Probe into Rochford pothole

Dan Makin

Dan Makin

First published in News

AN INVESTIGATION into how a pothole was left to injure two cyclists in a month is ongoing.

The county council is investigating the standard of the roadworks carried out by National Grid in Southend Road, Rochford, just north of the Anne Boleyn pub.

Cyclist Dan Makin, 40, of Ashingdon, reported the pothole after breaking his shoulder and collarbone after hitting it in June.

It was earmarked for inspection, but no repair took place before it threw 18-yearold Faye Menzies, of Rochford, into the path of car, causing serious injuries to her neck, back, chest and pelvis, a week later.

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2:39pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

It wasn't in Billericay. If it had been it would have been fixed pdq...

see story elsewhere.
It wasn't in Billericay. If it had been it would have been fixed pdq... see story elsewhere. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

2:53pm Sun 10 Aug 14

emcee says...

It is, ultimately, ECC responsibility and it is they that should be accepting this responsibility. If the work by the National Grid was not satisfactory then that is between ECC and them. However, it is ECC who has a duty of care to ensure the roads are safe and they are responsible for any work of a third party "licensed" to work on the road (in this case the National Grid).
It is, ultimately, ECC responsibility and it is they that should be accepting this responsibility. If the work by the National Grid was not satisfactory then that is between ECC and them. However, it is ECC who has a duty of care to ensure the roads are safe and they are responsible for any work of a third party "licensed" to work on the road (in this case the National Grid). emcee
  • Score: 16

3:25pm Sun 10 Aug 14

John Right says...

When I'm out with Mrs Right locally to Hawkwell, (we are both are cyclists), we generally tend to look at both the road surface, people and cars, but then again we don't attempt the world record whilst taking that leisurely pleasant ride.
I f people want to be green and cycle, remember your on a road, a road for vehicles, which are built to a standard, for vehicles, however if you're going to cycle , bear in mind that fact, there aren't any cycle lanes, wrapped up in cotton wool, no your on the road for heavy vehicles, and if you ride like a competitor in the Tour De France, expect a pot hole...
When I'm out with Mrs Right locally to Hawkwell, (we are both are cyclists), we generally tend to look at both the road surface, people and cars, but then again we don't attempt the world record whilst taking that leisurely pleasant ride. I f people want to be green and cycle, remember your on a road, a road for vehicles, which are built to a standard, for vehicles, however if you're going to cycle , bear in mind that fact, there aren't any cycle lanes, wrapped up in cotton wool, no your on the road for heavy vehicles, and if you ride like a competitor in the Tour De France, expect a pot hole... John Right
  • Score: -2

4:09pm Sun 10 Aug 14

bazza 1 says...

Shame on ECC for the way they allow our roads to deteriorate to the point of no return. I feel so sorry for these two, especially the young woman who was hit by a following vehicle, and sustained serious injuries. The people that ECC employ to repair the potholes are, in my opinion, useless. At least the ones I have seen at work in Basildon are. They repaired a long standing pothole near my road only a week ago, and it is already showing signs of breakout. By the winter it will be back to a pothole again. Many of the holes have also been painted months ago, but have still not been repaired. What do we pay our council tax for ? We don't get our repairs done, and now they have turned the street lights off after midnight. As a side note, has anyone tried to report a pothole on the council website? I have, and gave up after ten minutes because it kept sending me to the wrong page. Hopefully it may have had the fault fixed by now, but I wont be holding my breath.
Shame on ECC for the way they allow our roads to deteriorate to the point of no return. I feel so sorry for these two, especially the young woman who was hit by a following vehicle, and sustained serious injuries. The people that ECC employ to repair the potholes are, in my opinion, useless. At least the ones I have seen at work in Basildon are. They repaired a long standing pothole near my road only a week ago, and it is already showing signs of breakout. By the winter it will be back to a pothole again. Many of the holes have also been painted months ago, but have still not been repaired. What do we pay our council tax for ? We don't get our repairs done, and now they have turned the street lights off after midnight. As a side note, has anyone tried to report a pothole on the council website? I have, and gave up after ten minutes because it kept sending me to the wrong page. Hopefully it may have had the fault fixed by now, but I wont be holding my breath. bazza 1
  • Score: 11

4:18pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Devils Advocate says...

John Right wrote:
When I'm out with Mrs Right locally to Hawkwell, (we are both are cyclists), we generally tend to look at both the road surface, people and cars, but then again we don't attempt the world record whilst taking that leisurely pleasant ride.
I f people want to be green and cycle, remember your on a road, a road for vehicles, which are built to a standard, for vehicles, however if you're going to cycle , bear in mind that fact, there aren't any cycle lanes, wrapped up in cotton wool, no your on the road for heavy vehicles, and if you ride like a competitor in the Tour De France, expect a pot hole...
Why expect a pothole? The value for money element with both the Government and local Government has been removed. The law has not changed, all that has changed is where our money goes. The standard of the roads has been lowered and, when the day comes when people find out that all of these cut backs were done in the name of a massive lie, I hope there will be some way of putting this right. Oh, and, if you really care for Mrs. Right then you should think a little more about her safety. Riding slowly will not, for instance, reveal a six inch hole hidden by a puddle. Coincide that with a driver who does not give the lane to cyclists and the result could be really tragic. Would you still shrug your shoulders and say "Oh well, such is life?"
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: When I'm out with Mrs Right locally to Hawkwell, (we are both are cyclists), we generally tend to look at both the road surface, people and cars, but then again we don't attempt the world record whilst taking that leisurely pleasant ride. I f people want to be green and cycle, remember your on a road, a road for vehicles, which are built to a standard, for vehicles, however if you're going to cycle , bear in mind that fact, there aren't any cycle lanes, wrapped up in cotton wool, no your on the road for heavy vehicles, and if you ride like a competitor in the Tour De France, expect a pot hole...[/p][/quote]Why expect a pothole? The value for money element with both the Government and local Government has been removed. The law has not changed, all that has changed is where our money goes. The standard of the roads has been lowered and, when the day comes when people find out that all of these cut backs were done in the name of a massive lie, I hope there will be some way of putting this right. Oh, and, if you really care for Mrs. Right then you should think a little more about her safety. Riding slowly will not, for instance, reveal a six inch hole hidden by a puddle. Coincide that with a driver who does not give the lane to cyclists and the result could be really tragic. Would you still shrug your shoulders and say "Oh well, such is life?" Devils Advocate
  • Score: 20

4:53pm Sun 10 Aug 14

John Right says...

Devils Advocate wrote:
John Right wrote:
When I'm out with Mrs Right locally to Hawkwell, (we are both are cyclists), we generally tend to look at both the road surface, people and cars, but then again we don't attempt the world record whilst taking that leisurely pleasant ride.
I f people want to be green and cycle, remember your on a road, a road for vehicles, which are built to a standard, for vehicles, however if you're going to cycle , bear in mind that fact, there aren't any cycle lanes, wrapped up in cotton wool, no your on the road for heavy vehicles, and if you ride like a competitor in the Tour De France, expect a pot hole...
Why expect a pothole? The value for money element with both the Government and local Government has been removed. The law has not changed, all that has changed is where our money goes. The standard of the roads has been lowered and, when the day comes when people find out that all of these cut backs were done in the name of a massive lie, I hope there will be some way of putting this right. Oh, and, if you really care for Mrs. Right then you should think a little more about her safety. Riding slowly will not, for instance, reveal a six inch hole hidden by a puddle. Coincide that with a driver who does not give the lane to cyclists and the result could be really tragic. Would you still shrug your shoulders and say "Oh well, such is life?"
Lol any excuse for a pop at my comment, I also failed to mention a pothole covered by an anaconda lost from London zoo...
[quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: When I'm out with Mrs Right locally to Hawkwell, (we are both are cyclists), we generally tend to look at both the road surface, people and cars, but then again we don't attempt the world record whilst taking that leisurely pleasant ride. I f people want to be green and cycle, remember your on a road, a road for vehicles, which are built to a standard, for vehicles, however if you're going to cycle , bear in mind that fact, there aren't any cycle lanes, wrapped up in cotton wool, no your on the road for heavy vehicles, and if you ride like a competitor in the Tour De France, expect a pot hole...[/p][/quote]Why expect a pothole? The value for money element with both the Government and local Government has been removed. The law has not changed, all that has changed is where our money goes. The standard of the roads has been lowered and, when the day comes when people find out that all of these cut backs were done in the name of a massive lie, I hope there will be some way of putting this right. Oh, and, if you really care for Mrs. Right then you should think a little more about her safety. Riding slowly will not, for instance, reveal a six inch hole hidden by a puddle. Coincide that with a driver who does not give the lane to cyclists and the result could be really tragic. Would you still shrug your shoulders and say "Oh well, such is life?"[/p][/quote]Lol any excuse for a pop at my comment, I also failed to mention a pothole covered by an anaconda lost from London zoo... John Right
  • Score: -10

5:37pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

John Right wrote:
When I'm out with Mrs Right locally to Hawkwell, (we are both are cyclists), we generally tend to look at both the road surface, people and cars, but then again we don't attempt the world record whilst taking that leisurely pleasant ride.
I f people want to be green and cycle, remember your on a road, a road for vehicles, which are built to a standard, for vehicles, however if you're going to cycle , bear in mind that fact, there aren't any cycle lanes, wrapped up in cotton wool, no your on the road for heavy vehicles, and if you ride like a competitor in the Tour De France, expect a pot hole...
Why, how fast do you think you need to be going before a pot hole becomes a serious problem on a bike?
in the Faye Menzies case it sounds very like the driver was at fault for being to close to the cyclist.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: When I'm out with Mrs Right locally to Hawkwell, (we are both are cyclists), we generally tend to look at both the road surface, people and cars, but then again we don't attempt the world record whilst taking that leisurely pleasant ride. I f people want to be green and cycle, remember your on a road, a road for vehicles, which are built to a standard, for vehicles, however if you're going to cycle , bear in mind that fact, there aren't any cycle lanes, wrapped up in cotton wool, no your on the road for heavy vehicles, and if you ride like a competitor in the Tour De France, expect a pot hole...[/p][/quote]Why, how fast do you think you need to be going before a pot hole becomes a serious problem on a bike? in the Faye Menzies case it sounds very like the driver was at fault for being to close to the cyclist. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -5

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