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Uneven pavements

Reported via desktop in the Pavement and Cycle path category anonymously at 21:53, Tuesday 25 January 2022

Sent to Central Bedfordshire Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 366385.

Outside number 38 first avenue, raised pavement slabs which have been like it for months. Not just here but the whole road has numerous areas where slabs are raised making it extremely hazardous to pedestrians, particularly the older residents on the street. It doesn’t feel safe to walk along the pavements, the whole street needs a complete slab replacement or probably even better all with tarmac. Please don’t wait until somebody gets seriously hurt.

All the other surrounding streets have been tarmacked but in First Avenue where it appears to be worse than anywhere and is a street particularly used by a lot of the local community, frustratingly this has not been done

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  • State changed to: Investigating

    Updated by Central Bedfordshire Council at 21:53, Tuesday 25 January 2022

  • I haven’t received any responses to my report on uneven pavements. Since then you have been along First Avenue and patched up (badly) odd paving slabs that were damaged by replacing them with patches of tarmac. This is really not good enough, you have made the uneven pavements worse by this patching process, it has made the street look like an eyesore, but more importantly has made no difference to the original issue of uneven pavements being unsafe to walk on. The new patches of tarmac have lips on them where they sit above the slabs around them, how does this resolve the issue?? they are still a trip hazard. Surely this patching process is a false economy, tarmac on the whole pavement, as has been done in many of the surrounding streets, must be the most beneficial financial route and would resolve the uneven surface issues once and for all. Please do not let us have to wait until one of our many long term elderly residents trip with a serious outcome …. as council tax payers we should at least be able to expect safe pavements to walk on in the streets we live in. I would be interested to have your responses as to why a full tarmac is not possible please.

    Posted anonymously at 22:30, Thursday 3 February 2022

  • I haven.t received any responses to my report on uneven pavements. Since then you have been along First Avenue and patched up (badly) odd paving slabs that were damaged by replacing them with patches of tarmac. This is really not good enough, you have made the uneven pavements worse by this patching process, it has made the street look like an eyesore, but more importantly has made no difference to the original issue of uneven pavements being unsafe to walk on. The new patches of tarmac have lips on them where they sit above the slabs around them, how does this resolve the issue?? they are still a trip hazard. Surely this patching process is a false economy, tarmac on the whole pavement, as has been done in many of the surrounding streets, must be the most beneficial financial route and would resolve the uneven surface issues once and for all. Please do not let us have to wait until one of our many long term elderly residents trip with a serious outcome .. as council tax payers we should at least be able to expect safe pavements to walk on in the streets we live in. I would be interested to have your responses as to why a full tarmac is not possible please.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 22:31, Thursday 3 February 2022

  • Thank you for submitting your Highways report.

    We have undertaken all footway repairs that required urgent intervention which we considered to be Cat 1 defects. Unfortunately the Highways Area Team do not have the budget to resurface this whole area.

    The footways have been added to the structural maintenance list to be considered for full resurface works for the whole of First Avenue. This is a list that has a four-year turnaround but is assessed on a yearly basis.

    Many thanks,
    Central Bedfordshire Council Highways

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 09:48, Friday 4 February 2022

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