Road Damage

Pothole in the Carriageway

A pothole is a sharp edged depression in the carriageway greater than 40mm deep. The severity of the pothole is also determined by the risk it poses to road users. This is difficult to judge since all potholes present some risk. Potholes should be reported immediately to Council Connect.

Damaged Road Surface

Poor road surfaces or sunken patches can be reported to Council Connect for Highway Inspection.

Gully and Manhole Covers

Gullies and their immediate pipe connection are emptied and cleansed as part of an annual proactive maintenance programme. If a gully cover is broken, collapsing, missing or dropped into its hole, and so is a danger, this should be reported immediately to Council Connect.

Faded or Worn Road Markings 

Existing road marking relining requests should be reported to Council Connect for Highway Inspection. New road markings are considered as a Highway Improvement and can also be requested through Council Connect.

Obstruction on the Highway

Oil/Fuel Spills

If there is a significant spillage of oil/fuel on the highway, this should be reported to Council Connect for a Highway Inspection.

Mud & Debris

In the event of excess debris on the highway, please report the details, including an exact description of the obstruction and where it is, to Council Connect for a Highway Inspection.

Encroachment of the Highway  

Any obstruction on the public highway must be appropiately licenced by Bath & North East Somerset Council. Any unlicenced obstruction is an encroachment of the highway and should be reported to Council Connect for Highway Inspection.

Unauthorised Signage

Placing an illegal sign is an encroachment of the highway. If a person without lawful authority or excuse in any way wilfully obstructs the fress passage along a highway, they are guilty of an offence. In such cases Bath & North East Somerset Council has legal powers to enforce the removal of all illegal signs.

Discharging Water on the Highway

If significant water is illegally discharging on to the highway, this should be reported to Council Connect for Highway Inspection.

Manhole Covers

If a manhole cover is causing an obstruction, collapsing, missing or dropped into its hole, and so is a danger, this should be reported immediately to Council Connect. The majority of manhole covers are not Bath & North East Somerset Council's responsibility; however we will inspect and pass to the relevant utility company for repair.

Overhanging Vegetation

Hedges and trees that grow on the boundary of the highway or on adjacent land but overhang the public highway are generally the responsibility of the adjoining property or land owner. Bath & North East Somerset Council only intervene if there is a safety concern associated with the hedge. In the event that the landowner does not remove obstructions due to overhanging trees or protuding hedges/plants after enforecement, the Authority may remedy the problem and recharge the landowner. To report an overhanging vegetation obstruction on the highway please contact Council Connect for Highway Inspection.

Fallen Trees and Branches

If a tree or branch has fallen and is obstructing the highway, please contact Council Connect for Highway Inspection. For trees that have fallen into telephone lines please contact British Telecom on 0800 800 151, for trees that have fallen into power lines please contact Western Power Distribution on 0800 365 900.

To report road damage or obstruction on the highway please contact Council Connect on 01225 394041, email Council_connect@bathnes.gov.uk or use the online report it form.

 

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