is hidden from view by the overgrown hedge/bushes.
We need to identify the land owner and get them to cut back their hedge
I hope this helps
Kind regards
Rob Ward
Interim Lead, Neighbourhood Engagement
T: 01908-252513
M: 0798 519 7598
E: rob.ward@milton-Keynes.gov.uk
Milton Keynes Council
Public Realm Services Group
Dear sir,
I wish to report several Highways-related problems in the Sherington area.
Road signs:
The 'School' sign on the west side of School Lane just north of the junction of School Lane and Crofts End is leaning forward.
The 'Junction' sign on the north side of Crofts End just east of the junction of School Lane and Crofts End is facing the wrong way and is in poor condition.
The 'Public Footpath' sign on the south side of Crofts End west of the junction of School Lane and Crofts End (near the first house) is missing the pointing arm with the 'Public Footpath' text.
The speed limit sign on the west side of Gun Lane on the edge of the built-up part of the village is hidden from view by the overgrown hedge/bushes.
Potholes/Road defects:
The whole of Bedford Road from the Mound on Chicheley Hill to the junction with Crofts End/Perry Lane is in a very poor state and deteriorating rapidly: the sides of the road in various places are breaking away and there are many holes, too numerous to list individually. You need to send one of your teams to start at one end and work down to the other. Although this road appears to be a minor lane, it is in fact the main route in/out of the village for many people as it leads to the Newport Pagnell bypass (and hence to most of Milton Keynes) as well as to Bedford. It probably carries as much traffic as the High Street. It is also part of the No 40 bus route, as well as being used by school buses, so has to cater for large vehicles (despite the weight restrictions).
On 19 April 2013, one of your inspectors surveyed the roads in the Parish, and identified 58 defects (list attached). Many of these are still outstanding. Can you please provide an update to Sherington Parish Council on when the remaining defects are scheduled to be dealt with?
It is frustrating for both the public and parish councillors that your defects database is not publicly accessible. We therefore do not know what has already been reported and what may be new. Continually reporting the same defect is obviously a waste of effort for all concerned - we would prefer to focus on identifying missing items and thereby improve the accuracy of your database to facilitate your planning. Could you please extract (or print out) a list of current Sherington defects for use by the Parish Council?
We are told that MKC currently has 13 teams out performing repairs before winter sets in. They do not appear to have visited Sherington yet - at least we have not seen them. Can you tell us when that is scheduled and what they will be doing?
Best regards,
(Cllr) Ian Collinge
8 Gun Lane
Sherington

 
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