Request for Safety Inspections Bank Mill Berkhamsted, HP4 2ER

Sue Wall made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Hertfordshire County Council

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Dear Hertfordshire County Council,

Under the general requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would be grateful if you would provide the following information in relation to Bank Mill, Berkhamsted, HP4 2ER.

In order for me to adequately consider your safety inspections and road classifications, I require:

◦Dates of all safety inspections undertaken on the carriageway in the two years preceding 10/01/14

◦Details of all carriageway defects identified during safety inspections in the two years preceding 10/01/14

◦Details of how carriageway safety inspections are undertaken, including whether walked or driven, the speed of the inspection vehicle and the number of persons in the vehicle.

◦The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections.

◦Details of all complaints and/or enquiries relating to the carriageway, received in the two years preceding 10/01/14

◦The hierarchy classification.

◦The road/section number.

◦The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to the identification of all categories of carriageway potholes

◦The time period(s) adopted between identification and repair (temporary and permanent) of all categories of carriageway defects.

◦Whether or not you have formally adopted all or part of the standards contained within the national code of practice for highways maintenance management.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs S Wall

Herts Direct, Hertfordshire County Council

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Herts Direct, Hertfordshire County Council

Dear Enquirer

Your message has been received by Hertfordshire County Council
and will be dealt with as soon as possible. Our customer service
standard is to reply to you within ten working days. When we
contact you we will give you a reference number so you can track
your enquiry in case any followup is required.

Please note that if your enquiry is urgent and relates to:
• safeguarding or concerns for an adult - please call us on
0300 123 4042
• child protection or social care concerns for a child -
please call us on 0300 123 4043

This is an auto-acknowledgement message in response to the email
you have sent to Hertfordshire County Council
([email address]).

Regards

HertsDirect
Hertfordshire County Council

****Disclaimer****

The information in this message should be regarded as confidential and is
intended for the addressee only unless explicitly stated. If you have
received this message in error it must be deleted and the sender notified.
The views expressed in this message are personal and not necessarily those
of Hertfordshire County Council unless explicitly stated. Please be aware
that emails sent to or received from Hertfordshire County Council may be
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ensure compliance with council policies or procedures or regulatory
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Information Governance, Hertfordshire County Council

Dear Mrs Wall,

                       

Reference number: EIR/ENV/03/14/6916

 

Thank you for your correspondence of the 11th March  2014 requesting the
following information:

Under the general requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I
would be grateful if you would provide the following information in
relation to Bank Mill, Berkhamsted, HP4 2ER.

 

In order for me to adequately consider your safety inspections and road
classifications, I require:

 

◦Dates of all safety inspections undertaken on the carriageway in the two
years preceding 10/01/14

 

◦Details of all carriageway defects identified during safety inspections
in the two years preceding 10/01/14

 

◦Details of how carriageway safety inspections are undertaken, including
whether walked or driven, the speed of the inspection vehicle and the
number of persons in the vehicle.

 

◦The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections.

 

◦Details of all complaints and/or enquiries relating to the carriageway,
received in the two years preceding 10/01/14

 

◦The hierarchy classification.

 

◦The road/section number.

 

◦The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to the
identification of all categories of carriageway potholes

 

◦The time period(s) adopted between identification and repair (temporary
and permanent) of all categories of carriageway defects.

 

◦Whether or not you have formally adopted all or part of the standards
contained within the national code of practice for highways maintenance
management.

 

 

Your request for information is being considered under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  We will respond to your request as quickly as
possible, and by close of 8th April  2014  at the latest. This replaces
any deadline previously given.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting
the reference number on this email.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Elaine Dunnicliffe

 

 

Information Access Manager

Information Governance Unit

Hertfordshire County Council

Postal Point CHN 305

County Hall,

Hertford, SG13 8DQ

Telephone: 01992 555848

Email: [email address]

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Information Governance, Hertfordshire County Council

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Dear Mrs. Wall,

 

Reference number:   EIR/ENV/03/14/6916

 

On 11th March  2014 we received the following request for information from
you:

 

' Under the general requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I
would be grateful if you would provide the following information in
relation to Bank Mill, Berkhamsted, HP4 2ER.

 

In order for me to adequately consider your safety inspections and road
classifications, I require:

 

◦Dates of all safety inspections undertaken on the carriageway in the two
years preceding 10/01/14

 

◦Details of all carriageway defects identified during safety inspections
in the two years preceding 10/01/14

 

◦Details of how carriageway safety inspections are undertaken, including
whether walked or driven, the speed of the inspection vehicle and the
number of persons in the vehicle.

 

◦The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections.

 

◦Details of all complaints and/or enquiries relating to the carriageway,
received in the two years preceding 10/01/14

 

◦The hierarchy classification.

 

◦The road/section number.

 

◦The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to the
identification of all categories of carriageway potholes

 

◦The time period(s) adopted between identification and repair (temporary
and permanent) of all categories of carriageway defects.

 

◦Whether or not you have formally adopted all or part of the standards
contained within the national code of practice for highways maintenance
management.'

 

Your request for information has been considered under the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004. I can confirm that Hertfordshire County
Council does hold the information you have requested, and can respond as
follows:

 

1.) Dates of all safety inspections undertaken on the carriageway in the
two years preceding 10/01/14

Please see attached document entitled 'Condition Survey' Please note,
names and third party personal data have been redacted in compliance with
the Data Protection Act 1998, as the County Council does not consider
there is a public interest in releasing this information.

 

2.) Details of all carriageway defects identified during safety
inspections in the two years preceding 10/01/14

Please see the attached documents entitled 'Condition Survey'. Please
note, names and third party personal data have been redacted in compliance
with the Data Protection Act 1998, as the County Council does not consider
there is a public interest in releasing this information.

 

3.) Details of how carriageway safety inspections are undertaken,
including whether walked or driven, the speed of the inspection vehicle
and the number of persons in the vehicle.

Carriageway safety inspections are undertaken from a slow moving vehicle
(a driver and a inspector - two people) driving at an appropriate speed
(with regard to safety, road conditions and traffic).

 

Footway safety inspections with a safety inspection interval of 6 monthly
or annually are inspected from a vehicle as a combined carriageway and
footway inspection.  However, when inspecting footways, it may be
difficult to obtain the necessary level of accuracy from vehicle based
inspections and walking should be used in these circumstances.

 

Footway safety inspections with a safety inspection interval of monthly or
3 monthly,  or Footways that are of paving slab construction; are tree
lined; where the distance between the edge of the carriageway and footway
is greater than 2 metres; which are elevated at a height greater than 1
metre above carriageway level; which are lower than 0.5metre below
carriageway; and where visibility from a vehicle is impaired by an
obstruction – e.g. parked cars, barriers etc; are walked and recorded as a
separate inspection from the carriageway.

 

4.) The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections.

·         annual

 

5.) Details of all complaints and/or enquiries relating to the
carriageway, received in the two years preceding 10/01/14

Please see attached document entitled 'Customer Service Report'  Please
note, names and third party personal data have been redacted in compliance
with the Data Protection Act 1998, as the County Council does not consider
there is a public interest in releasing this information.

 

6.) The hierarchy classification.

·         Unclassified. L2 local access

 

 

7.) The road/section number.

·         Unnumbered / 2U65/10

 

8.) The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to the
identification of all categories of carriageway potholes.

and

9.) The time period(s) adopted between identification and repair
(temporary and permanent) of all categories of carriageway defects.

 

The defect intervention criteria and time periods for repair for
carriageway potholes are dependent on the classification of the highway
and the size of the pothole.

 

For A roads:-

·           Potholes with depth greater than 40mm and length or width
greater than 200mm are repaired within 24 hours using proprietary cold
repair materials

·           Potholes with depth greater than 40mm and length or width less
than 200mm are repaired within 14 days with hot repair materials.

 

For B & C roads:-

·           Potholes with depth greater than 40mm and length or width
greater than 400mm are repaired within 24 hours using proprietary cold
repair materials

·           Potholes with depth greater than 40mm and length or width
between 200mm and 400mm are repaired within 7 days with hot repair
materials.

·           Potholes with depth greater than 40mm and length or width less
than 200mm are repaired within 14 days with hot repair materials.

 

For Unclassified roads:-

·           Potholes with depth greater than 40mm and length or width
greater than 200mm are repaired within 7 days with hot repair materials.

Potholes with depth greater than 40mm and length or width less than 200mm
are repaired within 14 days with hot repair materials.

 

10.) Whether or not the Authority has formally adopted all or part of the
standards contained within the national code of practice for highways
maintenance management.

 

Hertfordshire is aware of the code of practice 'Well Maintained
Highways'.  Like most UK highway authorities, some of our standards and
procedures are taken from or are based upon the various codes of practice
whilst others are locally developed to better suit our needs and
priorities. It is therefore not possible to give a general answer to this
question except to say that we have not formally adopted it in its
entirety.'

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting
the reference number on this letter. To find out more about Freedom of
Information or Environmental Information Regulations, please visit
[1]www.hertsdirect.org/foi

 

If you are unhappy with the way the County Council has handled your
request for information you may request an internal review of the request.
This will be carried out by a member of the County Council Legal Services
Team, who has had no prior involvement with the request. Requests for an
internal review should be sent to the Information Governance Unit at the
address above.

 

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the internal review you are
entitled to ask the Information Commissioner to investigate your
complaint. You should write to: FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution, Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Elaine Dunnicliffe

 

 

Information Access Manager

Information Governance Unit

Hertfordshire County Council

Postal Point CHN 305

County Hall,

Hertford, SG13 8DQ

Telephone: 01992 555848

Email: [email address]

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