Please can we sort out this pavement!

Echo: Concern - Mr Bull in his wheelchair in Rectory Road, Hadleigh Concern - Mr Bull in his wheelchair in Rectory Road, Hadleigh

A MAN has started a petition in an attempt to persuade the county council to fix a dangerous footpath in Hadleigh.

Alexander George Bull, 86, who uses an electric wheelchair, says he faces danger every time he travels along the uneven pavement from Poors Lane to Rectory Road.

The path, which is on a camber, is missing kerb stones and Mr Bull is worried his wheelchair could tip into the busy road.

Mr Bull, of Fernwood, said: “The path has not been touched for 20 years. There are no kerb stones in some parts. It is highly dangerous. It slopes down to the road, we have huge puddles and it’s a very uneven surface.”

Mr Bull has been in contact with several authorities, including Castle Point Council and Essex County Council, for more than 20 years regarding the issue.

He has also gained the support of county councillor Jillian Reeves, who represents Hadleigh.

She wrote to the county council on Mr Bull’s behalf last year, but was advised the road did not meet the criteria for immediate repair.

Despite lobbying for years, the road still has not been fixed and now Mr Bull has decided to take matters into his own hands by starting a petition.

He has already won the support of 50 residents and hopes more will sign to help him persuade the county council to fix the road.

He said: “So far, most of the people who use the footpath every day are disgusted by it.

“I have been lobbying the council over it for 20 years, but nobody wants to know.

“I know it’s not a major job, but I am sure people’s safety is more important and money should not be an issue.”

A spokeswoman for Essex County Council said any repairs considered necessary are carried out within the timescales determined by a risk assessment and prioritised according to how unsafe they are making the road or footpath.

She said: “Poors Lane is a local road and is inspected on an annual basis. Rectory Road is inspected quarterly in line with Essex Highways’ Maintenance Strategy.

“We understand the concerns highlighted and will aim to fix all defects identified as part of our ongoing programme of works.”

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8:26am Mon 14 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

for starters who ever own those bushes need to trim them back to their boundary that will gain a bit of extra pavement.
for starters who ever own those bushes need to trim them back to their boundary that will gain a bit of extra pavement. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 16

9:03am Mon 14 Apr 14

Who_Flung_Dung says...

Why is he worrying about puddles, not like he is going to get wet feet?!?!?!

Moany old git
Why is he worrying about puddles, not like he is going to get wet feet?!?!?! Moany old git Who_Flung_Dung
  • Score: -20

9:05am Mon 14 Apr 14

beejiu says...

The pavements across Essex are absolutely shameful all over. I almost fell over 3 times yesterday on holes and loose paving slabs. I can imagine it is much more difficult for those with accessibility issues. Of course, unless it affects the roads, the council doesn't care -- in my opinion, the pavement should be of a higher quality than the road surface.
The pavements across Essex are absolutely shameful all over. I almost fell over 3 times yesterday on holes and loose paving slabs. I can imagine it is much more difficult for those with accessibility issues. Of course, unless it affects the roads, the council doesn't care -- in my opinion, the pavement should be of a higher quality than the road surface. beejiu
  • Score: 2

9:48am Mon 14 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

he should ask to borrow that tank, from the jotmans protest group, once they're done with it.....
he should ask to borrow that tank, from the jotmans protest group, once they're done with it..... pembury53
  • Score: 2

9:51am Mon 14 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

beejiu wrote:
The pavements across Essex are absolutely shameful all over. I almost fell over 3 times yesterday on holes and loose paving slabs. I can imagine it is much more difficult for those with accessibility issues. Of course, unless it affects the roads, the council doesn't care -- in my opinion, the pavement should be of a higher quality than the road surface.
No,...they should be equal both fit for purpose, just walk anywhere and theres always a poor pavement, Tree roots, Cracked Slabs, Metal work protruding,Loose slabs, un-even slabs and dog shIIte everywhere, and not forgetting cars, vans trucks and pavement furniture.
[quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: The pavements across Essex are absolutely shameful all over. I almost fell over 3 times yesterday on holes and loose paving slabs. I can imagine it is much more difficult for those with accessibility issues. Of course, unless it affects the roads, the council doesn't care -- in my opinion, the pavement should be of a higher quality than the road surface.[/p][/quote]No,...they should be equal both fit for purpose, just walk anywhere and theres always a poor pavement, Tree roots, Cracked Slabs, Metal work protruding,Loose slabs, un-even slabs and dog shIIte everywhere, and not forgetting cars, vans trucks and pavement furniture. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 10

10:05am Mon 14 Apr 14

bazza 1 says...

What it boils down to is ECC is really not fit for purpose when it comes to road and pavement repairs. Everywhere you go in the county, the roads and pavements are in disrepair and in some cases dangerous. Now they have taken to turn off the street lights as well after midnight. What do we pay our council tax for?
What it boils down to is ECC is really not fit for purpose when it comes to road and pavement repairs. Everywhere you go in the county, the roads and pavements are in disrepair and in some cases dangerous. Now they have taken to turn off the street lights as well after midnight. What do we pay our council tax for? bazza 1
  • Score: 7

10:39am Mon 14 Apr 14

hornsxandxhalos says...

beejiu wrote:
The pavements across Essex are absolutely shameful all over. I almost fell over 3 times yesterday on holes and loose paving slabs. I can imagine it is much more difficult for those with accessibility issues. Of course, unless it affects the roads, the council doesn't care -- in my opinion, the pavement should be of a higher quality than the road surface.
I agree, they're absolutely terrible round my way.
It's not too bad now it's getting lighter earlier, but walking to work at 5:20 am when it was pitch black out was annoying. I've tripped on broken pavements and things sticking out of the ground quite a few times.
[quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: The pavements across Essex are absolutely shameful all over. I almost fell over 3 times yesterday on holes and loose paving slabs. I can imagine it is much more difficult for those with accessibility issues. Of course, unless it affects the roads, the council doesn't care -- in my opinion, the pavement should be of a higher quality than the road surface.[/p][/quote]I agree, they're absolutely terrible round my way. It's not too bad now it's getting lighter earlier, but walking to work at 5:20 am when it was pitch black out was annoying. I've tripped on broken pavements and things sticking out of the ground quite a few times. hornsxandxhalos
  • Score: 7

11:09am Mon 14 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

He should not even be on the footpath, bloody menace.
He should not even be on the footpath, bloody menace. CarnMountification
  • Score: -5

12:32pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Ian P says...

hornsxandxhalos wrote:
beejiu wrote: The pavements across Essex are absolutely shameful all over. I almost fell over 3 times yesterday on holes and loose paving slabs. I can imagine it is much more difficult for those with accessibility issues. Of course, unless it affects the roads, the council doesn't care -- in my opinion, the pavement should be of a higher quality than the road surface.
I agree, they're absolutely terrible round my way. It's not too bad now it's getting lighter earlier, but walking to work at 5:20 am when it was pitch black out was annoying. I've tripped on broken pavements and things sticking out of the ground quite a few times.
Officially the lights are actually switched back on at 05:00, so if yours are still out at 05:20 as you are suggesting perhaps you should raise this as an issue with ECC.
[quote][p][bold]hornsxandxhalos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: The pavements across Essex are absolutely shameful all over. I almost fell over 3 times yesterday on holes and loose paving slabs. I can imagine it is much more difficult for those with accessibility issues. Of course, unless it affects the roads, the council doesn't care -- in my opinion, the pavement should be of a higher quality than the road surface.[/p][/quote]I agree, they're absolutely terrible round my way. It's not too bad now it's getting lighter earlier, but walking to work at 5:20 am when it was pitch black out was annoying. I've tripped on broken pavements and things sticking out of the ground quite a few times.[/p][/quote]Officially the lights are actually switched back on at 05:00, so if yours are still out at 05:20 as you are suggesting perhaps you should raise this as an issue with ECC. Ian P
  • Score: 2

1:49pm Mon 14 Apr 14

hornsxandxhalos says...

Ian P wrote:
hornsxandxhalos wrote:
beejiu wrote: The pavements across Essex are absolutely shameful all over. I almost fell over 3 times yesterday on holes and loose paving slabs. I can imagine it is much more difficult for those with accessibility issues. Of course, unless it affects the roads, the council doesn't care -- in my opinion, the pavement should be of a higher quality than the road surface.
I agree, they're absolutely terrible round my way. It's not too bad now it's getting lighter earlier, but walking to work at 5:20 am when it was pitch black out was annoying. I've tripped on broken pavements and things sticking out of the ground quite a few times.
Officially the lights are actually switched back on at 05:00, so if yours are still out at 05:20 as you are suggesting perhaps you should raise this as an issue with ECC.
Oh no, they're on, just **** and very dull down my road.
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hornsxandxhalos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: The pavements across Essex are absolutely shameful all over. I almost fell over 3 times yesterday on holes and loose paving slabs. I can imagine it is much more difficult for those with accessibility issues. Of course, unless it affects the roads, the council doesn't care -- in my opinion, the pavement should be of a higher quality than the road surface.[/p][/quote]I agree, they're absolutely terrible round my way. It's not too bad now it's getting lighter earlier, but walking to work at 5:20 am when it was pitch black out was annoying. I've tripped on broken pavements and things sticking out of the ground quite a few times.[/p][/quote]Officially the lights are actually switched back on at 05:00, so if yours are still out at 05:20 as you are suggesting perhaps you should raise this as an issue with ECC.[/p][/quote]Oh no, they're on, just **** and very dull down my road. hornsxandxhalos
  • Score: -1

2:35pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

In some ways I suppose he is lucky. In Westcliff footpaths now seem to considered a good place for people to leave their cars and vans.
In some ways I suppose he is lucky. In Westcliff footpaths now seem to considered a good place for people to leave their cars and vans. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 2

4:11pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Eric the Red says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
In some ways I suppose he is lucky. In Westcliff footpaths now seem to considered a good place for people to leave their cars and vans.
.......and the Council does nothing about it.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: In some ways I suppose he is lucky. In Westcliff footpaths now seem to considered a good place for people to leave their cars and vans.[/p][/quote].......and the Council does nothing about it. Eric the Red
  • Score: 2

4:16pm Mon 14 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

CarnMountification wrote:
He should not even be on the footpath, bloody menace.
Foot paths are for folk on foot, not electric go karts, GET OFF.
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: He should not even be on the footpath, bloody menace.[/p][/quote]Foot paths are for folk on foot, not electric go karts, GET OFF. CarnMountification
  • Score: -2

8:49pm Mon 14 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
In some ways I suppose he is lucky. In Westcliff footpaths now seem to considered a good place for people to leave their cars and vans.
Leigh also, £100 fine for verge parking....how many given out..? NONE i reckon.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: In some ways I suppose he is lucky. In Westcliff footpaths now seem to considered a good place for people to leave their cars and vans.[/p][/quote]Leigh also, £100 fine for verge parking....how many given out..? NONE i reckon. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 4

9:06pm Mon 14 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Eric the Red wrote:
Keptquiettillnow wrote:
In some ways I suppose he is lucky. In Westcliff footpaths now seem to considered a good place for people to leave their cars and vans.
.......and the Council does nothing about it.
Send in the SPY cars....
[quote][p][bold]Eric the Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: In some ways I suppose he is lucky. In Westcliff footpaths now seem to considered a good place for people to leave their cars and vans.[/p][/quote].......and the Council does nothing about it.[/p][/quote]Send in the SPY cars.... CarnMountification
  • Score: 1

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