News - Velocity Patcher Deterioration to the Rural Section of Muscliffe Lane

NEW - 5th March 2013 // UPDATED - 13th March 2013 // UPDATED - 25th March 2013 // UPDATED - 28th March 2013 // UPDATED - 5th April 2013
UPDATED - 8th April 2013

UPDATE - 8th April 2013

E-mail Reply from Pete Gallagher
8th April 2013
RE: Muscliffe 20 Mile Zone, and other associated works

Dear Councillor Whittaker

The suction boxes on the Large Mechanical Sweeper are positioned on the right and left hand sides for sweeping roadside channels.

A small mechanical sweeper will be attending to sweep the centre of the road.

Photographs of the work carried out so far are attached.

Kind regards,
Pete

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
8th April 2013
RE: Muscliffe 20 Mile Zone, and other associated works

Pete,

They need to return to the rural section of the lane as still grit. Material in middle of the lane please.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Pete Gallagher to Councillor Ron Whittaker
8th April 2013
RE: Muscliffe 20 Mile Zone, and other associated works

Dear Councillor Whittaker

The rural section of Muscliffe Lane often requires 3 or four sweeps before a difference is noticed.

A Mechanical Sweeper in conjunction with a Manual Team with brooms and shovels has carried out a number of sweeps through the entire length of Muscliffe Lane today.

Kind regards,
Pete

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Ian Kalra, Transportation Services Manager, Bournemouth Council
6th April 2013
Muscliffe 20 Mile Zone, and other associated works

Ian,

Further here to my email on Friday, yes Saturday checked out Muscliffe Lane and what a surprise, or should I say NOT SUPRISED. The assurances given on Friday that a Road Sweeper would be deployed to remove / clean the debris, material in the rural section of the lane never happened, can one imagine this happening in the town centre, you bet not.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Photos of Muscliffe Lane Road Sweepers

Muscliffe Lane Road Sweepers 1

Muscliffe Lane Road Sweepers

Muscliffe Lane Road Sweepers 2

Muscliffe Lane Road Sweepers

Muscliffe Lane Road Sweepers 3

Muscliffe Lane Road Sweepers

UPDATE - 5th April 2013

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Ian Kalra, Transportation Services Manager, Bournemouth Council
3rd April 2013
FW: Photos of Muscliffe Lane

Ian.

Today have taken a few shots of the lads carrying out the various area of highway maintenance in the rural section of the lane. On arrival found the ROAD CLOSED SIGN. No indication "access for residents". Thankfully after talking to the Operative on site he returned to the depot and within a short time had replaced the sign as you can see from the photo showing "Road closed access for residents only". Am grateful that we had someone on site with some common sense.

I was far from impressed that no advanced warning sign had been made in advance of the works, told that the authority had "problem with advanced warning sign manufacture, machine use to print the face sign had malfunctioned,". As staff on site heard that residents far from happy after making a few comments to me about lack of advanced warning signs etc.

Another issue raised very justifiable was the three builds out with trees, NEED TO HAVE BOLLARD WITH A REFLECT OF SOME FORM, so vehicle at night can see the build-out.

Am grateful that Marie turned out after my angry calls from the site.

Finally by the end of the week, one trust all work will be complete including I hope Slow SIGNS on the carriageway, can I therefore now request that the rural section of the LANE HAS A HARD SWEEP BY THE CLEANSING MACHINE as over the mouths much grit, loss material / soil etc has built up.

Mean time last Thursday 28th I did email Mike Woods at the request of Stuart for him and his team to made a visit to the lane regarding the need to secure a proper / detail structural maintenance programme, as the existing infilling can only deal with temporary potholes, so far I have not had a reply to that request.

As this issue will be going to the panel on 14th May, I hope that we will have this firmly placed in a forthcoming structural maintenance programme.

My thanks to Stuart and Nick for urgently arranging the team within days to carry out the infilling to dozens of potholes, especially as this is a designated cycle route.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Photos of Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs

Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs in Progress 4

Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs in progress

Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs in Progress 5

Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs in progress

Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs 6

Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs - Complete

Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs 7

Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs - Complete

Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs Road Closed 1

Photo of Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs - Road Closed

Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs in Progress 3

Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs in progress

Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs Road Closed 2

Muscliffe Lane Pothole Repairs - Road Closed

UPDATE - 28th March 2013

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Stuart Best, Street Services Manager, Technical Services, Bournemouth Council
27th March 2013
FW: Photos of Muscliffe Lane

Stuart,

Further to my last emails and photos, took this the other day, notice yesterday that many of the new potholes has been marked out, this one is one of the largest, it is right by the chicane, on approach to 143, and unless deal with urgently it will cause an accident, some 20 plus holes have appeared, this week - end many cyclist will be in the area, so I really hope today we will have a team working to fill these potholes, and that highways will I hope by now have visited the area to ensure that the lane is now firmly in the structural highway maintenance programme.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

UPDATE - 25th March 2013

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Stuart Best, Street Services Manager, Technical Services, Bournemouth Council
24th March 2013
FW: Photos of Muscliffe Lane

Stuart,

Further to our site visit on Friday to the rural part of the lane, where unfortunately the lane was pretty water logged, today Sunday whist checking out the lane I met a number of cyclists and local residents who were walking their dogs, where thankfully much of the lane had dried out so one could see the appalling extent of the carriageway deterioration.

Further from my pictures I took earlier this month, the number of large potholes has substantial increase, with one large hole close to 143. And many more in the section of the lane we visited.

As you confirmed that now much of the lane is beyond just general pothole plugging. But in urgent need now for proper structural repairs, you were to speak with Ian and arrange for his team to visit the lane. It needs a full and proper survey, but naturally immediate repairs must be done before one sees an accident, as we know the lane is a designated cycle route, and it is intensively used, beside daily traffic movements.

Unfortunately I did not take my camera to take further pictures but am sure this week officers will.

Mean time I have requested through my chairman Cllr Mark Anderson to have this matter on the 14th May Environment / Transport Panel. Where one trust planned works and repairs will have been completed.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

UPDATE - 13th March 2013

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Stuart Best, Street Services Manager, Technical Services, Bournemouth Council
12th March 2013
RE: Photos of Muscliffe Lane

Stuart,

Further to my email and our conversation regarding the deterioration to the carriageway of the rural section of Muscliffe Lane. I have taken four photos which shows how the surface is breaking up no patch work, pothole plugging is not working, it just breaks up within weeks, none helped by the rain water unable to rain/drain away into the verges or ditches, as you know the lane is a designated cycle route, many walkers, besides a busy traffic route, added by on occasion horse riders from Throop.

Last year we had some repairs by the new skid steer machine, especially at the start of the lane which did do a very reasonable repair. Likewise opposite Berry Hill nurseries. But with many cyclist in the area, this lane has become unsafe so I request that at your officers road rescue meeting on the 18th, that the section of the lane will be given some priority please, appreciate we are meeting on site on the 22nd.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Deterioration to the Carriageway of the Rural Section of Muscliffe Lane

Deterioration to the Carriageway of the Rural Section of Muscliffe Lane 1

Photo of Muscliffe Lane

Deterioration to the Carriageway of the Rural Section of Muscliffe Lane 2

Photo of Muscliffe Lane

Deterioration to the Carriageway of the Rural Section of Muscliffe Lane 3

Photo of Muscliffe Lane

Deterioration to the Carriageway of the Rural Section of Muscliffe Lane 4

Photo of Muscliffe Lane

NEW - 5th March 2013

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
4th March 2013
RE: Velocity Patcher

Stuart.

It will not now be a case of just filling in the areas of deterioration. it requires extensive maintenance works by the Skid Steer machine. We have very large areas that are simple unable now to cope with the traffic using this section of the lane, be it as you know a cycleway, no pavements, no drainage so rain water just does not flow away, used extensively by walkers and yes horse riders.

This council needs now to address this issue with some priority please, same time it is intended shortly to place slow markings within this section of the lane on the carriageway due to the 20 mile zone as part now of the traffic calming measures being installed in Muscliffe lane and Shillingstone drive, you need here to speak to John Satchwell.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail Reply from Stuart Best
4th March 2013
RE: Velocity Patcher

Councillor Whittaker

The area has been inspected and assessed, and I have asked my colleague Nick Trollope to reply to you with the findings.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

Regards,
Stuart
Street Services Manager, Technical Services, Bournemouth Council

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Stuart Best, Street Services Manager, Technical Services, Bournemouth Council
10th February 2013
RE: Velocity Patcher

Stuart.

Know with the present appalling weather conditions we are a long way off from having the new skid steer machinery to carry our repair works to the section of the lane that we visited back last year, since the carriageway surface in so many places is further deteriorated, this being a designated cycle route as well, problem is no main drainage so water surface does not flow away as the hedgerows are unable to take the rain water that is for ever laying around, as so as temporary repairs are carried out they seem to break up shortly after. It seems to be a no-win situation.

Hopefully from Easter onwards we might get some better weather but I want to ensure that Muscliffe lane is within the priority list and that a survey be conducted on the general condition of the lane.

Councillor Ron Whittaker