If your road’s on the list, it’ll be goodbye potholes

If your road’s on the list, it’ll be goodbye potholes

If your road’s on the list, it’ll be goodbye potholes

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MORE than 140 crater-pocked roads across south Essex will benefit from £17.5million of repair work announced in a new Essex County Council programme.

County Hall has listed roads in Basildon, Castle Point and Rochford council areas to be fixed under a programme, partly funded by a Government grant.

Whitehall is giving Essex £4.4million towards repairs to 700 roads countywide in the coming months – and motorists are already starting to notice the difference, says veteran Canvey county councillor Ray Howard..

Having got used to hearing complaints about the state of local roads, Mr Howard says he is now getting people commenting on howmuch better they are.

He added: “It’s nice to hear people say to me their road has been repaired and they’re pleased.

“I’m delighted we have been able to make this possible and it’s something we can build on. I’m very pleased, but I’m not going to get complacent.

“My main concern has always been elderly people falling over, so we need to do what we can to make our roads and pavements safe for them.”

Taxi driver Ralph Morgan, who speaks for Basildon Hackney Carriage Association, has long campaigned for potholes to be repaired.

In Basildon borough alone, between 2008 and 2012, County Hall paid £1.2million compensation to 309 people who successfully claimed for pothole damage to cars and cycles.

Mr Morgan welcomed the fact many of what he says are the worst-affected roads – including Miles Gray Road, The Hatherley and Honeypot Lane – are to be fixed.

He added: “I have noticed some of the roads have been done already, and the brilliant thing is they are being done properly.

“I always said there was no point dumping stuff in the potholes.

They need to be repaired properly or else it won’t last.

“Whole roads are being re-surfaced, rather than just the potholes being fixed. That’s the way to do it. It’s definitelymoney well spent.

“Potholes really affect me because of my job, and they have been blighting the streets of Basildon for too long now.”

Mike Carrington, 67, first complained about the state of Leslie Road, Rayleigh, more than three months ago.

He said the road was dangerous and he was worried about taking his 93-year-old wheelchair- bound mother-in-law outside because of potholes and damaged kerbstones.

Mr Carrington said: “The road desperately needs repairing because, quite frankly, its dangerous at the moment.

“The council has been working on the pavements for the past month. We didn’t really believe it would actually happen, so this is absolutely brilliant.”

Essex’s £4.4million grant is one of the biggest Whitehall has awarded from its £168million “pothole fund”.

The county council had already earmarked cash to fix potholes and last month set aside a further £5.6million.

Rodney Bass, county councillor responsible for highways, said: “These roads are in urgent need of repair and we are making the manpower available to get the job done – recently doubling the number of maintenance crews to 36 to bring the roads up to standard.”

LOCAL ROADS TO BE FIXED

BASILDON

Beambridge, Pitsea
Bourne Avenue, Laindon
Braiswick Place, Laindon
Brooklands Park, Laindon
Burlington Court, Pitsea
Chenies Drive, Laindon
Cherrydown West, Basildon
Claydon Crescent, Basildon
Cranes Close, Basildon
Delimands, Pitsea
Dewsgreen, Pitsea
Downey Close, Basildon
Elm Green, Pitsea
Gambleside, Vange
The Hatherley, Basildon
Helmores, Laindon
Highlands Road, Basildon
Honeypot Lane, Basildon
King Edward Road, Laindon
Laburnum Avenue, Wickford
Leigh Fells, Basildon
Littlebury Green, Basildon
Mapleford Sweep, Basildon
Mariskals, Basildon
Market Road, Basildon
Markhams Chase, Laindon
Marsh View Court, Basildon
Mellow Purgess Close, Laindon
Merrylands, Basildon
Methersgate, Basildon
Middle Crockerford, Vange
Miles Gray Road, Basildon
Moretons, Pitsea
Paycocke Road, Basildon
Plumleys, Basildon
Polsteads, Vange
Ravenscourt Drive Vange
Redgrave Road, Vange
Rokescroft, Pitsea
Rookyards, Basildon
Rose Acre, Basildon
Somerset Gardens, Basildon
Stannetts, Basildon
Swanstead, Vange
Tanswell Avenue, Basildon
Tylers Avenue, Laindon
Una Road, Bowers Gifford
Winifred Road, Pitsea

CASTLE POINT

Antony Close, Canvey
Athos Road, Canvey
Barnards Avenue, Canvey
Beatrice Avenue, Canvey
Benderloch, Canvey
Beverley Avenue, Canvey
Birch Close, Benfleet
The Birches, Benfleet
Brookside, Canvey
Burwell Avenue, Canvey
Church Parade, Canvey
Clifton Road, Canvey
Deepwater Road, Canvey
Fairview, Canvey
The Fairway, Benfleet
Fenwick Way, Canvey
Ferrymead, Canvey
First Avenue, Canvey
Grafton Road, Canvey
Hawkesbury Road, Canvey
Helmsdale, Canvey
Henson Avenue, Canvey
Hertford Road, Canvey
Hilton Road, Canvey
Holbek Road, Canvey
Keer Avenue, Canvey
Kennedy Close, Benfleet
Kings Road, Canvey
Korndyk Avenue, Canvey
Labworth Road, Canvey
Lakeview, Canvey
The Larches, Benfleet
The Lawns, Benfleet
Leigh Beck Lane, Canvey
Lincoln Way, Canvey
Linden Way, Canvey
Lionel Road, Canvey
Little Gypps Road, Canvey
Mandeville Way, Benfleet
Maplin Close, Benfleet
Marine Approach, Canvey
Mornington Road, Canvey
Odessa Road, Canvey
Overton Road, Benfleet
Paarl Road, Canvey
Palmerstone Road, Canvey
Parklands, Canvey
Roggel Road, Canvey

ROCHFORD

The Approach, Rayleigh
Bedloes Avenue, Rawreth
Branksome Avenue, Hockley
Briar Close, Hawkwell
Broad Walk, Hockley
Brocksford Avenue, Rayleigh
Brook Road, Rayleigh
Castle Drive, Rayleigh
The Chase, Rayleigh
Cheapside West, Rayleigh
Connaught Road, Rayleigh
Copford Avenue, Rayleigh
Creswick Avenue, Rayleigh
Deepdene Avenue, Rayleigh
Elmwood Avenue, Hawkwell
Everest, Rayleigh
Foxfield Close, Ashingdon
Gladstone Road, Hockley
Golden Cross Parade, Hawkwell
Great Wheatley Road, Rayleigh
Hambro Parade, Rayleigh
Hartford Close, Rayleigh
Havenside, Barling Magna
Hawkwell Chase, Hawkwell
Hawkwell Park Drive, Hawkwell
Helena Road, Rayleigh
Heron Gardens, Rayleigh
Hillside Avenue, Hawkwell
Holt Farm Way, Hawkwell
Kings Farm, Rayleigh
Knivet Close, Rayleigh
Lee Lotts, Great Wakering
Leonard Drive, Rayleigh
Leslie Road, Rayleigh
Little Wheatley Chase, Rayleigh
London Road Service Road West,
Rayleigh
Love Lane, Rayleigh
Manns Way, Rayleigh
Mercer Avenue, Great Wakering
Nevern Road, Rayleigh
Orchard Avenue, Hockley
Orchard Close, Great Wakering
The Paddocks, Rayleigh
Park Gardens, Hawkwell
Peach Avenue, Hockley
Picton Close, Rayleigh
The Ramparts, Rayleigh
Rookery Close, Rayleigh

NB: Roads in Southend and Thurrock are not listed since their highways are not maintained by Essex County Council.

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10:04am Thu 31 Jul 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Hope the list has priorities such as the ratio of working folk / retired, as opposed to unemployed / troublesome filled roads, because its the working, whose taxes pay for this.
Hope the list has priorities such as the ratio of working folk / retired, as opposed to unemployed / troublesome filled roads, because its the working, whose taxes pay for this. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: -2

10:41am Thu 31 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

We've heard it all before.

Seeing is believing.

Lots of nice new tarmac outside Councillers houses to look forward to.
We've heard it all before. Seeing is believing. Lots of nice new tarmac outside Councillers houses to look forward to. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

10:54am Thu 31 Jul 14

n-unknown says...

If your road is on the list? I forgot that road maintenance and safety is run by the national lottery...

Essex Council are pathetic. “These roads are in urgent need of repair" - They've been in that state for most of the year!

I'm guessing that it will be a complete 'coincidence' if some minor damaged roads which are repaired are either a road which a councilor or high level council employee lives on, OR uses to commute to work...
If your road is on the list? I forgot that road maintenance and safety is run by the national lottery... Essex Council are pathetic. “These roads are in urgent need of repair" - They've been in that state for most of the year! I'm guessing that it will be a complete 'coincidence' if some minor damaged roads which are repaired are either a road which a councilor or high level council employee lives on, OR uses to commute to work... n-unknown
  • Score: 5

10:57am Thu 31 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

n-unknown wrote:
If your road is on the list? I forgot that road maintenance and safety is run by the national lottery...

Essex Council are pathetic. “These roads are in urgent need of repair" - They've been in that state for most of the year!

I'm guessing that it will be a complete 'coincidence' if some minor damaged roads which are repaired are either a road which a councilor or high level council employee lives on, OR uses to commute to work...
Be easier to list the roads without potholes.

Nice short one that would be.
[quote][p][bold]n-unknown[/bold] wrote: If your road is on the list? I forgot that road maintenance and safety is run by the national lottery... Essex Council are pathetic. “These roads are in urgent need of repair" - They've been in that state for most of the year! I'm guessing that it will be a complete 'coincidence' if some minor damaged roads which are repaired are either a road which a councilor or high level council employee lives on, OR uses to commute to work...[/p][/quote]Be easier to list the roads without potholes. Nice short one that would be. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 6

12:26pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Ian P says...

The Castle Point list was in last night's paper. There did not seem to be many roads on the mainland benefiting from the funding.
The Castle Point list was in last night's paper. There did not seem to be many roads on the mainland benefiting from the funding. Ian P
  • Score: -2

12:37pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

Stop moaning and get reporting. Copy and paste this link...

https://secureweb1.e
ssexcc.gov.uk/Highwa
ys/Report-a-highway-
problem.aspx
Stop moaning and get reporting. Copy and paste this link... https://secureweb1.e ssexcc.gov.uk/Highwa ys/Report-a-highway- problem.aspx Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

12:42pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Bosniavet says...

Any news if SBC have been given funds to repair the roads in the borough? Many are in a shocking state, including the trunk roads.
Any news if SBC have been given funds to repair the roads in the borough? Many are in a shocking state, including the trunk roads. Bosniavet
  • Score: 2

2:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Nebs says...

Why haven'r councils employed their own teams of repairers, rather than subcontract out at more expensive rates so as a middleman can take a profit.
Why haven'r councils employed their own teams of repairers, rather than subcontract out at more expensive rates so as a middleman can take a profit. Nebs
  • Score: 2

2:46pm Thu 31 Jul 14

ddf35 says...

Perhaps ECC would like to reply to my email about why the resurfacing of part of sutton road near Sutton wasnt resurfaced at the same time as the section near Purdeys and why the surface they have put down now is completely different to the Purdeys section and looks like the old surface which was very susceptible to pot holes/weather. Why is it different?
Perhaps ECC would like to reply to my email about why the resurfacing of part of sutton road near Sutton wasnt resurfaced at the same time as the section near Purdeys and why the surface they have put down now is completely different to the Purdeys section and looks like the old surface which was very susceptible to pot holes/weather. Why is it different? ddf35
  • Score: 2

4:14pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Ladydolphin.mh says...

I'M SO GLAD TO SEE PLUMLEYS IS ON THE LIST AND HOPE THAT THIS INCLUDES THE PAVEMENTS.
I'M A DISABLED LADY WHO'S GOT VERY POOR MOBILITY AND HEALTH PROBLEMS. I WAS TOLD OVER A YEAR AGO THAT THE PAVEMENTS THAT ARE STICKING UP OVER AN INCH WERE SAVE. SO SAVE I FELL OVER A MONTH AGO ON THEM BUT AM TOO POORLY TO FIGHT THE COUNTY COUNCIL. THEY CAN DO THE WORK AND FIND OUT FROM THEIR RECORDS WHEN I FIRST REPORTED THEM AS IT WAS IN THE ECHO.
LETS HOPE THAT THIS WORK DOESN'T TAKE ANOTHER YEAR TO DO.
GETTING OFF MY SOAP BOX NOW.
MEL HARRIS
I'M SO GLAD TO SEE PLUMLEYS IS ON THE LIST AND HOPE THAT THIS INCLUDES THE PAVEMENTS. I'M A DISABLED LADY WHO'S GOT VERY POOR MOBILITY AND HEALTH PROBLEMS. I WAS TOLD OVER A YEAR AGO THAT THE PAVEMENTS THAT ARE STICKING UP OVER AN INCH WERE SAVE. SO SAVE I FELL OVER A MONTH AGO ON THEM BUT AM TOO POORLY TO FIGHT THE COUNTY COUNCIL. THEY CAN DO THE WORK AND FIND OUT FROM THEIR RECORDS WHEN I FIRST REPORTED THEM AS IT WAS IN THE ECHO. LETS HOPE THAT THIS WORK DOESN'T TAKE ANOTHER YEAR TO DO. GETTING OFF MY SOAP BOX NOW. MEL HARRIS Ladydolphin.mh
  • Score: -2

5:22pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Audioman says...

If you live ib Stock the potholes are repair within a day.
If you live ib Stock the potholes are repair within a day. Audioman
  • Score: 0

5:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

bazza 1 says...

Well that should drop the work required by about 10%. I suppose the other 90% of the roads, like mine, will have to wait. possibly for another 10 years to be repaired. It is full of orange paint, that has been there for so long it is wearing out as the holes get bigger. Bloody fiasco.
Well that should drop the work required by about 10%. I suppose the other 90% of the roads, like mine, will have to wait. possibly for another 10 years to be repaired. It is full of orange paint, that has been there for so long it is wearing out as the holes get bigger. Bloody fiasco. bazza 1
  • Score: 2

8:56am Tue 5 Aug 14

DaviniaGibbs1 says...

I notice that roads are being patched in places where there are potholes, then being dressed. This amounts to the same as wall-papering over the cracks. Just to save a bit of money now, by skimping, will cost the county much more in the long run. Yes, the repairs are noticeable but why are we getting excited about a service that should be provided as the norm? After all, we do pay for it!

Dressing a road that has major underlying problems will only come back to haunt the council in a couple of years, maybe sooner if we have a bad winter.
White lining is also a problem in many places. Botched badly on the main road near Little Burstead where it looks like a 5 year old has had a go of the lining machine. Confusing and dangerous to motorists. Roundabouts that are non-existent, like the one with the junction of Norsey Road and Jackson's lane. The one at the bottom of Jackson's lane has only been re-done after reports shaming the council appeared in the paper. Winter is coming and especially with this ill-fated and ridiculous decision to turn off street lighting after midnight, is going to lead to disaster. Hopefully, Cllr Bass and his idiotic Tory sidekicks will lose their power come May, and we can restore a bit of common sense into the council chambers of Essex.
Note: The County Council are legally responsible for keeping and maintaining roads and footpaths in a decent order. So laws are being broken when they are in disrepair and have been reported and which are not fixed within a reasonable time. So why are the Council not prosecuted accordingly for such offences? One rule for them, one for us, as usual.
I notice that roads are being patched in places where there are potholes, then being dressed. This amounts to the same as wall-papering over the cracks. Just to save a bit of money now, by skimping, will cost the county much more in the long run. Yes, the repairs are noticeable but why are we getting excited about a service that should be provided as the norm? After all, we do pay for it! Dressing a road that has major underlying problems will only come back to haunt the council in a couple of years, maybe sooner if we have a bad winter. White lining is also a problem in many places. Botched badly on the main road near Little Burstead where it looks like a 5 year old has had a go of the lining machine. Confusing and dangerous to motorists. Roundabouts that are non-existent, like the one with the junction of Norsey Road and Jackson's lane. The one at the bottom of Jackson's lane has only been re-done after reports shaming the council appeared in the paper. Winter is coming and especially with this ill-fated and ridiculous decision to turn off street lighting after midnight, is going to lead to disaster. Hopefully, Cllr Bass and his idiotic Tory sidekicks will lose their power come May, and we can restore a bit of common sense into the council chambers of Essex. Note: The County Council are legally responsible for keeping and maintaining roads and footpaths in a decent order. So laws are being broken when they are in disrepair and have been reported and which are not fixed within a reasonable time. So why are the Council not prosecuted accordingly for such offences? One rule for them, one for us, as usual. DaviniaGibbs1
  • Score: 0

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