SBC Road Inspections 2

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Dear Slough Borough Council,

(1) Please supply a computer readable list for every road inspected by SBC showing road name and highway inspection frequency.

(2) Please identify which specific part of "Well-maintained Highways" (introduced by SBC in "SBC Road Inspections 1" at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...) the council has adopted or implemented when compiling lists of roads (allegedly) inspected by (allegedly) adequately sighted and (allegedly) knowledgeable highways inspectors.

(3) Please reveal the SBC procedure for notifying the regional water utility company of sunken, broken or damaged installations on the highway.

(4) Please supply a copy of the last request / notification from SBC to the regional water utility mentioning sunken, broken or damaged installations on the highway.

(5) When was the last inspection of Blandford Road North by any section of SBC and may I have a copy of the report ?

(6) Please supply in computer readable format a copy of the SBC instruction to its personnel to ignore highway defects.

(7) Please describe how highways are inspected for defects. Does the highways inspector walk, cycle, ride a moped or similar or drive a car or van ? If the inspection is undertaken by a highways inspector utilising a mechanically propelled vehicle what is the maximum permissible speed of the vehicle during the inspection and where is the vehicle's type and speed recorded on the inspection report ?

Yours faithfully,

Mr Janik

FOI, Slough Borough Council

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Some defects have existed for longer than 10 years, others 7+ years and others 2 years in roads allegedly inspected every month or every 3 months.

Amazing thought it is, this is the tip of the English local government iceberg.

_Freedom of Information, Slough Borough Council

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Mr Janik

 

Please find below the response that was sent to you on the 5^th August. 
For some reason this does not appear to have reached you.

My apologises,

 

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

 

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From: Akhtar Naheed
Sent: 05 August 2013 10:32
To: 'Mr Janik '
Cc: Musk Kay; Deans Alexander; Parker David; Yu Sing-Wai
Subject: RE: FoI - 5081 SBC Road Inspections 2

 

Dear Mr Janik

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000- Request for Information - Slough Borough
Council FoI Number 5081

 

Thank you for your enquiry.

 

Your request for information has been considered and we respond as
follows:

 

(1)  Please supply a computer readable list for every road inspected by
SBC showing road name and highway inspection frequency.

 

Please find attached document showing the road inspections as requested
please note CAT 1 roads are marked in pink and CAT 2 roads are marked in
purple and the remaining are CAT 3 roads.

 

The frequency of inspection is as follows:

 

Road Category Frequency
CAT 1 Every Month (Except High Street Slough – Weekly)
CAT 2 Every Quarter
CAT 3 Every 6 month

 

(2)  Please identify which specific part of "Well-maintained Highways"
(introduced by SBC in "SBC Road Inspections 1" at
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...) the council
has adopted or implemented when compiling lists of roads (allegedly)
inspected by (allegedly) adequately sighted and (allegedly) knowledgeable
highways inspectors.

 

The Council carries out highway inspections aligned with this national
guidance document. We hold no further information relating to this.

 

(3)  Please reveal the SBC procedure for notifying the regional water
utility company of sunken, broken or damaged installations on the highway.

 

A utility defect usually arises from a highway inspection or a
report/enquiry to the Council. Following the Council becoming aware of the
defect the Council notifies the utility company who owns the apparatus of
the location and defects. This is done via telephone call and/or email.
The utility company will then carry out their own investigation and
undertake repair work.

 

If the Council consider a utility defect is dangerous such as a missing or
smashed cover then the utility company are notified via telephone
immediately and they are requested to attend site to make it safe as a
matter of urgency. The utility company can then carry out the permanent
repair after this.

 

 (4)  Please supply a copy of the last request / notification from SBC to
the regional water utility mentioning sunken, broken or damaged
installations on the highway.

 

Please note this was a telephone request made on 29^th July 2013 to report
two missing stop valve covers outside

Nos.15 & 99 Tamar Way to Thames Water. I confirm these defects have been
made safe by Thames Water.

 

(5)  When was the last inspection of Blandford Road North by any section
of SBC and may I have a copy of the report ?

 

     Blandford Road North is not inspected as the Council only inspects
the adopted highway network.

 

(6)  Please supply in computer readable format a copy of the SBC
instruction to its personnel to ignore highway defects.

 

     This does not exist nor is it Council policy.

 

(7)  Please describe how highways are inspected for defects. Does the
highways inspector walk, cycle, ride a moped or similar or drive a car or
van ?  If the inspection is undertaken by a highways inspector utilising a
mechanically propelled vehicle what is the maximum permissible speed of
the vehicle during the inspection and where is the vehicle's type and
speed recorded on the inspection report ?

 

The following table shows if this is a driven or walked inspection:

 

Road Category Driven/Walked
CAT 1 Monthly driven inspection and walked every 6 months.
Shopping areas are walked every month. High Street Slough is
walked every week
CAT 2 Driven then walked alternately quarterly
CAT 3 Walked every 6 month

 

Driven inspections are carried out by two highway inspectors. One
inspector concentrates on driving the vehicle while the other inspector
concentrates on looking for and recording highway defects. The vehicle is
a private car. The vehicle is driven at a slow speed, to the road safety
conditions of the highway at the time of the inspection and not usually
exceeding 20mph. The vehicle type and speed is not recorded on the
inspection report.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Highway Engineering

Slough Borough Council

Saint Martins Place

51 Bath Road

Slough Berkshire

SL1 3UF

 

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