News - Questions to Environment and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Panel - 13th March 2014

NEW - Thursday, 3rd April 2014 // UPDATED - Wednesday, 16th April 2014

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E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Stuart Best, Street Services Manager, Bournemouth Council
15th April 2014
RE: ETOSP - Cabinet Member Questions

Stuart.

A very detailed reply setting out a number of options. Firstly much of the farm land is owned by South Coast Land Society with another section by Wimpey Homes and Stanborough, Bournemouth acts as intermediary this does add a level of complication to the management of the estate as all three head landlords are building companies where it does not take any imagination that they are some time in the future looking at plans for the area, this is a fear I have set out to ed regarding my endless compaign for allotments sites, in the past also have requested we go for an equestrian centre, here understand the terms of the lease arrangements won't allow. You mention wild life areas as public open space, good luck as everytime over the years I have made suggestions, either I don't get replies or it falls on deaf ears, likewise the calls for an Orchard.

Now having said all of that clearly most options are a none start, many years ago we had regular teams that keep the ditches cleared. Until a long term plan is found one can only ask that we undertake remedial works to over come the worse of sections which was successful last year.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail Reply from Stuart Best, Street Services Manager, Bournemouth Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker
11th April 2014
RE: ETOSP - Cabinet Member Questions

Dear Councillor Whittaker

Thank you for your e-mail. Outlined below is the current situation regarding Throop Road, the rural section of Muscliffe Lane and Holdenurst Village Road.

The current situation in the rural section of Muscliffe Lane where highway water runs off into the surrounding area works well enough most of the time but in very wet periods, like those recently, all the fields are totally saturated and any more water just floods the fields and has nowhere to run off. Most recently the fields have been so wet it is likely that just as much water runs off them and onto the lane. The highway water is dispersed via "grip" channels, that are relatively ad-hoc and often get damaged by passing vehicles, especially the large agricultural ones as the road is narrow and has little or no formed edge stability.

To find a way forward officers from Street Services and Planning and Transport have discussed the following options:

(a) Install proper highway drainage - possible but very expensive and disruptive as the road would have to be closed.
(b) Raise the road - again possible but very expensive for the number of vehicles that actually use it. You also risk legal action from adjacent landowners if they could demonstrate that more water was now running off the highway than does at present.
(c) Install a Sustainable drainage system (soakaways) - doubtful this will work as the area has a relatively high ground water and they simply could not cope with all the run-off from the fields as well. Further they would be difficult to maintain because of all the mud that gets on the road from the agricultural vehicles which would mean the soakaways will clog up very quickly.
(d) Construct some wet land areas by digging out some holding ponds. Will require us to purchase or at least have long term leases on some relatively big areas of land although they could then be used as public open spaces - could be "wild life areas".
(e) Maintain the status quo - not sustainable in the long term and will only prolong the current situation.

Paul Ambrose from Planning and Transport has been speaking to various officers to progress the land issue for option (d) and has also met with Ed Alexander from the Parks department to ascertain a better understanding of the land ownership issues.

Officers from Planning and Transport have marked out areas ready for a engineering level survey and the Street Services team have made a start on clearing the existing gullies and soakaways that are associated with some of the traffic calming features.

The road surface in Throop Road will be addressed using a combination of contractors and our own in-house highway maintenance team, and they will target the areas most in need of repair. This will again necessitate road closures over a number of days.

The solution to alleviate the flooding issues on Holdenhurst Village Road necessitates the permanent installation of a piped drainage system which will normally discharge directly to the river. When the river is in flood this can be used in conjunction with a pump to pump the water over the flood bank directly into the River Stour.

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

Regard,
Stuart Best, Street Services Manager, Bournemouth Borough Council

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Stuart Best, Street Services Manager, Bournemouth Council
1st April 2014
ETOSP - Cabinet Member Questions

Stuart.

Having now recieved the reply to my question from the panel, note that you are "assessing the most appropriate method/revenue source to address this".

Last March / April we had two days closure of the rural section to carry out repairs, as one can see from further visits many sections are showing similar deterioration, likewise Throop Road.

As the Lane is a designated cycle route, no footpath and well used, would like to have some clear indications to treatment please.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

NEW - Thursday, 3rd April 2014

Environment and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Panel - 13 March 2014

Cllr Ronald Whittaker to Cabinet Member for Transport, Cleansing and Waste

1. Can one ask as to the situation around the vast number of potholes in the Borough with a particular focus on the lanes of Throop road and rural section of Muscliffe lane?

A: The impact of the recent spell of bad weather has been felt across the highway network, including the more rural sections of Throop Road and Muscliffe Lane. The relevant council officers are aware of the issues and are currently assessing the most appropriate method and revenue source to address them.

2. In view of the plans regarding corridor improvements at bus stops along Castle Lane West can one request that where possible these plans be shown in locations as one is now having representations in my patch which I have sent on to Gary Powell to stop rumours regarding the proposals?

A: The improvements to bus stops on Castle Lane are small scale. Drawings showing these improvements will be displayed for information at a number of venues being used for public engagement regarding the Council’s cycling and walking initiatives along Castle Lane West.

Follow up question from Cllr Ronald Whittaker on question 1:

1.Having now received the reply to my question from the Panel, I note that you are "assessing the most appropriate method/revenue source to address them [the highways]."

Last March/April we had a two day closure of the rural section of the highways to carry out repairs. As one can see from further visits to the areas mentioned in the original question many sections are showing similar deterioration.

As the lane is a designated cycle route and well used can I ask for some clear indications of what works will be carried out and when?