On March 28th Surrey County Council’s contractors have done a good job fixing the pothole. The repair includes a smart new manhole cover. Well done. But I’m still worried about their procedures. In their website – http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/ – on ‘Reporting a Pothole’, it says:
Does SCC inspect the highway for potholes?
The County Council’s Local Transportation Service operates a highway safety inspection system, which follows the guidance given in the national Code of Practice for Well Maintained Highways. Defects arising from this inspection are repaired within a timescale based on risk to the traveling public.How does SCC avoid potholes occurring?
Potholes can largely be avoided by timely, programmed maintenance schemes. This requires consistent and large capital investment in the highway structure, for which funding is usually insufficient. Therefore, we rely on surface dressing to control the number of potholes forming.
So, there you have it – not enough money and cheap fixes, and we’re supposed to be the 4th richest country in the world.