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Taymount Rise - Road conditions

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John Redfern
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Posted on Saturday, 11 January, 2003 - 05:08 pm:   

I would like to bring to light the appalling condition of the road around the 'Roundabout' at the top of Taymount Rise. The road is littered with many large deep potholes which are spreading rapidly.Despite many representations to the council including a petition, it is apparently a 'Low Priority' road and as such will not be repaired in the foreseeable future. The road is the ONLY means of access to approximately 200 households and it is LOW PRIORITY! I have lived at the top of Taymount Rise for over 30 years and in all that time the road has never been resufaced as far as I can recall!
Being Low Priority also means that during the recent snow the road was not gritted until the second day, effectively stranding many people at the top of a Very Steep, Very Slippery hill.
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Posted on Thursday, 23 January, 2003 - 10:48 am:   

I agree with you! I thought it have must been a private road when I first saw it - it's certainly one of the most pooly maintained public roads I have ever seen. I wonder if anything else can be done to persuade the council to sort it out?

We will be moving into Taymount Grange in the near future, so will probably add our two penneth by way of a letter.

I was wondering if anyone knew anything of the history of Taymount Grange? I have been told that it was originally some kind of 30s 'appartment hotel' but would be interested to know more.
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Posted on Thursday, 23 January, 2003 - 01:43 pm:   

Not only is the road from top to bottom in dire need of repair but so to are the pavements + street lights which are too a far apart and too weak to light the road - not the safest of roads to walk up at night.
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Posted on Saturday, 25 January, 2003 - 04:25 pm:   

I think Taymount Grange was originally some sort of Sports/Country club. I know there were Tennis courts etc in the area behind the Bungalows and the new block of flats and the space now occupied by Forestholme Close.
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Posted on Tuesday, 04 February, 2003 - 01:25 pm:   

The local history book has Taymount Grange built as a mansion block with tennis courts attached - aerial photo with "Queen's Club" whitelined on - following a brief resurgence in Forest Hill's fashionability in the '30s. I read somewhere else that it was built as a hotel. Perhaps it was something like serviced apartments as the "professional classes" probably did not do their own cooking as much as they do now.
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Posted on Tuesday, 11 February, 2003 - 10:15 am:   

Hi Rich, Thanks for the info. Could you tell ne the name / ISBN of the book you've got?
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Posted on Monday, 24 February, 2003 - 12:32 pm:   

The book is I think called "Forest Hill and Sydenham Past" and should still be available from WH Smith next to the station, which is where I bought it. It's not bad, but hasn't got much in of more recent history - ie after about 1960.
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Posted on Monday, 24 February, 2003 - 04:13 pm:   

If they've sold out at WHSmith then they also sell it at the Horniman.
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Posted on Friday, 21 November, 2003 - 03:18 pm:   

I complained to the council through their website. I received a very courteous reply, which although promising to send someone to inspect the roundabout, said the road wasn't on the list for the next year. I thought that was that.

But today I received another email and - gasp - following the inspection, they managed to 'identify'* some funds and will be resurfacing the roundabout and a short bit of road leading to it in a few weeks' time! Woo hoo!

So, writing to the council does work. Don't assume that everyone else has already done it or that it's pointless - give it a go if your road is dangerously pot-holed.

*this conjures up the image of sacks of money sitting around and someone saying 'you know, i think that might be the 'funds' thing people keep talking about'.
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Posted on Friday, 21 November, 2003 - 03:20 pm:   

BTW I wasn't implying that no one has complained before. And I didn't expect anything to be done either. :)
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Posted on Saturday, 22 November, 2003 - 09:15 am:   

See my post on the other Taymount Rise thread
Councillor Susan Wise
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Posted on Sunday, 25 January, 2004 - 04:51 pm:   

The resurfacing of Taymount Rise roundabout is now complete. This has been carried out as part of Lewisham borough's road resurfacing programme, but also by listening to the concerns and complaints of our local residents. Any feedback most welcome.
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Posted on Monday, 26 January, 2004 - 09:03 am:   

A job well done - finally! The circular letter from the Council said it was a 3 day job- what it didn't say was that it would be spread over a whole 7 day period. Perhaps now we could have the road gritted when we have snow rather than leaving residents marooned at the top of a very steep and slippery hill until the second or third day.Last year a builder working in the road actually put down sand - presumably more for his own benefit than anything elses. Some years ago the council put a salt bin on the roundabout but rarely kept it filled and eventually removed it.Perhaps this could be re-instated. At least then residents could use it to treat the worst bit of the road when necessary.
Lance Wannabe
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Posted on Friday, 30 January, 2004 - 09:46 am:   

I'm glad that the LA has finally sorted out the road surface at the top of the hill (it certainly needed it) but could they not have spared a tiny bit of time and tarmac to fill the couple of large, deep potholes lower down Taymount Rise? Sorry to be a moaning minnie but, given that the holes in question are big enough to damage a car, I've been lucky to escape unscathed on my bike when oncoming traffic has made it impossible for me to cycle around the holes.
cllr David Whiting
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Posted on Tuesday, 03 February, 2004 - 01:19 pm:   

In response to the questions raised, I've asked highways to be clearer in future that repairs might be spread over a longer period that the time they actually take.

Potholes and resurfacing are done by different crews. Would Lance Wannabe let me have the locations of the holes of particular concern which still need fixing, please?

cllr David Whiting
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Posted on Tuesday, 03 February, 2004 - 03:42 pm:   

My latest information is that the remainder of Taymount Rise will be resurfaced in the Summer (date to be advised).

If there is anything specifically dangerous, I will attempt to get a temporary repair.

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Posted on Sunday, 29 February, 2004 - 10:18 am:   

Thanks David, that is good news. The worst pothole is on the left side on the way down the hill, approx. where the old church and 'modern' flats meet. It'd be good to see it filled but if the road is to be resurfaced in the summer, I guess it can wait.
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Posted on Tuesday, 01 March, 2005 - 08:46 am:   

Well its just over a year now since cllr Whiting said in his post above that the rest of Taymount Rise would be resurfaced 'during the summer'.We're still waiting! A couple of the worst potholes were repaired and even though many were marked with white paint these were not done. The only really GOOD thing that happened was that we seem to have been put on the 'Gritting List' and the road has had regular attention during the recent bad weather.
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Posted on Wednesday, 02 March, 2005 - 09:10 pm:   

Before they did it up Ewelm road resembled the Congo for its roads
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Posted on Wednesday, 09 March, 2005 - 10:32 am:   

At least the extra street lights have been erected. Not sure if they've been plugged in though... I am offering my services for the official lighting ceremony.
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Posted on Wednesday, 09 March, 2005 - 10:34 am:   

are you going to smash a bottle of Asti against them to offically switch em on?
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Posted on Wednesday, 09 March, 2005 - 11:19 am:   

Maybe Tory boy can turn up and say a few words.
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Posted on Wednesday, 09 March, 2005 - 11:39 pm:   

The fixed some of the potholes today!!

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