OCC Highways Department Statement regarding Road Repairs in Carterton
Carterton Town Council is not informed by the Oxfordshire County Council Highway Department of any decisions made with regards to road repairs within our town; they have no statutory obligation to do so.
If we receive a complaint at the Town Hall regarding potholes/verges/streetlights etc. we too use the “FixMyStreet” online reporting system in the same way as residents - https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk
We have been asked recently why the Highways Department have undertaken work on Burford Road and Cotswold Way when there are worse roads in the town requiring attention. We placed an enquiry with them last week on your behalf and these statements have been issued:
Burford Road – “The treatment was micro-surfacing which is a preventative treatment designed to prolong the existing carriageways life. Whilst the road was resurfaced in, I believe, 2011 it is showing signs of wear and deterioration. The micro will seal the carriageway, hopefully preventing water ingress and halting the need for continuous patch repairs and much more costly resurfacing.
Micro is designed to be used on roads that are beginning to fail and not roads that are in need of major repairs, so it can seem we are surfacing roads that don't particularly need work. These works formed part of a preventative maintenance programme which aims to target works on sections of road to extend their life with a minimum of cost. It is hoped this treatment will extend the road’s life for a further eight to ten years with minimal maintenance. “
Cotswold Way – “The patching works were flagged up by the Highways Officer as needing attention and was greater in area than he was allowed to deal with under the defect system. These works were put forward for minor patching and a gap in the forward programme allowed the works to be completed quickly.”
Staff at the town hall are always happy to help find answers to any highway questions you may have but you can also do this yourself directly at: