National Grid quizzed over teen in hospital

National Grid question over teen in hospital

National Grid question over teen in hospital

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THE National Grid could face action over roadworks which threw a teenager from her bike, leaving her fighting for her life in hospital.

Essex County Council is considering taking action against the company and its contractors after a 3ins-deep pothole in roadworks in Southend Road, Rochford, threw the 18-year-old into the path of a car.

The teen, from Rochford, is now in a serious but stable condition in the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel.

National Grid resurfaced the area, which is a couple of hundred yards north of the Anne Boleyn pub, after a request from the county council on Tuesday.

The authority is also facing questions as cyclist Dan Makin and Rochford district councillor Jill Lucas-Gill both reported the problem a week ago.

Officers have admitted only scheduling the pothole for inspection, rather than repair, within 28 days, despite Mr Makin reporting he broke his shoulder and collarbone after hitting the same fault.

Mr Makin, 40, from Ashingdon, who was in hospital for a week after hitting the pothole, said: “I can’t believe the 28-day response – it’s simply mental.

“They had information at their disposal which confirmed I was a cyclist who sustained injury which left me hospitalised for a week as a result of a road fault.

“Why would you wait for 28 days to investigate that?”

The relaxed response comes when County Hall is flush with cash to deal with potholes.

Thanks to a £4.4million allocation from the Government recently, the council now has £17.5million to improve the road network across the county.

A county council spokesman said: “The council will continue to investigate and, if appropriate, will be taking the matter up with National Grid and its contractors.”

A National Grid spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with the injured cyclist – we wish her a prompt and full recovery.

“Safety is our priority and we do all we can to ensure our engineering and reinstatement work is delivered to the highest standards.

“National Grid had not previously been contacted about any problems with its work in the area and it’s not yet been confirmed who was responsible for the previous resurfacing.

“However, when Essex County Council highways authority sought some assistance after the incident, we agreed to help out and arranged for the section of road to be resurfaced.

“National Grid will assist with the investigation into the incident and we’re looking into work we’ve have done in the area.”

Police are investigating the incident, which happened at about 1.20pm on Monday when a silver Renault Clio hit the cyclist.

Anyone with information can call police on 101.

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9:52am Fri 4 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

Go for it Dan Makin and The injured girl, don't give up on it, i saw that repair about to take place Thursday, and it looked like a small mountain range.
Go for it Dan Makin and The injured girl, don't give up on it, i saw that repair about to take place Thursday, and it looked like a small mountain range. Robin Reliant
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10:53am Fri 4 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

Good old ECC, passing the blame. Why can't they fill the hole in after the first report. 28 days to investigate is nonsense .
Good old ECC, passing the blame. Why can't they fill the hole in after the first report. 28 days to investigate is nonsense . Maddogg
  • Score: -4

11:49am Fri 4 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

Must be a lot of councilors with not much to do today, apart from thumbs down.
Must be a lot of councilors with not much to do today, apart from thumbs down. Maddogg
  • Score: -3

12:35pm Fri 4 Jul 14

ddf35 says...

Maddogg wrote:
Must be a lot of councilors with not much to do today, apart from thumbs down.
yes there does seem to be a lot of thumbs down on posts which really arent fitting of it!

*awaits thumbs down*
[quote][p][bold]Maddogg[/bold] wrote: Must be a lot of councilors with not much to do today, apart from thumbs down.[/p][/quote]yes there does seem to be a lot of thumbs down on posts which really arent fitting of it! *awaits thumbs down* ddf35
  • Score: -3

1:05pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

ddf35 wrote:
Maddogg wrote:
Must be a lot of councilors with not much to do today, apart from thumbs down.
yes there does seem to be a lot of thumbs down on posts which really arent fitting of it!

*awaits thumbs down*
They don't like it up 'em....
[quote][p][bold]ddf35[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maddogg[/bold] wrote: Must be a lot of councilors with not much to do today, apart from thumbs down.[/p][/quote]yes there does seem to be a lot of thumbs down on posts which really arent fitting of it! *awaits thumbs down*[/p][/quote]They don't like it up 'em.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: -4

1:12pm Fri 4 Jul 14

emcee says...

ECC are sounding a little nervous and are trying to play a "get out of jail free" card even though, ultimately, and regardless who they contract or ask to do the work, they (ECC) are responsible.

These accidents are a direct result of the lacklustre effort by ECC to make the road surfaces of Essex safe and they should, firstly, accept responsibility for these two injuries and, secondly, vastly improve their road inspection rate and get ALL potholes repaired ultra quickly. ECC's current attitude is going to land them with a mass of claims and litigations if they do not buck up their ideas.
ECC are sounding a little nervous and are trying to play a "get out of jail free" card even though, ultimately, and regardless who they contract or ask to do the work, they (ECC) are responsible. These accidents are a direct result of the lacklustre effort by ECC to make the road surfaces of Essex safe and they should, firstly, accept responsibility for these two injuries and, secondly, vastly improve their road inspection rate and get ALL potholes repaired ultra quickly. ECC's current attitude is going to land them with a mass of claims and litigations if they do not buck up their ideas. emcee
  • Score: -7

3:42pm Fri 4 Jul 14

ddf35 says...

I'm sure their legal department is working well to find all the loopholes to get out of it. Like the £20 i tried to claim back for a busted tyre... Not their fault they said - yet the entire stretch of road was resurfaced a month or so after it was reported. "the road is fine (no its not)"

No one's perfect, but we just expect honesty, but all we seem to get is arrogance & avoidance.

*awaits thumbs down*
I'm sure their legal department is working well to find all the loopholes to get out of it. Like the £20 i tried to claim back for a busted tyre... Not their fault they said - yet the entire stretch of road was resurfaced a month or so after it was reported. "the road is fine (no its not)" No one's perfect, but we just expect honesty, but all we seem to get is arrogance & avoidance. *awaits thumbs down* ddf35
  • Score: -3

4:56pm Fri 4 Jul 14

John Right says...

You ride at your own risk, there are good riders and a lot of bad riders.
You ride at your own risk, there are good riders and a lot of bad riders. John Right
  • Score: 8

5:23pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

ddf35 wrote:
Maddogg wrote:
Must be a lot of councilors with not much to do today, apart from thumbs down.
yes there does seem to be a lot of thumbs down on posts which really arent fitting of it!

*awaits thumbs down*
I'm used to it. It's the resident idiots who frequent this website, usually at weekends. They are seriously underemployed, seriously thick and seriously barmy.

Don't take any notice. I don't.

I just enjoy rattling their cages then moving on to the next story.

Some of them are the same idiots who attack anyone who puts forward a common sense point of view, often hurling insults, lies and stupid comments that are irrelevant.

This is a serious subject as this girl lies seriously injured yet the usual very SMALL army of morons has to detract attention onto themselves.

For those with more than half a brain cell, here is a link upon which you can report any kind of bad road condition including potholes.

As Essex CC has all that money, let's get them spending it so this sort of horror can be avoided in future.

I wish this young girl a speedy recovery.

https://secureweb1.e
ssexcc.gov.uk/Highwa
ys/Report-a-highway-
problem.aspx
[quote][p][bold]ddf35[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maddogg[/bold] wrote: Must be a lot of councilors with not much to do today, apart from thumbs down.[/p][/quote]yes there does seem to be a lot of thumbs down on posts which really arent fitting of it! *awaits thumbs down*[/p][/quote]I'm used to it. It's the resident idiots who frequent this website, usually at weekends. They are seriously underemployed, seriously thick and seriously barmy. Don't take any notice. I don't. I just enjoy rattling their cages then moving on to the next story. Some of them are the same idiots who attack anyone who puts forward a common sense point of view, often hurling insults, lies and stupid comments that are irrelevant. This is a serious subject as this girl lies seriously injured yet the usual very SMALL army of morons has to detract attention onto themselves. For those with more than half a brain cell, here is a link upon which you can report any kind of bad road condition including potholes. As Essex CC has all that money, let's get them spending it so this sort of horror can be avoided in future. I wish this young girl a speedy recovery. https://secureweb1.e ssexcc.gov.uk/Highwa ys/Report-a-highway- problem.aspx Kim Gandy
  • Score: -8

6:15pm Fri 4 Jul 14

woolstone says...

All the council do is come round paint lines around the holes and don't come back to fill them. The painted lines have disappeared, so they have got to start the procedure all over again, waste of money the whole thing.
All the council do is come round paint lines around the holes and don't come back to fill them. The painted lines have disappeared, so they have got to start the procedure all over again, waste of money the whole thing. woolstone
  • Score: -4

6:38pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

John Right wrote:
You ride at your own risk, there are good riders and a lot of bad riders.
You're all heart
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: You ride at your own risk, there are good riders and a lot of bad riders.[/p][/quote]You're all heart Kim Gandy
  • Score: -6

6:53pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

Funny how "John Right" has thumbs up. Pity the Labour group have little else to do than post rubbish then denigrate everyone else's point of view.

But then that's their mentality. Isn't it Cockroach?
Funny how "John Right" has thumbs up. Pity the Labour group have little else to do than post rubbish then denigrate everyone else's point of view. But then that's their mentality. Isn't it Cockroach? Kim Gandy
  • Score: -18

9:18pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Biker One says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Funny how "John Right" has thumbs up. Pity the Labour group have little else to do than post rubbish then denigrate everyone else's point of view.

But then that's their mentality. Isn't it Cockroach?
John Right only appears in bike related topics to thumb down everyone. Perhaps he only has one leg and no C*CK due to a severe crossbar incident!
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Funny how "John Right" has thumbs up. Pity the Labour group have little else to do than post rubbish then denigrate everyone else's point of view. But then that's their mentality. Isn't it Cockroach?[/p][/quote]John Right only appears in bike related topics to thumb down everyone. Perhaps he only has one leg and no C*CK due to a severe crossbar incident! Biker One
  • Score: -8

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