Demolition concern for home hit by car

Boarded up – the bungalow that was hit by a speeding car

Boarded up – the bungalow that was hit by a speeding car

First published in News by , Senior reporter

RESIDENTS fear a bungalow damaged when a speeding car crashed into it after a police chase may have to be demolished.

The Ford Focus smashed into the Benfleet home after spinning upside down, hitting the roof, then falling to the ground.

The driver fled from the scene, avoiding pursuing police cars, a helicopter and a dog unit.

Essex County Council owns the property, in Thundersley Park Drive, Benfleet, and rents it out. Fortunately, the elderly resident of the bungalow had moved out into a care home earlier this year.

Residents believe it is inevitable the house must be knocked down.

Jo Tennant, who lives further down the road, said: “I’d be absolutely stunned if it could be stabilised. There is a huge crack down the side, the whole thing would need to be underpinned.

It’s uninhabitable at the moment.”

But a spokesman for the county council said it was still assessing the situation and hadn’t yet come to a conclusion.

He said: “Surveyors have been on site to look carefully at the damage caused by the accident and are compiling a detailed report on the structure to determine next steps. There are no plans to demolish this property.”

Ms Tennant said the junction in general had been left unsafe by the county council not cutting back vegetation She added: “That junction becomes overgrown every year and it’s the same thing over and over. We have to go through a battle until they cut it back every year.”

The council’s spokesman added: “The vegetation at the site has been highlighted to the Essex Highways Service, who will cut it back if it is causing concern, the same with the trees on the bungalow site.”

Police are still searching for the driver of the car, which hit the bungalow on May 14.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “The driver of the car knows we are seeking him, but currently remains outstanding.”

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1:05pm Tue 27 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Good idea, as at the mo its looks awful...
Good idea, as at the mo its looks awful... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 2

1:06pm Tue 27 May 14

rayleigh123 says...

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “The driver of the car knows we are seeking him, but currently remains outstanding.”

Does this mean we now the little shxts name and we are looking for him or we have no idea who did it ???

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An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “The driver of the car knows we are seeking him, but currently remains outstanding.” Does this mean we now the little shxts name and we are looking for him or we have no idea who did it ??? . . rayleigh123
  • Score: 3

1:19pm Tue 27 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Sounds like a good insurance job!
Sounds like a good insurance job! Keptquiettillnow
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3:08pm Tue 27 May 14

BasildonDond says...

I think it means they know who the little sh$t is and where he lives. Unfortunately when they pop round he's 'not in'
I think it means they know who the little sh$t is and where he lives. Unfortunately when they pop round he's 'not in' BasildonDond
  • Score: 5

4:48pm Tue 27 May 14

Bangemup says...

So the Police are chasing someone and he losses control & trashes a car ( it it his or is it stolen )? Do they have a name or don't they ? All that aside armed with cars ,dogs and a helicopter the badly shaken driver ( for he must be after that ) manages to evade capture , are they looking for some kind of super being ,possibly a "shape changer"? I'm sure he will hand himself into the nearest Police station, now he knows they want to question him ! As for the overgrown foliage at the junction ,what has that got to do with any of this or the trees round the damaged building ? Am I missing something ?
So the Police are chasing someone and he losses control & trashes a car ( it it his or is it stolen )? Do they have a name or don't they ? All that aside armed with cars ,dogs and a helicopter the badly shaken driver ( for he must be after that ) manages to evade capture , are they looking for some kind of super being ,possibly a "shape changer"? I'm sure he will hand himself into the nearest Police station, now he knows they want to question him ! As for the overgrown foliage at the junction ,what has that got to do with any of this or the trees round the damaged building ? Am I missing something ? Bangemup
  • Score: 0

8:21pm Tue 27 May 14

Ladydolphin.mh says...

AGAIN UNFORTUNATELY THE ELDERLY RESIDENT HAS HAD TO GO INTO A CARE HOME YET THE BUNGULOW THAT WAS RENTED FROM ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL STAYED EMPTY.
MY ISSUE IS THAT THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE BEGGING FOR HOUSING YET THIS BUNGULOW HAS STAYED EMPTY.
I KNOW THAT IT DOESN'T MATTER NOW BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE DEMOLISED BUT SURELY THE TURN AROUND ON THE HOUSING LIST SHOULD BE FASTER.
IF YOU LOOK AROUND THE BOROUGH THERE ARE SO MANY HOUSES THAT STAND EMPTY BUT PEOPLE ARE STILL ON THE WAITING LIST FOR YEARS.
I PERSONALLY THINK THAT THE TURN AROUND ON RE HOUSING SHOULD BE QUICKER!
AGAIN UNFORTUNATELY THE ELDERLY RESIDENT HAS HAD TO GO INTO A CARE HOME YET THE BUNGULOW THAT WAS RENTED FROM ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL STAYED EMPTY. MY ISSUE IS THAT THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE BEGGING FOR HOUSING YET THIS BUNGULOW HAS STAYED EMPTY. I KNOW THAT IT DOESN'T MATTER NOW BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE DEMOLISED BUT SURELY THE TURN AROUND ON THE HOUSING LIST SHOULD BE FASTER. IF YOU LOOK AROUND THE BOROUGH THERE ARE SO MANY HOUSES THAT STAND EMPTY BUT PEOPLE ARE STILL ON THE WAITING LIST FOR YEARS. I PERSONALLY THINK THAT THE TURN AROUND ON RE HOUSING SHOULD BE QUICKER! Ladydolphin.mh
  • Score: 0

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