Balfour Beatty Reactive Teams & Locality Report

Here is a summary of works carried out by the Reactive teams across the locality during the past week 16/08/19

Old Gore: Cllr Barry Durkin

  • Removed a tree limb on the C1273  x 2 – Made safe by Inspector
  • De veg road signs x 3 in Much Marcle – Made safe by Inspector
  • Attended a Highways incident 1) Fallen tree branch on the B4224 from Fiddlers Green and 2) A large Ash Tree fallen across the C1296 from the B4224 to Fishpool Hill Track
  • Cleansed a gully on the B4224 Fiddlers Green and
  • Re sited a metal fingerpost in Sollershope

Hope End: Cllr Tony Johnson

  • Carried out 17.28 sq metres of 10mm Wearing Course Carriageway Repairs in Old Orchard Lane and Mill Lane
  • Carried out 13 m of verge infill in Evendine Lane
  • Attended 2 Highways incidents 1) Fallen Branch in Evendine lane and 2) Tree across the A449 Chances Pitch
  • Emptied an overflowing bin on the B4220 from Penley to the B4214 and
  • Cleansed 3 gullys in Beacon Road

 

Ledbury North: Cllr Liz Harvey

  • Carried out 7.85 sq metres of 10mm Wearing Course Carriageway Repairs in Knapp Lane
  • Carried out 6 m of verge infill on the C1157 from the B4214 to Munsley Green
  • De veg road signage – Made safe by Inspector x 2
  • Attended a Highways incident whereby a section of the Old Market building fell during the high winds and
  • Cut back 2 m of hedgerow by Inspector

 

Ledbury South: Cllr Helen I`Anson

  • Carried out 15.64 sq metres of 10mm Wearing Course Carriageway Repairs in Clenchers Mill Lane and the C1311
  • Attended a Highways incident whereby a tree had fallen across the A417 from the Bypass to Gloucestershire and
  • Cleansed 1 gully on the A438 Hollybush

 

Ledbury West: Cllr Phillip Howells

  • No Reports

 

During the past week I have:-

  • Conducted my Monthly Driven Inspection of both A and B class roads and raised a number of pothole, gully and grip defects
  • Cut back vegetation around a number of road signs, 2 warning signs in Staplow, 2 warning signs in Upton Bishop, 2 warning signs in Bromyard and 3 School signs in Much Marcle
  • Raised a jetting job at the junction of Evendine Lane with Jubilee Drive, Colwall to deal with an overflowing water outlet from the Malvern Hills
  • Attended an Emergency in Walwyn Road, Colwall regarding fallen branches
  • Inspected a gas reinstatement in Walwyn Road, Colwall and liaised with the Company Director regarding the quality of work. The following day I Defected the reinstatement seeking a joint visit with the company to make good the works
  • Attended an Emergency on the B4224 in Lea whilst covering for a colleague and removed  an overhanging branch
  • Conducted my Monthly Driven Inspection of U and C class roads and raised almost 50 carriageway defects
  • Removed overhanging branches at 2 different locations in Brampton Abbots
  • Discovered additional Grit bins which have appeared in the recent hedge cutting operation by landowners and added them to our database
  • Inspected a PROW in Sollershope (SH13) and raised an Enquiry for the Enforcement Officer
  • Inspected a PROW in Woolhope following a report of a failed ditch crossing which in fact was fine
  • Assisted my colleague to conduct their Monthly Driven Inspection of both A and B class roads in the Bromyard Locality and finally
  • Attended the fortnightly Locality Stewards Briefing

 

Next week I intend to:-

  • Conduct my Monthly Walked Inspection of Ledbury
  • Conduct my Monthly Inspection of Playgrounds in Ledbury and
  • Assist my Bromyard colleague to conduct their Monthly Inspection of U and C class roads

 

Major Road Works

A reminder that major road works commence next Monday, August 19, and may affect journey times and routes.

  • Four stretches of the A4103 Hereford to Worcester road will be resurfaced between August 19th and 29th and
  • Four stretches of the A438 Hereford to Brecon Road will be improved between August 19th and 30th .

 

Diversion maps can be viewed on Twitter https://twitter.com/HfdsStreets/status/1160824548964610048

If you require any further information or advice please contact our Customer Service Team on 01432 261800. All local businesses and residents in the areas concerned have been written to with copies of the diversion route and other information.

Still time to have a say on rights of way…

A number of people have come forward and expressed an interest in becoming a member of the Herefordshire Local Access Forum (HLAF) but there’s still time to get involved.

The forum seeks to ensure that all interests relating to Public Rights of Way in the county are represented and heard. The Forum provides views and advice to Herefordshire Council and other bodies, such as Government departments, Natural England, Forestry Commission, English Heritage and Sport England.

You might be a landowner, walker, horse rider or have an interest in wildlife, conservation, disability access, heritage, conservation, tourism or sport. You might be a local business or involved in outdoor education and pursuits.

The Forum meets twice a year, with a few training and development sessions in between each meeting, and members volunteer to serve for a three-year term. While the post is unpaid, reasonable expenses incurred while carrying out duties are reimbursed.

If you are interested in helping shape rights of way in the future, call Sue White, Public Rights of Way Team Leader, on 01432 261800 for a chat.

View more about the Forum: https://twitter.com/HfdsStreets/status/1153969182020648960

View more about Public Rights of Way: https://twitter.com/HfdsStreets/status/1154315497829261312

 

Stoke Lacy – Bridge Closure

Strengthening work on Stoke Lacy Bridge (A465) started on Monday 12th August and the bridge will remain closed until the work has been completed, a period of up to eight weeks.

It is not possible to keep the bridge partly open as we have to dig down to its original arch before installing a new concrete ‘saddle’ over it. If you or someone you know needs to use this road, please plan ahead.

More information is available on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HfdsStreets/status/1155833188238942208

A copy of the diversion map can be viewed at: https://twitter.com/HfdsStreets/status/1155834200156753922

 

Litter Picking

You may be aware that as an organisation Balfour Beatty offer opportunities for organised groups to borrow litter pick packs for use at specific events and tidy ups in their communities.  We will then organise to collect the rubbish following the event. In order to make this service accessible we have recently created a toolkit outlining who can borrow these kits and the process required. It is hoped that this would make the running of this service more user friendly and encourage more individuals to do their bit in their communities.

The toolkit, including an interactive form, is available on the Herefordshire Council website (see link below).

If you know of any interested individuals or groups please encourage them to take advantage of this free service.

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/downloads/file/14134/community_litter_pick_toolkit

You may also be aware of the Herefordshire Council ‘Stop the Drop’ campaign which encourages the responsible disposal of litter waste and provides strategies to reduce the volume of litter produced.

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/stopthedrop

The campaign was launched in January 2016 following concerns about the amount of litter in Herefordshire and the impact this could have on visitor numbers and the reputation of the county as well as the impact on wildlife and the environment.

Businesses, Community Groups and Individuals can all make a Litter Pledge to help Stop the Drop and keep Herefordshire clear of litter

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200226/report_a_problem/107/litter/7

 

Useful Information

 

If you access the section `Travel and Transport` and the sub section `Roads`…….this will give access to information on:-

  • Road works and closures,
  • Traffic Regulation Orders,
  • Gritting Routes,
  • your Local Parish Council,
  • Fly Tipping,
  • Resurfacing,
  • Flooding and
  • Reporting a pothole.

 

Please note that Herefordshire Council strongly encourages Balfour Beatty to promote all service requests and queries should be logged via the HC website at  https://myaccount.herefordshire.gov.uk/report-a-pothole   or called through to the call handling team on 01432  261800.

Please encourage individuals to use the website or call the customer services call handling team.

This will help ensure that everything is logged in to the operating system known as CONFIRM where it can be responded to in a timely way.

Alternatively you can see what’s been logged already: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/249/pothole_and_road_defect_progress_map/1

 

  • For any PROW (Public Rights of Way) maps or problems, you can report these via the following link on the Herefordshire Council`s website:

You can search for PROW information on the map using:- Footpath references, Postcodes, Addresses and Grid References e.g. 354000 254000

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200136/travel_and_transport/248/public_rights_of_way_map