Road surface is a total disaster
IN reference to 'Potholes keep on coming back' from Matthew Fresson, of Churchfield Avenue, Dresden, (The Sentinel, February 14).
I have lived in Churchfield Avenue, Dresden, for 40 years and in the Dresden area for 66 years.
The houses in this avenue were built in 1935. It was called Copes Avenue back in those days. The hardcore under the tarmac is just basic, very old, common house bricks, which over the years get very soft and break up easily. This means the tarmac top finish coating breaks up, hence huge potholes in the road all along this avenue.
Also, there were no compacting machines in those days, so the hardcore keeps on breaking up all of the time, hence so does the tarmac top finish on the road.
It is terrible, you can see the bricks coming up to the surface of the tarmac. I have written to my MP Rob Flello about it all. He has been on to the council, who in turn have done nothing to rectify all this.
It is no good just resurfacing the avenue, it requires the correct base to be installed first. Hence, they just keep patching the road surface.
I say that in a nutshell, if the foundation of the whole road is made up of old materials which are no good and are not allowed to be used anymore, then the finished surface of the road is also not going to be any use at all.
The whole lot needs to be fetched up and re-laid again, and with all the cuts going on, when will it be rectified? And yes, it is dangerous.
The last time the avenue was resurfaced with green-coloured tarmac was back in the 1970s, and has been patched up ever since.