Enough is enough! When will this trip hazard get sorted? Councillors campaign to fix Hadleigh car park

Echo: Who is to blame? Tory Norman Ladzrie kneels beside the manhole with councillor Godfrey Isaacs and Heather Overall, who was injured by it last year Who is to blame? Tory Norman Ladzrie kneels beside the manhole with councillor Godfrey Isaacs and Heather Overall, who was injured by it last year

DETERMINED councillors are working with residents to get a hazardous car park repaired.

St James’s ward Conservative councillors Godfrey Isaacs, Norman Ladzrie and Bill Sharp, along with Colin Riley, Conservative borough councillor responsible for street scene, are furious Essex County Council has failed to take action over a manhole cover which has caused accidents for a number of residents.

Mr Riley said he is furious the county council has not stepped in after several elderly people tripped and injured themselves in the Rectory Road car park – with one woman badly cutting her face and another man falling out of his wheelchair.

Heather Overall, who hurt herself last August, says the manhole cover is a danger to all and she refuses walk on the same side of the road as the car park after the incident.

Mr Riley says he has lobbied Essex County Council for more than three years, but has had no luck.

He said: “I first reported this in 2011 and at the very least expected to hear something back, but it has felt I’m up against a brick wall.

“It has also been reported by other councillors and yet here we are, waiting for something to happen.

“For elderly residents to be affected by this again and again is simply not good enough and some answers are needed.”

Mr Sharp added he was “very disappointed” with Essex County Council.

An highways department spokesman at Essex County Council said: “Essex Highways received the inquiry from the Castle Point Councillor regarding this road defect. A highways inspector conducted an investigation and robustly risk assessed the area.

“No comment regarding this matter can be made at this time, due to a legal matter.”

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AT the time of her accident, Heather Overall said she was “shaking like a leaf”.

Mrs Overall, 85, of Beresford Close, Hadleigh, said: “I remember it so clearly.

“I was walking to the shops and the next minute I was on the ground, having banged my head on the ground.

“I was bruised down my face.

“I couldn’t go out afterwards because I was so nervous. I was lucky some nice people from the Beauty Salon opposite were able to help me and two other people insisted on taking me to the doctor.”

Mrs Overall broke her glasses in the fall and had to fork out £200 to replace them.

She sent the bill to Essex County Council, but says she heard nothing back.

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9:19am Fri 28 Feb 14

InTheKnowOk says...

The block paving doesn't look too hot either ..
The block paving doesn't look too hot either .. InTheKnowOk

2:33pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Who_Flung_Dung says...

Watch where you're walking you moany old codgers!!!
Watch where you're walking you moany old codgers!!! Who_Flung_Dung

2:37pm Fri 28 Feb 14

emcee says...

ECC again. Someone at ECC, responsible for the fiasco that is Essex Highways, needs to be sacked and replaced for really poor way the department is organised and how they are continually ignoring their obligation to have a "duty of care" for the users of their roads, pavements and car parks.
ECC again. Someone at ECC, responsible for the fiasco that is Essex Highways, needs to be sacked and replaced for really poor way the department is organised and how they are continually ignoring their obligation to have a "duty of care" for the users of their roads, pavements and car parks. emcee

3:14pm Fri 28 Feb 14

southend_Dave says...

I believe the rights for this story have been bought up by Steven Spielberg.
I believe the rights for this story have been bought up by Steven Spielberg. southend_Dave

9:05pm Fri 28 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Put a bottle bank over it, job done.
Put a bottle bank over it, job done. carnmountyouknowitmakessense

11:16am Sat 1 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Once they build a block or two of flats on it there won't be any trip hazards.....
Once they build a block or two of flats on it there won't be any trip hazards..... Howard Cháse

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