Work to start on Playhatch Road following residents meeting

The B478 Playhatch Road suffered significant damage when river levels rose at the start of the year leaving embankments eroded and the surface cracked. It has since been reduced to one lane for safety reasons while investigations were carried out and plans for repair agreed.

A meeting was held at the French Horn restaurant, chaired by Councillor David Bartholomew, member for Sonning, where council officials took residents and local businesses through the planned repair work and the alternative methods of delivery, with the meeting reaching a unanimous decision.

The work has been organised to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and that the road is still usable during this time, with access to Sonning and the surrounding businesses being unaffected.

Work is due to start on 15 September and be completed by mid-November. All work will be carried out during the day with a lane being kept open. Traffic will be managed by traffic lights.

Councillor David Nimmo-Smith, Cabinet member for Transport, said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to discuss the options with the residents and come to a solution that is agreed upon by all parties.

“This work is going to be very important and despite it taking some time to get to this point, I am delighted that the work will start very soon and the road can fully reopen in a matter of weeks.”