Road resurfacing

The resurfacing of Russell Road and Wolsey Road in 2016 led to some anxieties and queries from residents who were concerned about the loose chippings remaining on the roads immediately after resurfacing.

The Russell Road and Wolsey Road surface dressings are the first stage of the implementation of the policy of continuous renewal of Moor Park's roads. The company's strategy is to extend the lifetime of the roads, balancing longevity against cost. The policy of road renewal was established at a consultation meeting with members in February 2014 where the option of surface dressing was proposed as the default option based on a report by the consultants, Peter Brett Associates. A schedule was established which will address all roads on the Estate, except for those roads in the control of Hertfordshire Highways, namely Astons Road and upper Main Avenue - which were given a type of surface treatment about four years ago.

The Board recommended surface dressing roads rather than wholesale road resurfacing because the latter would be substantially more costly and given the low traffic levels may neither be necessary nor cost-effective. This is because Moor Park's roads are in structurally good condition. As advised by the consultants, the most appropriate surface dressing for Russell and Wolsey roads was 'tar, spray and chip': this is two layers applied at the same time. The bitumen layer seals cracks and the chips are then embedded into the bitumen to provide texture, grip and wear. The main disadvantage of this approach is that the chippings remain on the surface for some weeks despite regular 'sweepings'.

After some initial troubles, the road surfaces stabilised. There is a short stretch of Russell Road where the underlying road surface had failed and this section had to be reconstructed. Currently it looks different because complete reconstruction means replacing the whole surface layer with a new layer of hot rolled bitumen. After the surface dressing had settled down and the last of the loose chippings were removed, the surface dressed sections and the reconstituted section merged into a similar appearance.

In June 2017 the second stage of the programme was completed. Askew Road, Sandy Lodge Road and Sandy Lodge Lane were repaired and re-covered by a different methodology and with new substances, including a Colas surface without gravel. Before finally committing to this work, the Board waited until Russell and Wolsey roads settled down and the pros and cons of other surface treatments were considered. The new surfaces are considered to be 2017, after a period of wait-and-see, the Board will then consider fresh plans for stage three, that is to replace the surfaces on other Moor Park roads including Pembroke, Bedford and Ormonde. Hertfordshire County Council, who are responsible for Main Avenue and Astons Road, have indicated that resurfacing will be done there in 2018.

We hope this explanation will reassure residents that the Board has taken the best professional advice and have responded to comments made by residents at the AGM and to staff. It is considered that the current policy is a satisfactory solution for Moor Park's roads.

Updated June 2017