Residents fear road unsafe after closure in Flackwell Heath

Carrington Avenue Closed

Carrington Avenue Closed

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A HEAVILY subsided section of a road in Flackwell Heath has been closed, sparking fears that parts of the ground in the area are unsafe.

After continued complaints to local authorities, a section of Carrington Avenue, off Chapel Road, has been closed after a council worker performed a spot-check this afternoon.

The Neighbourhood watch co-ordinator for the road, Anne Moody, said: “The man who came out to inspect the road actually activated people to come and close the road off before he even got out of his van after seeing how bad it was.”

“It has been going on for a long time, we have all been sending messages but it has taken them ages to actually do something.”

Residents say the road has slowly been getting worse for the last 18-months and it is now becoming quite concerning.

Mrs Moody said: “We have been pushed off a bit, all the people at the roads department were very nice, but we never got anywhere.

“But it looks like everybody has got their act together and are actually going to do something.”

“It is a bit concerning, the road has dropped, there are cracks in it and it even looks like it’s going into the pavement now.”

Residents told the BFP they believe that after inspecting and closing the road, boreholes will now be dug to see how deep the ground is below the surface.

The gradual dropping of the road has been a worry for numerous residents with one couple saying they have been driving the long way around to their house rather than risk going over the dip.

Robin Gardner said: “I think it is unsafe, who knows what is underneath it, one day somebody could be driving along or walking and go down there.

“It is all very worrying especially after what happened recently in Walters Ash.”

In a letter sent to the Gardner’s in October last year, Transport for Bucks said: “We are aware of the stability problems on the estate.

“In the summer we excavated another section of the road that was suffering the same problem. We did expect to find a large void. What we found was that the base had just sunk.

“The area was land filled before the building of the houses so there are many spots that are soft. At some stage we will inevitably have to raise the road up to level.

“At this time it is being monitored until work is necessary for safety.”

Residents are now hoping work will begin quickly on the section of the road.

Earlier this year a sinkhole opened up in Walters Ash swallowing a car.

Whilst the reason for the subsidence is not currently clear the previous incident has raised resident’s concerns further.

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10:45pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

This is also the case on Carver Hill Road, Bookerhill Road, Green Street, Dashwood Avenue, West Wycombe Road, New Road, Cressex Road, Chairborough Road... I can go on and on and on.... These entire roads are in a terrible state. Just saying that these roads have potholes will be an insult to one's common sense. Despite more funds from the central government why is this useless council not doing anything at all?
This is also the case on Carver Hill Road, Bookerhill Road, Green Street, Dashwood Avenue, West Wycombe Road, New Road, Cressex Road, Chairborough Road... I can go on and on and on.... These entire roads are in a terrible state. Just saying that these roads have potholes will be an insult to one's common sense. Despite more funds from the central government why is this useless council not doing anything at all? Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 5

6:57am Thu 20 Mar 14

MunsterX says...

HW has some real problems in store. Not only the roads mentioned by BH, but also Amersham Hill, Marlow Hill, Arnison Avenue and Hicks Farm Rise have been completely undermined by the recent rain, the chalk underlying our hills has been completely decimated. There is a huge battle taking place at the moment between WDC and Transport for Bucks because although these holes tend to appear first in road surfaces, underground the story is much worse and the cavities go under most of the houses in the above roads and beyond, and that is the problem. The estimated cost of the concrete and other materials needed to fill the holes in HW alone is over £225 million, and Transport for Bucks believe WDC should pay most as they have responsibility for only a narrow strip of road and WDC for all the rest.
It would be nice if all parties stop pretending this is not happening before hundreds of Wycombe residents die in their sleep. Wycombe will be changed for ever over coming months and most of the hills will ultimately be put to non-residential use.
HW has some real problems in store. Not only the roads mentioned by BH, but also Amersham Hill, Marlow Hill, Arnison Avenue and Hicks Farm Rise have been completely undermined by the recent rain, the chalk underlying our hills has been completely decimated. There is a huge battle taking place at the moment between WDC and Transport for Bucks because although these holes tend to appear first in road surfaces, underground the story is much worse and the cavities go under most of the houses in the above roads and beyond, and that is the problem. The estimated cost of the concrete and other materials needed to fill the holes in HW alone is over £225 million, and Transport for Bucks believe WDC should pay most as they have responsibility for only a narrow strip of road and WDC for all the rest. It would be nice if all parties stop pretending this is not happening before hundreds of Wycombe residents die in their sleep. Wycombe will be changed for ever over coming months and most of the hills will ultimately be put to non-residential use. MunsterX
  • Score: 7

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