Concern over 'dangerous' pot holes in Gosforth Lane in South Oxhey

Watford Observer: Concern over 'dangerous' South Oxhey road Concern over 'dangerous' South Oxhey road

A South Oxhey road is becoming "more and more dangerous as days go by" as potholes get a "quick fix" rather than long-term work, according to a resident.

John Towill has lived in Gosforth Lane for four years and is concerned about the condition of the "popular road".

The 47-year-old, who works in grounds maintenance at Barnet Council, said he can often hear the "squeal of brakes" as motorists try to avoid the gaping holes in the road.

Workmen tended to the emerging potholes last month. However, Mr Towill said that there are already serious signs of deterioration and things are "just as bad as before".

Mr Towill said: "The potholes have been here for years and they’re a regular occurrence. People came to fill them in a few weeks ago but now they’re back again and the situation is even worse.

"I pay my council tax on time every month and it’s such a waste of taxpayers’ money to send people out just to do a quick fix.

"I think that more should be done to permanently improve the quality of this popular road."

Mr Towill explained that about a month ago a stray stone from one of the potholes outside his house hit his wife, Susan, in the face.

He said: "Whenever cars go down here they just spray stones. Stones are being thrown out all the time and, unless proper repairs are done on it, somebody is going to get seriously injured."

He added: "My wife was just walking from her car to our front door when a driver went over the pothole and a stone flew up into her face.

"Luckily she wasn’t badly hurt, but there are schools nearby and the damage could have been even worse if it had been a child."

Mr Towill said: "Because it’s such a popular road in South Oxhey, it’s getting more and more dangerous as days go by.

"For such a main road with so many amenities on it you would have thought that it would be a priority to keep it in a reasonable and safe condition."

Matthew Kelley, Ringway Divisional Manager, working on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Due to the current extreme weather conditions, with significant, continual rainfall and flooding there has been an increase in the opening up of potholes on the network.

“This is due to the saturated ground and water ingress into the substrate of the carriageways. With the sheer quantity of defects and continued lying water, temporary repairs are necessary as opening up the road surface in these conditions can lead to longer term damage to the substrate. 

“We are anticipating that there will be an increase in potholes and damage to the road once the water subsides due to the detrimental effects of exceptional volume of standing water on the road surface. Once more normal weather patterns return we will be in a position to implement a full programme of permanent repairs.”

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6:54pm Thu 20 Feb 14

fenton1972 says...

Matthew Kelley, Ringway Divisional Manager, working on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Due to the current extreme weather conditions, with significant, continual rainfall and flooding there has been an increase in the opening up of potholes on the network.

“This is due to the saturated ground and water ingress into the substrate of the carriageways. With the sheer quantity of defects and continued lying water, temporary repairs are necessary as opening up the road surface in these conditions can lead to longer term damage to the substrate.

the above may be true but they used weak tarmac that was not even fixed in place with tar so within 2 days yes 2 days of the s****y repair it was breaking up.

its not just that bit either, a bit further up is just as bad.

they resurfaced patches last year but left the worst bits. WHY
Matthew Kelley, Ringway Divisional Manager, working on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Due to the current extreme weather conditions, with significant, continual rainfall and flooding there has been an increase in the opening up of potholes on the network. “This is due to the saturated ground and water ingress into the substrate of the carriageways. With the sheer quantity of defects and continued lying water, temporary repairs are necessary as opening up the road surface in these conditions can lead to longer term damage to the substrate. the above may be true but they used weak tarmac that was not even fixed in place with tar so within 2 days yes 2 days of the s****y repair it was breaking up. its not just that bit either, a bit further up is just as bad. they resurfaced patches last year but left the worst bits. WHY fenton1972
  • Score: 8

9:16pm Thu 20 Feb 14

LSC says...

In 1970, engineers managed to fix an unknown, potentially lethal problem on Apollo 13 WHILE IT WAS IN SPACE.

In 2014, engineers in Hertfordshire cannot fix something as simple as a road, because 'it's a bit damp'.

For goodness sake.
In 1970, engineers managed to fix an unknown, potentially lethal problem on Apollo 13 WHILE IT WAS IN SPACE. In 2014, engineers in Hertfordshire cannot fix something as simple as a road, because 'it's a bit damp'. For goodness sake. LSC
  • Score: 14

8:29am Fri 21 Feb 14

E.Coli says...

fenton1972 wrote:
Matthew Kelley, Ringway Divisional Manager, working on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Due to the current extreme weather conditions, with significant, continual rainfall and flooding there has been an increase in the opening up of potholes on the network.

“This is due to the saturated ground and water ingress into the substrate of the carriageways. With the sheer quantity of defects and continued lying water, temporary repairs are necessary as opening up the road surface in these conditions can lead to longer term damage to the substrate.

the above may be true but they used weak tarmac that was not even fixed in place with tar so within 2 days yes 2 days of the s****y repair it was breaking up.

its not just that bit either, a bit further up is just as bad.

they resurfaced patches last year but left the worst bits. WHY
Cowboy company springs to mind as this is the same for every pot hole they repair.
[quote][p][bold]fenton1972[/bold] wrote: Matthew Kelley, Ringway Divisional Manager, working on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Due to the current extreme weather conditions, with significant, continual rainfall and flooding there has been an increase in the opening up of potholes on the network. “This is due to the saturated ground and water ingress into the substrate of the carriageways. With the sheer quantity of defects and continued lying water, temporary repairs are necessary as opening up the road surface in these conditions can lead to longer term damage to the substrate. the above may be true but they used weak tarmac that was not even fixed in place with tar so within 2 days yes 2 days of the s****y repair it was breaking up. its not just that bit either, a bit further up is just as bad. they resurfaced patches last year but left the worst bits. WHY[/p][/quote]Cowboy company springs to mind as this is the same for every pot hole they repair. E.Coli
  • Score: 1

10:24am Fri 21 Feb 14

not a regular says...

"Luckily she wasn’t badly hurt, but there are schools nearby and the damage could have been even worse if it had been a child."

Actually, if it was a child it would have missed them ;)
"Luckily she wasn’t badly hurt, but there are schools nearby and the damage could have been even worse if it had been a child." Actually, if it was a child it would have missed them ;) not a regular
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10:28am Fri 21 Feb 14

not a regular says...

Seriously though, under HAUC guidelines temporary reinstatement of potholes must survive a minimum of six months.

Sounds like dodgy materials to me, or poor workmanship. Either way all the Council have to do is force the contractor to carry out the works.

Unfortunately in short term Britain we don't like sustainable schemes.
Seriously though, under HAUC guidelines temporary reinstatement of potholes must survive a minimum of six months. Sounds like dodgy materials to me, or poor workmanship. Either way all the Council have to do is force the contractor to carry out the works. Unfortunately in short term Britain we don't like sustainable schemes. not a regular
  • Score: 4

12:46pm Fri 21 Feb 14

LSC says...

I witnessed a pothole repair, in the summer (so forget all that 'too wet' claptrap) in my road. A van pulled up, a passenger jumped out while the driver read his paper.
It took 3 large shovel-fulls of some pre-prepared black stony porridge substance to fill the hole, which he then stamped on a few times, then he was in the van and away. They didn't even turn the engine off.
4 or 5 cars then drove over it and we were right back where we started, apart from a few parked cars sporting new stone chips. It is still there now.

I did try to report it, nothing has happened.
I witnessed a pothole repair, in the summer (so forget all that 'too wet' claptrap) in my road. A van pulled up, a passenger jumped out while the driver read his paper. It took 3 large shovel-fulls of some pre-prepared black stony porridge substance to fill the hole, which he then stamped on a few times, then he was in the van and away. They didn't even turn the engine off. 4 or 5 cars then drove over it and we were right back where we started, apart from a few parked cars sporting new stone chips. It is still there now. I did try to report it, nothing has happened. LSC
  • Score: 4

8:49pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Roadrunner38 says...

Re the last comment, i witnessed the same procedure a fee weeks ago. there are four potholes in a 30 yard stretch in Prestwick Road near the junction with Woodhall Lane. All are deep and dangerous. Ringway turned up, filled in the first pothole in seconds, then drove off leaving the other three untreated. They actually drove over them as they left and must have felt them. The filling they put in had all come out within a few days. How much are we paying Ringway (via our council tax) each year?
Re the last comment, i witnessed the same procedure a fee weeks ago. there are four potholes in a 30 yard stretch in Prestwick Road near the junction with Woodhall Lane. All are deep and dangerous. Ringway turned up, filled in the first pothole in seconds, then drove off leaving the other three untreated. They actually drove over them as they left and must have felt them. The filling they put in had all come out within a few days. How much are we paying Ringway (via our council tax) each year? Roadrunner38
  • Score: 1

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