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Road conditions Mansel Close Concrete road

Reported via iOS in the Potholes / Highway Condition category anonymously at 18:56, Thu 25 May 2023

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4597299.

I am writing to bring your attention to the concerning issue of potholes and poor road conditions in Mansel Close, Cosgrove. This report aims to provide a detailed overview of the problem, highlighting the impact it has on the community, specifically in terms of excessive noise and damage to vehicles.

Introduction: Mansel Close, a residential area in Cosgrove, has been experiencing severe road deterioration in recent months. The road conditions have deteriorated to such an extent that potholes have formed, causing numerous issues for both residents and commuters. Potholes and Their Impact: Potholes are depressions or cavities that develop in road surfaces due to a combination of factors such as age, heavy traffic, weather conditions, and inadequate maintenance. In Mansel Close, potholes have become a significant concern, leading to the following consequences: a. Noise Pollution: The presence of potholes contributes to excessive noise pollution in the area. As vehicles pass over the potholes, the impact produces loud noises, disturbing the tranquility of the neighborhood. The continuous noise can negatively affect the quality of life for residents, particularly those living in close proximity to the road. b. Vehicle Damage: Potholes pose a serious threat to vehicles and their occupants. When drivers encounter potholes, their vehicles are subjected to sudden jolts and impacts, leading to tire punctures, misalignment, suspension damage, and even accidents. The financial burden of repairing such damages can be substantial for vehicle owners and can significantly impact their daily lives. Magnitude and Extent of the Problem: To better understand the magnitude and extent of the problem, a thorough assessment of Mansel Close was conducted. The findings are as follows: a. Pothole Quantity: A survey identified approximately 20 potholes of various sizes within a half-mile stretch of Mansel Close. The sizes ranged from small depressions to large craters, some exceeding a foot in diameter. This indicates a pervasive issue with the road infrastructure. b. Road Surface Deterioration: Apart from the potholes, the road surface in Mansel Close has also shown signs of deterioration, including cracks, fissures, and unevenness. This deterioration has likely contributed to the formation and enlargement of the potholes. Community Concerns: The poor road conditions and associated problems have sparked significant concern within the community. Residents have expressed their worries through various means, including complaints to local authorities and community forums. The primary concerns raised by the community are as follows: a. Safety Hazards: Residents are worried about the safety hazards posed by the potholes. They fear accidents and injuries, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists who may inadvertently encounter the potholes or have to swerve to avoid them. b. Property Damage: The vibrations caused by vehicles passing over the potholes have resulted in cracks appearing in some residential buildings. This has led to concerns about the structural integrity of properties and potential long-term damage. c. Noise Disturbance: Excessive noise caused by vehicles traversing the potholes has had a detrimental effect on the quality of life for residents. The noise disrupts daily activities, such as sleep, concentration, and relaxation. Recommendations: Addressing the issue of potholes and poor road conditions in Mansel Close, Cosgrove is crucial for the well-being and safety of the community. The following recommendations are proposed: a. Road Repair and Maintenance: Immediate action should be taken to repair the existing potholes and resurface the

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault. Officers will now investigate the concerns and this may take up to 5 working days. If you believe that your concerns are urgent then please phone us.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 18:56, Thu 25 May 2023

  • Investigation: Completed (Highways to Monitor, Routine Inspection Programme) - Thank you for your enquiry and for bringing this matter to our attention, regarding the condition of Mansel Close. However,¬†we can confirm that there are no immediate safety concerns relating to this issue that warrant repair. For further information, please visit: https://www.westnorthants.gov.uk/ roads-and-paths/ report-potholes-or-highway-problem¬†However, please be assured that we will continue to monitor the area as part of our routine inspections. Due to the width of the road and close proximity of the adjacent properties, the cause of the concern may, of course, also not be the road surface itself. It may be underground utility services, or the road surface or speed of vehicles which is causing the apparent problem. There may be an issue with the historic design of the street or the resonation of empty juggernauts, buses or refuse collection vehicles that are passing by the property. Consequently, if noise and/or vibration is happening then; the onus is on the home owner to prove, from an independent survey, that any damage to the property has been caused from an actual issue with the maintenance of the carriageway, rather than West Northamptonshire Highways having to provide evidence that it is not their responsibility.
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    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 14:31, Thu 1 June 2023

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