Isobel is a Conservative local councillor on Reading Borough Council, first elected in 2006. She represents Mapledurham Ward. This is her personal blog with news & her views.
If you would like to contact Isobel, emails may be sent to mail@IsobelBallsdon.com and will be treated in confidence
Thanks to the Conservative-led Government’s Local Transport
Plan Settlement for Reading, our town’s roads are benefiting from £1.38
In lower Caversham earlier this summer, resurfacing took
place in Hemdean and Gosbrook Road. Now
in Caversham Heights we are about to benefit from a share of the £368,000
programme of resurfacing residential streets and minor roads (part of the £1.38m).
Twenty-seven minor roads and residential streets' surfaces are
to be renewed to improve routes for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and
The minor roads surfacing programme will begin on Monday,
September 8, and is planned to run until Saturday, September 20. Any required
road-marking and ironwork adjustment will follow during the two weeks after
In Woodcote Way, between Geoffreyson and the junction with
the Upper Woodcote Roads, surfacing work is schedule for Friday 12
September. This follows the recent work
to seal the joints using a bituminous material with fine aggregate over the top
to provide grip. I’m advised that on the
12th a 12 mm thick micro asphalt layer will be used to seal the road,
giving a finish similar to the top part of Woodcote Way which was done last
Road-marking is due to be carried out approximately seven
days later when ironworks will also be raised.
The section of Woodcote Way will be closed during surfacing work with
temporary parking restrictions in place.
St Peter’s Avenue, between Highmoor Road and Kelmscott Close
is also scheduled to be resurfaced on 12 September though the work is
anticipated to take two days rather than just one. Road-marking is due to be
carried out approximately seven days later when ironworks will also be raised.
The road will be closed during surfacing work with temporary parking
restrictions in force.
Work to put right pronounced dip
A couple of months ago I was pleased that my
persistence in repeatedly reporting a pronounced dip near number 47 Woodcote
Way paid off and the remedial work necessary was carried out. Concrete was pumped underneath the concrete slab which alleviated some of the problem to a point with the slab no longer moving when buses went over it. This enabled the council's contractors to build up the road and reset the kerbs on the side of the road.
If you have a particular bugbear with any of the local roads
do let me know so I can do my best to exert pressure on Reading Borough Council
to sort it out.
A full list of the roads included in this phase of resurfacing works can be found here.