The road re-surfacing programme for Moor Park began in 2016 with new surfaces for Russell Road and Wolsey Road. In 2017 it was the turn of Askew Road, Sandy Lodge Road and Sandy Lodge Lane. In 2018, in the third stage, North Approach and South Approach were given new surfaces.
The Russell Road and Wolsey Road surface dressings were 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 addressed all roads on the Estate, except for those roads in the control of Hertfordshire Highways, namely Astons Road and upper Main Avenue.
The Board recommended surface dressing roads rather than wholesale road resurfacing because the latter is 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. 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.
The next stage of road resurfacing in 2017 was on Askew Road, Sandy Lodge Road and Sandy Lodge Lane. Before finally committing to this work, the Board waited until Russell and Wolsey roads had settled down and the pros and cons of other surface treatments were considered. The road consultants were also replaced by a new consultant who advised on a slightly different surface for the three roads. In 2018 the Board continued with this policy with new dressings on North Approach and South Approach. Hertfordshire County Council, who are responsible for Main Avenue, re-surfaced this road in June 2018. In 2019, Moor Park (1958) Limited will continue into the fourth year of re-surfacing. The designated roads have not yet been selected but among the candidates are Thornhill Road, Pembroke Road and Ormonde Road.
The Board hopes that this explanation will reassure residents that the Board has taken the best professional advice and while residents may not have realised the short term consequences of the surface dressing strategy with loose chippings on the roads, it is considered that the current policy is a satisfactory solution for Moor Park’s roads.
Updated July 2018