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Case Study

Road Warden Scheme in Thornbury Hamlets

man in hi vis jacket with wheelbarrow and spade filling in pothole

Since joining the Road Warden Scheme early in 2018, Thornbury Hamlets has been proactive in logging and addressing the non-intervention potholes in the parish.  The response from residents and the grant received from the HMCEF has been very positive, with volunteers of all ages, who are keen to ‘do their bit’ to make our roads safer and last longer.

Up to the end of May 2018, the Thornbury Hamlets Road Warden Scheme has filled some 35 potholes on our roads and has plans for 30 more soon.  Our aim is to be in the position to address new potholes as soon as they are reported.

Thornbury has mostly narrow country lanes, where the single carriageway can be prone to damage from heavy agricultural and commercial traffic and where the width of the road makes it impossible for drivers to avoid potholes when they appear.  It is vital that we intervene as swiftly as possible once they are reported, to prevent more major damage occurring.

The time to complete each pothole is approximately 10 minutes, including cleaning, filling and consolidation.  This minimises the time that volunteers are working in the road and hence reduces the risk to them.

In future, the parish aim to continue the work with potholes but also to start to address the state of the signposts around the parish (some of which are mounted on wooden backplates) and other works to improve the look of the parish.

 

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