Bumper result as blunder is sorted

Getting the hump - councillor Paul Collins, right, with, from the left, Paul Hill, Sue Jones, Michaela Simms, Bob Howe, Julie Farrow and Peter Zanchi.

Getting the hump - councillor Paul Collins, right, with, from the left, Paul Hill, Sue Jones, Michaela Simms, Bob Howe, Julie Farrow and Peter Zanchi.

First published in News

A COUNCIL blunder, which allowed motorists to drive through new speed bumps without slowing, has now been rectified – to residents’ joy.

Three pairs of speed bumps were laid in Westborough Road, Westcliff, in March after calls from Lib Dem ward councillor Paul Collins and residents for action to slow traffic.

The cushions were accompanied by a 20mph speed limit, but the bumps were placed too far apart, allowing cars to drive through without slowing.

With backing from Westborough Community Association, Mr Collins raised the issue with Southend Council and contractors have now extended the bumps, forcing motorists to slow. He said: “I am pleased the council responded promptly to concerns about errors in installation.”

Association chairman Peter Zanchi has supported Mr Collins, who surveyed residents in his ward last year to ask what traffic calming measures they preferred. Mr Zanchi said: “It is a very good result. I drove down there previously and the speed bumps were useless.” The council has also installed guard rails at a zebra crossing in Fairfax Drive, at the junction with Fairmead Avenue, after complaints motorists were parking on zigzag lines and causing an obstruction.

Mr Zanchi added: “It was a danger, reducing visibility when people wanted to cross the road. Again, we are pleased something has been done about it.”

A council spokesman said: “The contractor installed speed cushions as per drawings we provided. The error was in the drawings. We apologise for this and any inconvenience caused.

"Work to rectify the speed cushions took one day and was done within the original work cost of £550 per cushion.’’

Of the railings, the council’s Cheryl Hindle-Terry said: “We are always happy to listen to ideas and feedback from the community. We are pleased the railings have been welcomed by residents.’’

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2:13pm Tue 13 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

What a waste of money.........
What a waste of money......... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 15

2:46pm Tue 13 May 14

ravnos says...

"cushions".... light, soft and luxurious "cushions"... bl00dy speed humps!
"cushions".... light, soft and luxurious "cushions"... bl00dy speed humps! ravnos
  • Score: 18

2:53pm Tue 13 May 14

sesibollox says...

Ah the Incompetence of spending public money, twice, bloody idiots....
Ah the Incompetence of spending public money, twice, bloody idiots.... sesibollox
  • Score: 17

3:02pm Tue 13 May 14

pembury53 says...

another pointless ongoing expense for the tax payer..... as they are repaired, over and over...
another pointless ongoing expense for the tax payer..... as they are repaired, over and over... pembury53
  • Score: 17

3:30pm Tue 13 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

The only thing I can see that is pointless about this style of speed cushion is why the do not go the full width of the road?
The only thing I can see that is pointless about this style of speed cushion is why the do not go the full width of the road? Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 8

3:36pm Tue 13 May 14

CarnMountification says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
The only thing I can see that is pointless about this style of speed cushion is why the do not go the full width of the road?
My muscle car, straddles those lumps...
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: The only thing I can see that is pointless about this style of speed cushion is why the do not go the full width of the road?[/p][/quote]My muscle car, straddles those lumps... CarnMountification
  • Score: 0

3:49pm Tue 13 May 14

callmescotty says...

waste of money, here's a idea... instead of building lumps of tarmac, how about using that tarmac (our tax money) to fill in all these pot holes that is ruining peoples cars and the comfort of driving!!!
waste of money, here's a idea... instead of building lumps of tarmac, how about using that tarmac (our tax money) to fill in all these pot holes that is ruining peoples cars and the comfort of driving!!! callmescotty
  • Score: 25

4:43pm Tue 13 May 14

runwellian says...

These humps cause agony for disabled driver or anyone with bone / joint problems ... but still the NHS can issue more pain killers!

I dread driving down roads with these obstacles!
These humps cause agony for disabled driver or anyone with bone / joint problems ... but still the NHS can issue more pain killers! I dread driving down roads with these obstacles! runwellian
  • Score: 4

4:44pm Tue 13 May 14

runwellian says...

Why not remove the humps and put in speed cameras, that should bring enough money to re tarmac all the roads in the area!
Why not remove the humps and put in speed cameras, that should bring enough money to re tarmac all the roads in the area! runwellian
  • Score: -1

4:53pm Tue 13 May 14

the25man says...

callmescotty wrote:
waste of money, here's a idea... instead of building lumps of tarmac, how about using that tarmac (our tax money) to fill in all these pot holes that is ruining peoples cars and the comfort of driving!!!
Well the pot holes are almost as good as the lumps of tarmac they slow traffic down when there are enough of them. Put up a new type road sign WARNING POT HOLES with the speed sign.
[quote][p][bold]callmescotty[/bold] wrote: waste of money, here's a idea... instead of building lumps of tarmac, how about using that tarmac (our tax money) to fill in all these pot holes that is ruining peoples cars and the comfort of driving!!![/p][/quote]Well the pot holes are almost as good as the lumps of tarmac they slow traffic down when there are enough of them. Put up a new type road sign WARNING POT HOLES with the speed sign. the25man
  • Score: 5

5:21pm Tue 13 May 14

abd123 says...

In answer to the query about why they do not go across the full width is to enable ambulances to straddle them and not bump patients.
In answer to the query about why they do not go across the full width is to enable ambulances to straddle them and not bump patients. abd123
  • Score: 2

5:43pm Tue 13 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

abd123 wrote:
In answer to the query about why they do not go across the full width is to enable ambulances to straddle them and not bump patients.
Plenty of roads on and off Hamlet Court Road have raised footpaths across the junction. Never seen any emergency vehicles having any trouble negotiating them.
I am more inclined to think its councilors who fear motorists over a nicer environment for residents. We all know the car is king in the UK
[quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: In answer to the query about why they do not go across the full width is to enable ambulances to straddle them and not bump patients.[/p][/quote]Plenty of roads on and off Hamlet Court Road have raised footpaths across the junction. Never seen any emergency vehicles having any trouble negotiating them. I am more inclined to think its councilors who fear motorists over a nicer environment for residents. We all know the car is king in the UK Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 0

5:44pm Tue 13 May 14

Bangemup says...

£ 550 per speed cushion ! What are they made from semi precious metal ? Some engineering bricks cement and a layer of tarmac plus wages . I fail to see
how that comes to £550 . Sensible explanations will be read , nonsense will be ignored . I think the rate payers are being taken for a 20 MPH ride !
£ 550 per speed cushion ! What are they made from semi precious metal ? Some engineering bricks cement and a layer of tarmac plus wages . I fail to see how that comes to £550 . Sensible explanations will be read , nonsense will be ignored . I think the rate payers are being taken for a 20 MPH ride ! Bangemup
  • Score: 5

6:12pm Tue 13 May 14

beaulocks says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
abd123 wrote:
In answer to the query about why they do not go across the full width is to enable ambulances to straddle them and not bump patients.
Plenty of roads on and off Hamlet Court Road have raised footpaths across the junction. Never seen any emergency vehicles having any trouble negotiating them.
I am more inclined to think its councilors who fear motorists over a nicer environment for residents. We all know the car is king in the UK
So the motorist should be no1 on the road, after all we pay for them not cyclists.

Bring back the bendy buses I say, kept the numbers down in London now the scrotes are everywhere. Uninsured and not taxed scrounging our roads from the tax paying motorist.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: In answer to the query about why they do not go across the full width is to enable ambulances to straddle them and not bump patients.[/p][/quote]Plenty of roads on and off Hamlet Court Road have raised footpaths across the junction. Never seen any emergency vehicles having any trouble negotiating them. I am more inclined to think its councilors who fear motorists over a nicer environment for residents. We all know the car is king in the UK[/p][/quote]So the motorist should be no1 on the road, after all we pay for them not cyclists. Bring back the bendy buses I say, kept the numbers down in London now the scrotes are everywhere. Uninsured and not taxed scrounging our roads from the tax paying motorist. beaulocks
  • Score: -3

6:18pm Tue 13 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

beaulocks wrote:
Keptquiettillnow wrote:
abd123 wrote:
In answer to the query about why they do not go across the full width is to enable ambulances to straddle them and not bump patients.
Plenty of roads on and off Hamlet Court Road have raised footpaths across the junction. Never seen any emergency vehicles having any trouble negotiating them.
I am more inclined to think its councilors who fear motorists over a nicer environment for residents. We all know the car is king in the UK
So the motorist should be no1 on the road, after all we pay for them not cyclists.

Bring back the bendy buses I say, kept the numbers down in London now the scrotes are everywhere. Uninsured and not taxed scrounging our roads from the tax paying motorist.
lol
[quote][p][bold]beaulocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: In answer to the query about why they do not go across the full width is to enable ambulances to straddle them and not bump patients.[/p][/quote]Plenty of roads on and off Hamlet Court Road have raised footpaths across the junction. Never seen any emergency vehicles having any trouble negotiating them. I am more inclined to think its councilors who fear motorists over a nicer environment for residents. We all know the car is king in the UK[/p][/quote]So the motorist should be no1 on the road, after all we pay for them not cyclists. Bring back the bendy buses I say, kept the numbers down in London now the scrotes are everywhere. Uninsured and not taxed scrounging our roads from the tax paying motorist.[/p][/quote]lol Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 0

9:39pm Tue 13 May 14

rhowes says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
What a waste of money.........
This Conservative Administration has been wasting our money for 14 years!

Many projects have had to be re-done, or altered in some way. Some have simply been left badly designed, while others don't work.

We have to vote them out on May 22nd. and elect Councillors who will closely monitor the work done by Officers and contractors.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: What a waste of money.........[/p][/quote]This Conservative Administration has been wasting our money for 14 years! Many projects have had to be re-done, or altered in some way. Some have simply been left badly designed, while others don't work. We have to vote them out on May 22nd. and elect Councillors who will closely monitor the work done by Officers and contractors. rhowes
  • Score: 6

4:27pm Wed 14 May 14

leslog says...

should have got it right in the first place more money wasted
should have got it right in the first place more money wasted leslog
  • Score: 2

10:53am Fri 30 May 14

johanuk says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
The only thing I can see that is pointless about this style of speed cushion is why the do not go the full width of the road?
maybe you are not a cyclist?
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: The only thing I can see that is pointless about this style of speed cushion is why the do not go the full width of the road?[/p][/quote]maybe you are not a cyclist? johanuk
  • Score: -1

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