New Bridge Road Rickney

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Dear East Sussex County Council,

Re reply to FOI Request ref: 5446 / New Bridge Road, Rickney

I thank you for your previous response, but wish to follow up on your answer. Why is it going to take so long to start to repair this road (November 2015) when it is in a dangerous state?

I am aware that the road itself is low use, but there are sections which are extremely dangerous, and which make cycling on it quite difficult. For e.g., there is one corner where the road has subsided badly and this needs to be taken on the wrong side of the road on a blind corner to get round it. Additionally, because the road is like a hazard course if you happen to be cycling along here and meet oncoming traffic it can be hazardous as it's difficult to immediately prioritise the road danger itself (e.g. the holes, etc) or the oncoming traffic. Due to the twisty nature of the road you are often left with little time to make these decisions.

I previously reported the damage in September 2014, but the damage had existed prior to this. I understand that others have reported this previously. Can you please inform me of the earliest damage report relating to the current mess, and explain why it is taking so long to prioritise these road repairs.

Thanks
Richard Stern

Yours faithfully,

Richard Stern

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear Mr Stern

 

FOI Request ref:  5446 / New Bridge Road, Rickney

 

Thank you for your email. This information was provided to me by the
Highways department. I will return to them with your follow up questions.
We aim to provide the additional information by your original deadline of
11/5/2015.

 

Should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

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Dear Mr Stern

 

FOI Request ref:  5446 / New Bridge Road, Rickney

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above, which has been
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request and our response are set out below. Please note that any
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FOLLOW UP REQUEST

 

I thank you for your previous response, but wish to follow up on your
answer. Why is it going to take so long to start to repair this road
(November 2015) when it is in a dangerous state?

 

I am aware that the road itself is low use, but there are sections which
are extremely dangerous, and which make cycling on it quite difficult. For
e.g., there is one corner where the road has subsided badly and this needs
to be taken on the wrong side of the road on a blind corner to get round
it. Additionally, because the road is like a hazard course if you happen
to be cycling along here and meet oncoming traffic it can be hazardous as
it's difficult to immediately prioritise the road danger itself (e.g. the
holes, etc) or the oncoming traffic. Due to the twisty nature of the road
you are often left with little  time to make these decisions.

 

I previously reported the damage in September 2014, but the damage had
existed prior to this. I understand that others have reported this
previously. Can you please inform me of the earliest damage report
relating to the current mess, and explain why it is taking so long to
prioritise these road repairs.

 

FOLLOW UP RESPONSE

 

East Sussex County Council do not hold information regarding why planned
works have been scheduled for a particular date. However I have obtained
the following information regarding the scheduling of recycling works
across the county. Engineers carry out a survey of the road and recommend
a course of action, in this case recycling. This survey is passed to our
Asset Management team who will compare the condition of road across the
county and make a decision as to whether the work can be agreed and in
which financial year the work will take place. An order is then raised for
these agreed planned works which is passed to our contractor Kier to
schedule the repairs within 12 months, in this case between April 2015 and
April 2016. Our contractor will then schedule the works to ensure that we
obtain the best use of resources working efficiently and effectively. All
sites which have been identified for recycling, this year there are 30,
are likely to be in a very similar condition to New Bridge Road, specific
conditions and road use are not taken into consideration when scheduling
works. However, if utility companies are planning work in the same area as
we are planning works, we try to adjust the schedule to ensure the newly
made roads will not be dug up shortly after completion. As such the
planned programme of works is fluid and subject to change.

 

The first report we received relating to this damage was 3/9/2014, prior
to this we had not received a report regarding new damage since March
2014, a number of potholes were reported, between these dates, however
they had been raised for repair following previous inspections. As a
result 9 areas were repaired in May, June and July 2014.

 

The road is continuing to be monitored by the steward. In March and April
2015, 6 areas were repaired following a request from the local Highway
Steward and a further 2 areas are currently awaiting repair. These repairs
are being carried out to keep the road open and in a safe condition until
the larger scale recycling is carried out, we have also erected signs to
warn road users of the uneven road surface.

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

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