The potholes on our road are a disgrace

Echo: Barry Baker Barry Baker

FRUSTRATED residents are taking a campaign to fix their road, which has 36 potholes, all the way to the top.

Homeowners in Atridge Chase, Billericay, say it has become such a crumbling mess, they are going to the local government ombudsman.

The ombudsman’s job is to take up people’s complaints against councils and get a resolution It comes as Essex County Council is hit with another compensation claim in a street which averages more than one pothole per household.

After concerns raised by the Echo, the county council has admitted the road is dangerous and vowed to carry out works to make it safe.

Denis Hart, 86, who lives on the road, said: “It’s worse than a ThirdWorld country. It’s disgusting.

“I phoned the council over two years ago about this and they haven’t done anything about it.

“The whole street wants this sorting out. Most of the residents down the road are elderly and one has had a nasty fall this year.

“We are all getting frightened about the lights going out and it’s a disgrace to Great Britain in 2013.”

Residents have previously been told the road was fit for purpose.

Barry Baker, of The Hatherley, Basildon, “nosedived” into the road’s worst pothole when visiting his mother on the street.

He is suing the county council after the hole cracked his windscreen and punctured his tyre.

He said: “I went to my mum’s house and the road was so bad if I walked over it, I would have broken my ankle. It needs sorting out.”

Former Billericay town councillor Terence Gandy has stepped in to lobby Essex County Council for a year.

He said: “I am not going to bother with Essex County Council any more as it is not getting on with anything.

“It’s bad enough that the residents have to put up with this, but drivers from other parts of Essex who are not aware of the dangers drive down here at normal speed and have horrific damage to their cars and possibly themselves.”

An Essex Highways spokesman said: “After a robust investigation and assessment of the area, it has been found that a road defect has deteriorated in condition.

“Works will be undertaken to make safe this defect and a permanent repair will follow soon."

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2:39pm Sun 29 Dec 13

emcee says...

It is amazing that ECC always deem a road unsafe, when they previously deemed it OK, and put the wheels in motion to make repairs, only once the press are involved, someone sues or the issue is taken to a higher authority.

People really MUST take matters further if claims are refused because, it seems, that is the only way ECC will listen and do something about it. If ECC needs to be bullied into getting the roads back into shape and paying out on claims then so be it.
It is amazing that ECC always deem a road unsafe, when they previously deemed it OK, and put the wheels in motion to make repairs, only once the press are involved, someone sues or the issue is taken to a higher authority. People really MUST take matters further if claims are refused because, it seems, that is the only way ECC will listen and do something about it. If ECC needs to be bullied into getting the roads back into shape and paying out on claims then so be it. emcee

3:51pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Nebs says...

If the road is dangerous then ECC should close it to traffic until such time as repairs are carried out.
If the road is dangerous then ECC should close it to traffic until such time as repairs are carried out. Nebs

4:04pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Worse than a third world country?

Bit of an exaggeration granddad!

Unless he means Basildon which as we all know is thought of as one by the residents of Billericay
Worse than a third world country? Bit of an exaggeration granddad! Unless he means Basildon which as we all know is thought of as one by the residents of Billericay Howard Cháse

4:25pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Audioman says...

Why are the lights going out then
Why are the lights going out then Audioman

7:53pm Sun 29 Dec 13

news4us says...

Good luck - but we all know how much the wretched ECC hates anyone and anything south of Chelmsford - Deanes School, A 127 lights off. - and just wait till the gritting scrum when south Essex roads will get a sudden downgrade!
Good luck - but we all know how much the wretched ECC hates anyone and anything south of Chelmsford - Deanes School, A 127 lights off. - and just wait till the gritting scrum when south Essex roads will get a sudden downgrade! news4us

8:45pm Sun 29 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

I went to Billericay last week and was amazed at how poor the side roads were compared with Southend area.
I went to Billericay last week and was amazed at how poor the side roads were compared with Southend area. DogsMessInLeigh

8:50pm Sun 29 Dec 13

John T Pharro says...

emcee wrote:
It is amazing that ECC always deem a road unsafe, when they previously deemed it OK, and put the wheels in motion to make repairs, only once the press are involved, someone sues or the issue is taken to a higher authority.

People really MUST take matters further if claims are refused because, it seems, that is the only way ECC will listen and do something about it. If ECC needs to be bullied into getting the roads back into shape and paying out on claims then so be it.
Well said. There are probably hundreds of roads like this all over a Essex. Have you ever seen how Essex CC Highways "repair" potholes? They just tip in chipings throw over Tarmac and let the traffic roll it in. Other than like other Councils which you see on TV gunning out the pothole, properly filling it and rolling it in. Beyond a shadow of doubt Essex CC Highways are the worst department of possible the worst County Council in Britain.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: It is amazing that ECC always deem a road unsafe, when they previously deemed it OK, and put the wheels in motion to make repairs, only once the press are involved, someone sues or the issue is taken to a higher authority. People really MUST take matters further if claims are refused because, it seems, that is the only way ECC will listen and do something about it. If ECC needs to be bullied into getting the roads back into shape and paying out on claims then so be it.[/p][/quote]Well said. There are probably hundreds of roads like this all over a Essex. Have you ever seen how Essex CC Highways "repair" potholes? They just tip in chipings throw over Tarmac and let the traffic roll it in. Other than like other Councils which you see on TV gunning out the pothole, properly filling it and rolling it in. Beyond a shadow of doubt Essex CC Highways are the worst department of possible the worst County Council in Britain. John T Pharro

10:36pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Thats not a pothole numpty, thats worn tarmac, over a hardened concrete base, grow a pair....
Thats not a pothole numpty, thats worn tarmac, over a hardened concrete base, grow a pair.... Nowthatsworthknowing

12:37am Mon 30 Dec 13

Devils Advocate says...

They are also not bothering too much with the lighting defects if you report them on line. Both the keep left signs and the give way at the east end of the Gore have been reported several times, but they have not been repaired for more than a year from when I first reported them. Plus the "Keep right" sign is missing from the calming island a little further along the Gore. I know of two cars that have mounted the island where the solar powered "Keep right" sign was mounted. The council have wound a couple of turns round the mounting pole. I worry about a cyclist whacking into this some dark night!
They are also not bothering too much with the lighting defects if you report them on line. Both the keep left signs and the give way at the east end of the Gore have been reported several times, but they have not been repaired for more than a year from when I first reported them. Plus the "Keep right" sign is missing from the calming island a little further along the Gore. I know of two cars that have mounted the island where the solar powered "Keep right" sign was mounted. The council have wound a couple of turns round the mounting pole. I worry about a cyclist whacking into this some dark night! Devils Advocate

8:32am Mon 30 Dec 13

uppy45 says...

Cant pay out for repairs,Lord Hanningfields wages could be affected!
Cant pay out for repairs,Lord Hanningfields wages could be affected! uppy45

9:39am Mon 30 Dec 13

Stamper2 says...

What about the state of either the A127 at the Basildon turn-off , or near the traffic lights at the Pipps Retail Park junction?

If you like pot holes, then this is pot hole heaven, for the rest of us, it is hell.
What about the state of either the A127 at the Basildon turn-off [London direction], or near the traffic lights at the Pipps Retail Park junction? If you like pot holes, then this is pot hole heaven, for the rest of us, it is hell. Stamper2

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