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Calls for action to repair "hazardous" Canvey pavements
12:10pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
ACTION is needed to improve Canvey’s “hazardous” pavements, councillors claim.
Fed up Canvey politicians Peter May and Steven Cole are calling for urgent repairs to be made to the island’s pavements, claiming the streets are plagued by broken kerbstones, cracked tarmac and potholes.
The pair have raised the issue with Essex County Council and have highlighted the poor condition of Craven Avenue and Linden Way in particular, however they say their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.
Mr May, who represents Central ward, said: “Some of the pavements on Canvey are the worst I have ever seen. The kerbstones are coming away which is breaking up the footpaths and they are in such a bad state.
“It is widely recognised on Canvey we have an aging population and the way they are the moment it is so easy for some to trip and hurt themselves. Theyare a hazard to anyone walking past.”
In 2012, councillors Brian Wood and Joan Liddiard carried out an investigation of the island’s pavements, including Linden Way, and submitted the information to County Hall so action could be taken. However, the two councillors claim the problem still has not been rectified.
Now, Mr Cole is asking residents on Canvey to send him details and photos of pavements which need repairs in their area, so he can take the information to the local highways panel.
Mr Cole, who represents Winter Gardens ward, said: “My mother was rushed to hospital the other day after she tripped over a pavement in Craven Avenue and dislocated her arm.
“Being an older woman it is going to take her a long time to recover from this.
“The condition of the pavements is disgusting. They have massive cracks in them, the kerbs are falling away and crumbling, it is just not good enough.
If we can build up a file of the worst areas I can take this to the county council and try to get something done.”
An Essex Highways spokesman said: “We carried out a full inspection of Craven Avenue on October 18 and a number of highway defects were identified.
“These defects have been noted, prioritised and will be repaired in due course as a part of the ongoing highways maintenance programme of works.
“The annual inspection on Linden Way is due to take place next month.
“An Essex Highways inspector will visit this location, inspect the highway and will assess and categorise any defects for repair in line with the Essex Highways maintenance policy.”
Residents can e-mail Mr Cole at email@example.com You can report problems using the View It, Track It, Report It function at essex.gov.uk/high ways or by calling 0845 6037631.
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