News - Severe Weather Recovery Works - Throop and Muscliff Ward

NEW - Tuesday, 12th August 2014 // UPDATED - Thursday, 4th September 2014 // UPDATED - Monday, 6th October 2014 // UPDATED - Thursday, 18th December 2014

UPDATED - Thursday, 18th December 2014

Email Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
17th December 2014
RE: Severe Weather Recovery Works - Throop and Muscliff Ward - Notice of Commencement

Anthony,

Thank you for this update, which has come as no surprise with Christmas approaching, seems now everything stops for the two weeks, with planned now works for the resurfacing in late January, hope the weather remains kind so the works will proceed as planned, meantime thank you.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Email Reply from Anthony Kirby - Engineering Design Manager, Planning, Transport and Regulation, Bournemouth Borough Council
17th December 2014
RE: Severe Weather Recovery Works - Throop and Muscliff Ward - Notice of Commencement

Good morning Councillor

Whilst the work to lay the new kerbing work has progressed well the addition of several new areas of repair work will, together with the programme now in the last of the contractors working weeks before the Christmas break, result in the overall construction period extending into the New Year. Arrangements are now being made over the next two days for the working areas to be tidied and the work themselves left in a secure and safe manner. With this overrun on the original programme the final surfacing works have now been scheduled to the 19th January and will be completed within the week.

As it is during this final stage of resurfacing that access will again be restricted to local residents we will now be considering a further letter to be circulated to all those that will be affected as a programme update. Expect this to be distributed in the first week of January and will include a copy to yourself and your fellow ward members for information.

Trust that this provides a suitable update. However, should you require any other information then please let me know.

Regards,
Anthony Kirby CEng MICE
Engineering Design Manager, Planning, Transport and Regulation, Bournemouth Borough Council

Email from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Anthony Kirby - Engineering Design Manager, Planning, Transport and Regulation, Bournemouth Borough Council
16th December 2014
RE: Severe Weather Recovery Works - Throop and Muscliff Ward - Notice of Commencement

Anthony,

Having walked the lane on Sunday and having seem much of the new kerb laying, can one have an update now on the programme with near Christmas approaching, and please for when surface treatment to the lane is likely to be carried out.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

UPDATED - Monday, 6th October 2014

Email Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
3rd October 2014
RE: Severe Weather Recovery Works - Throop and Muscliff Ward/Strouden Wards (Programme Update)

Anthony.

Thank you for this very detailed report on works planned, only pity one could not have had more details of the planned works before we had finalised our newsletter which is now out to print. We would have liked to have included much of what is now proposed especially relating to the welcome refurbishment of the existing traffic calming features in the lane, we will add this additional information on our website, but meantime many thanks and one just hopes the winter weather wont delay this work.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Email from Anthony Kirby - Engineering Design Manager, Planning, Transport and Regulation, Bournemouth Borough Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker
3rd October 2014
RE: Severe Weather Recovery Works - Throop and Muscliff Ward/Strouden Wards (Programme Update)

Good evening Councillor

Whilst I accept that we have not commenced the highway repair works on the rural section of Muscliffe Lane by the end of the September I would like to explain the extent of the works that we have identified and the reason for this delay in starting on site.

As you will be fully aware this rural section of Muscliffe Lane has been prone to surface water flooding for a number of years and as a result of which, the road surface has become severely damaged in some sections. The monies that we have secured through the Severe Weather Recovery Fund will allow us to address some (but not all) of the condition problems that are now very evident. Due to the timescale in having to deliver these repair-type improvements it has not given us neither the time or nor have we had the funding to address any future flooding of the road that will still occur during particular heavy rainfall events. However, what we can achieve is to ensure the repaired surface is more resilient to these rainfall events and avoids the deterioration of any new surfacing.

In addition to the complete overlaying of a new road surface along the section of Muscliffe Lane, between Aragon Way and Throopside Avenue, in the course of the hedgerow pruning that has now been complete we have now been able to finalise the full extent of these essential repair works. These will include the following:-

  • 600m of replacement kerbing - this re-kerbing will ensure that those properties fronting Muscliffe Lane are not put at a greater risk from flooding on the carriageway;
  • Refurbishment of Traffic Calming Features - including the removing of any unnecessary traffic signs;
  • The formation of additional vehicle passing areas - withembankment support works (rock gabions)

As a result of ensuring that we establish the full extent of these works than clearly we have not been able to commence when I had suggested. However, we will be starting before the end of October and expect the works to be complete between four to six weeks. Again, whilst this is a longer period of works than we had first anticipated it is important that we undertake these extensive repairs and resist just laying the new road surface alone, which itself would then start deteriorating in a very short period of time.

As for communication with yourselves as Ward Councillors and the local residents, clearly we have not been in position to confirm as such until the extent of the repair works had been established. With the revised dates now suggested we will certainly be put this in place over the forthcoming weeks, including a letter to local residents of which I shall ensure that you are provided a copy before distribution.

I appreciate that the change in scope of these works and the change in programme dates may not now tie-in with the local information that you are planning to distribute. Again, apologies if now means this being amended before publication.

Trust this does now provide a suitable update, however, please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss further.

Regards,
Anthony Kirby CEng MICE
Engineering Design Manager, Planning, Transport and Regulation, Bournemouth Borough Council

UPDATED - Thursday, 4th September 2014

Email Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
3rd September 2014
RE: Severe Weather Recovery Works - Throop and Muscliff Ward/Strouden Wards (Programme Update)

Anthony,

Yes thank you, as you know have been having endless and ongoing correspondence with officers over the many past months, you mention the in house team and scheduled to be completed by end of October, well into winter, all I hope this long delay will not prevent these works if weather starts to change, more so as we have been pressing for these works last year.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Email Reply from Anthony Kirby - Engineering Design Manager, Planning, Transport and Regulation, Bournemouth Borough Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker
3rd September 2014
RE: Severe Weather Recovery Works - Throop and Muscliff Ward/Strouden Wards (Programme Update)

Good morning Councillor

Firstly, apologies for the delay in replying to your further question regarding our anticipated time for completing these works in the rural sections of Muscliffe Lane and Throop Road. As you rightly mentioned, at the time of my last email (11th August), we were commencing the installation of the new drainage system in close proximity to Holdenhurst Village and finalising the scope of the repair/resurfacing works in Muscliffe Lane and Throop Road.

Over the past three weeks we have undertaken preparatory works to the hedgerow along Muscliffe Lane and will be shortly issuing the package of resurfacing works to the Council's term contractor. We await confirmation regarding a start date on site, however, are programming on the basis of a start by the end of September and completion by the end of October. Repair works that have been separately identified within both Throop Road and Holdenhurst Village Road will be delivered by our in house maintenance team, again being scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

As these dates become finalised, and subsequently local residents need to be informed, I shall ensure that you and the other Ward Councillors are notified accordingly.

I trust that this answers your question. However, if you need any further information on these forthcoming works then please let me know.

Regards,
Anthony Kirby CEng MICE
Engineering Design Manager, Planning, Transport and Regulation, Bournemouth Borough Council

NEW - Tuesday, 12th August 2014

Email Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
11th August 2014
RE: Severe Weather Recovery Works - Throop and Muscliff Ward

Anthony,

Thank you. As you know over the past year have had endless and ongoing communications with Highways, mainly over the ongoing further deterioration of the carriageway in the rural section of Muscliffe Lane, including taken detailed photos. So please YES before the onset of winter period.

Can you give me a timescale for the resurfacing works in Muscliffe Lane as so previously requested, the urgent large sections remain in the lane as you know near opposite to 163 and around Berry Hill nurseries.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Email from Anthony Kirby - Engineering Design Manager, Planning, Transport and Regulation, Bournemouth Borough Council to Councillors Ron Whittaker and Anne Rey
11th August 2014
Severe Weather Recovery Works - Throop and Muscliff Ward

Good morning Councillors

I would like to provide you with an update of the works shortly to commence in the Throop and Muscliff/Strouden Park Wards that are being delivered by the Council as part of the funding received through the Government's post Winter storm 'Severe Weather Recovery' funding. The scope of the works to be delivered will be focusing on improving the road drainage within the area of Holdenhurst Village and essential carriageway patching and resurfacing along sections of Muscliffe Lane, Throop Road and Holdenhurst Village Road. The works themselves will be delivered as part of a series of small schemes that will be delivered on the ground before the onset of this coming Winter period, where the risk of such heavy rain and subsequent localised flooding events do become more probable.

The first stage of the overall works will commence with the construction of new drainage system linking Holdenhurst Village to an existing outfall to the River Stour. We have work closely with the Environment Agency to ensure that the extent of the scheme will manage normal rainfall conditions and also circumstances when the river levels along this part of the Stour increase and the draining of the highway can still be adequately managed following a heavy rain event. Works are due to commence on site early this week for completion within three weeks. Information letters have been distributed to the local residents of the village to explain the extent of the work and that there may be periods of time when access along Holdenhurst Village Road may be restricted. The letter also provides a contact number should there be any particular residents matter that may need to be addressed.

In terms of the repair/resurfacing works planned for the surrounding rural roads, the extent of these is still being finalised with the relevant contractors being programmed to undertake these within the coming months. As the extent of these works become established then I will provide a further update and expected dates when the work will be undertaken on site.

Please be aware that in addition to a planned article in this coming September's 'BH Life' covering the extent of these works, a similar article is due for release today (Monday 11th) to the local media to cover the overall highway works being delivered through this 'Severe Weather Recovery' funding. You will be receiving a copy of this article as part of the normal protocol for the Council's external communications.

Trust that this is a suitable update. However, please do not hesitate to contact me directly should you wish to discuss any particular matter in conjunction with this overall scheme.

Regards,
Anthony Kirby CEng MICE
Engineering Design Manager, Planning, Transport and Regulation, Bournemouth Borough Council