Road resurfacing work ‘disgusting'

Road resurfacing work ‘disgusting'

Road resurfacing work ‘disgusting'

First published in News

FED-UP residents claim resurfacing work carried out by Essex County Council looks like the work of “cowboy builders”.

Neighbours in Bedford Road, Laindon, have complained to council bosses, after contractors tarmaced over grids, splashed black asphalt up new curb stones and left parts of the road crumbling.

Residents say grids have filled with loose gravel, putting them at risk of flooding.

Resident, Bob Taylor, 65, said: “It’s absolutely disgusting.

“You can see the yellow paint from the single yellow lines through the tarmac.

“The tarmac has crumbled and the drains are filling with stones which we are worried about in case it floods.

“Quite a few of the residents have emailed Essex Highways, but there has been a complete lack of communication.

“If you had paid to have this work done privately, you just would not pay the contractors.

“Essex County Council say the work has been signed off, but it looks like a bunch of cowboys did it.” Mr Taylor added he was also worried about safety in the road, after the works.

He said: “The way they have done the ramps on the drop curbs is very awkward.

“We have friends with wheelchairs and pushchairs and it is difficult for them.”

Mark Ellis, Ukip Essex County councillor for Laindon, said: “I have received a number of complaints from residents who are all unhappy about the road. I have been in contact with Rodney Bass, the councillor responsible for Highways and have requested the road is reinspected.

Some of the road has broken up and there is bitumen splashed all over the curb stones.

“It really is terrible, to walk down there you would not think the road had just been done.”

However, an Essex Highways spokesman said the council did not agree there was a problem with the works. The spokesman said: “We have recently carried out micro surfacing works at this site, which involved using a widely-used method of resurfacing these type of roads.

Staff have assessed the road and are satisfied no further works are required.

“The surface will continue to improve over time.”

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8:31am Wed 13 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

".....However, an Essex Highways spokesman said the council did not agree there was a problem with the works. The spokesman said: “We have recently carried out micro surfacing works at this site, which involved using a widely-used method of resurfacing these type of roads

"Staff have assessed the road and are satisfied no further works are required.

“The surface will continue to improve over time.” You sure?

Who are these "spokesmen"? And have they actually inspected the work themselves before commenting?

Time to bring out of the woodwork, council "spokesmen" who frequently comment on such matters but who have obviously not bothered to examine them closely themselves.

Also the "officers" on big fat salaries who oversee such work.. time to review all their massive paypackets and pension schemes and see if they are worthy of the jobs they do, also their criteria for employing contractors to do such works - and their suitability for the job also.

Since it's my money being spent, I'd like a few answers. Perhaps the reporter that wrote this could do an in depth probe into this. These are the kinds of things we'd like to know.
".....However, an Essex Highways spokesman said the council did not agree there was a problem with the works. The spokesman said: “We have recently carried out micro surfacing works at this site, which involved using a widely-used method of resurfacing these type of roads "Staff have assessed the road and are satisfied no further works are required. “The surface will continue to improve over time.” You sure? Who are these "spokesmen"? And have they actually inspected the work themselves before commenting? Time to bring out of the woodwork, council "spokesmen" who frequently comment on such matters but who have obviously not bothered to examine them closely themselves. Also the "officers" on big fat salaries who oversee such work.. time to review all their massive paypackets and pension schemes and see if they are worthy of the jobs they do, also their criteria for employing contractors to do such works - and their suitability for the job also. Since it's my money being spent, I'd like a few answers. Perhaps the reporter that wrote this could do an in depth probe into this. These are the kinds of things we'd like to know. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 22

8:50am Wed 13 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands..
Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands.. sesibollox
  • Score: -15

9:00am Wed 13 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

sesibollox wrote:
Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands..
I disagree, it is their immediate environment which they have sought to keep clean and tidy.

Would you like me to come and drop a load of rubbish close to your home?
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands..[/p][/quote]I disagree, it is their immediate environment which they have sought to keep clean and tidy. Would you like me to come and drop a load of rubbish close to your home? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 9

9:04am Wed 13 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands..
I disagree, it is their immediate environment which they have sought to keep clean and tidy.

Would you like me to come and drop a load of rubbish close to your home?
Luckily I live on a hill, shyte rolls down hills, and you're in the valley...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands..[/p][/quote]I disagree, it is their immediate environment which they have sought to keep clean and tidy. Would you like me to come and drop a load of rubbish close to your home?[/p][/quote]Luckily I live on a hill, shyte rolls down hills, and you're in the valley... sesibollox
  • Score: -18

9:22am Wed 13 Aug 14

billericay boy says...

I contacted ECC a last year regarding the mess that they made spaying that stuff I said to them the kids on my street could have done a better job and you have made it just worse and should have left it alone. There response to me was, it's the best we can do with the funding we have got to do it, I said you should have left it alone and when you have saved enough money do the job properly. Just the same when they re sprayed the paths with black stuff two months later weeds popped up from it. Personal it's all about spending there end of year budget quickly, they don't care how they spend it as long as they get same funding as last year.
I contacted ECC a last year regarding the mess that they made spaying that stuff I said to them the kids on my street could have done a better job and you have made it just worse and should have left it alone. There response to me was, it's the best we can do with the funding we have got to do it, I said you should have left it alone and when you have saved enough money do the job properly. Just the same when they re sprayed the paths with black stuff two months later weeds popped up from it. Personal it's all about spending there end of year budget quickly, they don't care how they spend it as long as they get same funding as last year. billericay boy
  • Score: 27

10:51am Wed 13 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
".....However, an Essex Highways spokesman said the council did not agree there was a problem with the works. The spokesman said: “We have recently carried out micro surfacing works at this site, which involved using a widely-used method of resurfacing these type of roads

"Staff have assessed the road and are satisfied no further works are required.

“The surface will continue to improve over time.” You sure?

Who are these "spokesmen"? And have they actually inspected the work themselves before commenting?

Time to bring out of the woodwork, council "spokesmen" who frequently comment on such matters but who have obviously not bothered to examine them closely themselves.

Also the "officers" on big fat salaries who oversee such work.. time to review all their massive paypackets and pension schemes and see if they are worthy of the jobs they do, also their criteria for employing contractors to do such works - and their suitability for the job also.

Since it's my money being spent, I'd like a few answers. Perhaps the reporter that wrote this could do an in depth probe into this. These are the kinds of things we'd like to know.
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: ".....However, an Essex Highways spokesman said the council did not agree there was a problem with the works. The spokesman said: “We have recently carried out micro surfacing works at this site, which involved using a widely-used method of resurfacing these type of roads "Staff have assessed the road and are satisfied no further works are required. “The surface will continue to improve over time.” You sure? Who are these "spokesmen"? And have they actually inspected the work themselves before commenting? Time to bring out of the woodwork, council "spokesmen" who frequently comment on such matters but who have obviously not bothered to examine them closely themselves. Also the "officers" on big fat salaries who oversee such work.. time to review all their massive paypackets and pension schemes and see if they are worthy of the jobs they do, also their criteria for employing contractors to do such works - and their suitability for the job also. Since it's my money being spent, I'd like a few answers. Perhaps the reporter that wrote this could do an in depth probe into this. These are the kinds of things we'd like to know.[/p][/quote]Well said. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 14

12:23pm Wed 13 Aug 14

MitchLive says...

Well it's in Laindon so probably fits in well with the state of the rest of the place.
Well it's in Laindon so probably fits in well with the state of the rest of the place. MitchLive
  • Score: -12

12:32pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands..
I disagree, it is their immediate environment which they have sought to keep clean and tidy.

Would you like me to come and drop a load of rubbish close to your home?
Dropping a load of rubbish close to someones home and poor workmanship are two completely different things - get a life
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands..[/p][/quote]I disagree, it is their immediate environment which they have sought to keep clean and tidy. Would you like me to come and drop a load of rubbish close to your home?[/p][/quote]Dropping a load of rubbish close to someones home and poor workmanship are two completely different things - get a life Controversial1
  • Score: -9

3:55pm Wed 13 Aug 14

maddriver says...

sesibollox wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands..
I disagree, it is their immediate environment which they have sought to keep clean and tidy.

Would you like me to come and drop a load of rubbish close to your home?
Luckily I live on a hill, shyte rolls down hills, and you're in the valley...
You must be one of those pieces then.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands..[/p][/quote]I disagree, it is their immediate environment which they have sought to keep clean and tidy. Would you like me to come and drop a load of rubbish close to your home?[/p][/quote]Luckily I live on a hill, shyte rolls down hills, and you're in the valley...[/p][/quote]You must be one of those pieces then. maddriver
  • Score: 3

3:58pm Wed 13 Aug 14

maddriver says...

sesibollox wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands..
I disagree, it is their immediate environment which they have sought to keep clean and tidy.

Would you like me to come and drop a load of rubbish close to your home?
Luckily I live on a hill, shyte rolls down hills, and you're in the valley...
You must be one of those pieces then.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands..[/p][/quote]I disagree, it is their immediate environment which they have sought to keep clean and tidy. Would you like me to come and drop a load of rubbish close to your home?[/p][/quote]Luckily I live on a hill, shyte rolls down hills, and you're in the valley...[/p][/quote]You must be one of those pieces then. maddriver
  • Score: 5

6:45pm Wed 13 Aug 14

the25man says...

It tickles me pink to hear people complaining about workman ship that they know nothing about.
Looking at the photo it looks like a spray over with stone thrown over which will leave loose stones that are then swept up but some break loose later.
It tickles me pink to hear people complaining about workman ship that they know nothing about. Looking at the photo it looks like a spray over with stone thrown over which will leave loose stones that are then swept up but some break loose later. the25man
  • Score: -5

8:25pm Wed 13 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

looks lie the cowboys are in town
looks lie the cowboys are in town CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 6

7:17am Thu 14 Aug 14

andyman1971 says...

sesibollox wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands..
I disagree, it is their immediate environment which they have sought to keep clean and tidy.

Would you like me to come and drop a load of rubbish close to your home?
Luckily I live on a hill, shyte rolls down hills, and you're in the valley...
The word "CLOCK" without the "L" certainly springs to mind!
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Hardly the M25, an under used cul de sac populated non car owners, with far too much time on their hands..[/p][/quote]I disagree, it is their immediate environment which they have sought to keep clean and tidy. Would you like me to come and drop a load of rubbish close to your home?[/p][/quote]Luckily I live on a hill, shyte rolls down hills, and you're in the valley...[/p][/quote]The word "CLOCK" without the "L" certainly springs to mind! andyman1971
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Thu 14 Aug 14

jenny cordery says...

The A132 just b4 pitsea has been done about a month ago and is all coming up.must b the same workman.
The A132 just b4 pitsea has been done about a month ago and is all coming up.must b the same workman. jenny cordery
  • Score: 6

11:23pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Laindonlocal says...

I walk down Bedford rd on way to station, I would not like this to be my rd .Most of the drains and manholes have tarmac over them so you unable to open them.This stops water going down the drains,walk down Bedford rd your self and see the problems .This is our money being wasted by ESSEX COUNCIL.Look at photos on BBC RAIDO ESSEX and judge for your self also this road is not a CUL DE SAC
I walk down Bedford rd on way to station, I would not like this to be my rd .Most of the drains and manholes have tarmac over them so you unable to open them.This stops water going down the drains,walk down Bedford rd your self and see the problems .This is our money being wasted by ESSEX COUNCIL.Look at photos on BBC RAIDO ESSEX and judge for your self also this road is not a CUL DE SAC Laindonlocal
  • Score: 7

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