Desperation over poor state of Canvey road

Caught in the act – as Echo photographer Luan Marshall took pictures of councillor Peter May, front, and campaigners, a lorry mounted the pavement behind them

Caught in the act – as Echo photographer Luan Marshall took pictures of councillor Peter May, front, and campaigners, a lorry mounted the pavement behind them

First published in Local News

A FURIOUS councillor has threatened to take County Hall to the Local Government Ombudsman over a threeyear battle to fix “appalling” pavements in Canvey.

The poor condition of Linden Way has been branded a “disgrace” as the busy residential street is riddled with broken kerbstones, potholes, broken drains and cracked pavements.

Despite persistent complaints from borough and county councillors, as well as MP Rebecca Harris, Essex County Council has yet to repair all of the damage.

Now, Canvey Independent councillor Peter May is threatening to take the county council to the Local Government Ombudsman, claiming he has exhausted every possible means of getting the problems fixed.

Mr May, who represents Canvey central ward, said: “This has been going on for about three years now and enough is enough. The road is atrocious.

Even the MP said the condition of the road was disgusting.

“We took more than 100 photos and sent them to county councillor Rodney Bass. Our county councillors have tried, and I keep leaving them messages, but they never respond.

“Even Environmental Health found 60 faults with the road and filed a report.

“The council encourages people to report defects, but I don’t know how a resident would get on when even councillors and the MP can’t get something fixed.”

Most of the problems are said to be caused by articulated lorries, which regularly mount the kerbs when they turn into Linden Way.

Mr May also claims because the double yellow lines are so faded in Linden Way, cars regularly park at the corner with Long Road, making it dangerous for drivers.

He added: “It’s a wonder there hasn’t been an accident because drivers can’t see when they turn into Linden Way and have to stop with half their car sticking out into Long Road.”

County Hall claims it has carried out several repairs on the road and more are on the way.

An Essex Highways spokesman said: “Repairs have recently been carried out in Linden Way and further jobs have been raised and will be undertaken once the required underground statutory search to identify any gas, electrical or water utilities in the vicinity is completed.

“Essex County Council is encouraging all staff to update customers and to be responsive and flexible to the needs of Essex residents.”

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7:23am Wed 9 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Blame the large delivery lorries, as seen in the pic, but don't blame the council, this is a national problem.
Blame the large delivery lorries, as seen in the pic, but don't blame the council, this is a national problem. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -1

11:03am Wed 9 Apr 14

marshman says...

Shocked candidates in huddle for camera as road legal truck uses public highway.

Oh well, must be silly season again.
Shocked candidates in huddle for camera as road legal truck uses public highway. Oh well, must be silly season again. marshman
  • Score: 1

12:50pm Wed 9 Apr 14

iknowbetter says...

marshman wrote:
Shocked candidates in huddle for camera as road legal truck uses public highway.

Oh well, must be silly season again.
I'm not convinced footpaths are part of a public highway to be used by arctic lorries, I may be wrong though as outside GMD even with yellow lines it seems it is acceptable, the police seem to quite happily give way to oncoming vehicles due to vans and cars parked on the pavement, on double yellows restricting traffic and pedestrian access rather then issue a ticket fot the, well what I thought was a road traffic offence.
I must remember to locate a pavement and double yellow to park on next time I'm on Canvey as it seems no one gives a toss, and I can use the money I have saved from parking in a legit space on other things.
[quote][p][bold]marshman[/bold] wrote: Shocked candidates in huddle for camera as road legal truck uses public highway. Oh well, must be silly season again.[/p][/quote]I'm not convinced footpaths are part of a public highway to be used by arctic lorries, I may be wrong though as outside GMD even with yellow lines it seems it is acceptable, the police seem to quite happily give way to oncoming vehicles due to vans and cars parked on the pavement, on double yellows restricting traffic and pedestrian access rather then issue a ticket fot the, well what I thought was a road traffic offence. I must remember to locate a pavement and double yellow to park on next time I'm on Canvey as it seems no one gives a toss, and I can use the money I have saved from parking in a legit space on other things. iknowbetter
  • Score: 2

4:05pm Wed 9 Apr 14

MilesBond says...

"Arctic lorry".

Must have been delivering to Iceland
"Arctic lorry". Must have been delivering to Iceland MilesBond
  • Score: 0

4:59pm Wed 9 Apr 14

wolf run says...

Who is the man in the background standing at the gate?? !!!!!
Who is the man in the background standing at the gate?? !!!!! wolf run
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9:37am Thu 10 Apr 14

upset says...

Same old faces moaning, your leader DB is a County Councillor why not complain to him?
Same old faces moaning, your leader DB is a County Councillor why not complain to him? upset
  • Score: -3

12:49pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Ian P says...

"An Essex Highways spokesman said: “Repairs have recently been carried out in Linden Way and further jobs have been raised and will be undertaken once the required underground statutory search to identify any gas, electrical or water utilities in the vicinity is completed". As all services have to be a minimum distance below the surface why is the information required before the normal quality of 'repair' is carried out? You are not going to damage any of the services by throwing a bit of cheap tarmac in the hole and stamping it down, only for it to break up two weeks later. As ECC are responsible for the condition of the highways they should already have all the necessary information and not have to conduct time delaying surveys everytime a pothole appears.
"An Essex Highways spokesman said: “Repairs have recently been carried out in Linden Way and further jobs have been raised and will be undertaken once the required underground statutory search to identify any gas, electrical or water utilities in the vicinity is completed". As all services have to be a minimum distance below the surface why is the information required before the normal quality of 'repair' is carried out? You are not going to damage any of the services by throwing a bit of cheap tarmac in the hole and stamping it down, only for it to break up two weeks later. As ECC are responsible for the condition of the highways they should already have all the necessary information and not have to conduct time delaying surveys everytime a pothole appears. Ian P
  • Score: 2

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