As you will see from the picture on the right, there were some quite deep potholes along that section of the road, so of which were quite deep.
For those of you who haven’t travelled that way through the village, they are currently digging up the road to a depth of about 12 inches in places in an attempt to repair the extensive damage caused to the road during the very heavy snow we had over the winter.
It had been estimated that about £10 Million would be required to repair the potholes created as a result of the harsh winter we’ve had, but at a recent Parish Council meeting, County Councillor Keith Chapman gave an update to the situation.
The figure is now estimated to be in the region of £100 Million pounds as the damage has been found to be more severe than first thought.
Potholes are created when water that has seeped into the cracks in the road surface freezes. As the water freezes and turns into ice, it expands. As the ice expands, it widens the crack in the road which leads to the edges becoming loose. As traffic passes over these cracks, it may also cause larger ‘chunks’ of the road to become loose thus deepening, widening and forming the eventual pothole.
During our “normal” winters, the base of the road surface doesn’t usually reach temperatures below zero degrees. Apparently, during this winter, temperature gauges that had been placed under the road surfaces indicated that temperatures had managed to reach well below zero. This in effect means that the cracks from ice formation were occurring much deeper in to the road material than normal. This goes some way to explaining why there appears to be much more damage than normal.
Many of us in the village have noted just how long it appears to be taking to fix the potholes on our local roads. Partly, this is down to the sheer number of potholes and the scale of the project required to fix them. We must remember that Hampshire is quite a large county after all, but one of the other problems is that at the moment, every pothole has to be logged in order for a team to be allocated to it and eventually turn up and repair it. If someone was to report a pothole in one place, and there was a second pothole a short distance away, now to you and I, common sense would suggest that on turning up to fix the reported pothole, they would see the second one and repair that. Unfortunately, in real life, that was not occurring probably down to some level of bureaucracy that they only get paid for fixing the holes that are reported. County Councillor Keith Chapman stated that moves were afoot to rectify this situation with a re-evaluation of the contracts awarded to the companies involved.
What we can do as villagers?
By far the best course of action on finding a pothole is to report the matter directly to the roads and transport team at Hampshire Council.
You can do this by going directly to their page for reporting potholes.
We need to report each and every pothole, no matter how close they appear next to each other, and we can’t rely upon someone else reporting them. The more reports they get about a pothole, the sooner they are likely to come repair it.
Before you report the pothole, make sure you have the following information available.
- A brief description of the defect (i.e Pothole approx 24″ long, 3″ deep
at edge of road)
- Note the nearest town/village/parish (i.e. is it closer to Bramley, Sherfield,
Sherbourne St John)
- The road name, road number (i.e A347 or “The Street”)
- The name or number of nearby houses/property, or any other information
to provide detail about the location.
You will be asked to provide your own contact information in case the council
need to contact you about any further information that they might require.
Even at this late stage, it is still worth reporting any potholes that you come across.