Manor Trading row breaks out

One of the roads on the estate

One of the roads on the estate

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TRADERS claim they are looked in a battle with a road owner over repairs to a Benfleet industrial estate.

Firms on the Manor Trading Estate have called for huge potholes and cracks to be repaired on the access road to the site.

The repair works would have to be sanctioned by Ray Dove, who privately owns the access road, but it is believed he has not acted on the demands as some business have not coughed up the cash for the last set of works done.

John Rickwood, chairman of the Manor Trading Estate Association and owner of Manor Reclaim, said: “It is horrendous down here and needs to be addressed. We continue to trade very well and we want it to continue that way so if there are some companies that aren’t paying for works carried out last year then Mr Dove should take them to court and not punish those who have paid.

“Cars are being damaged as they go down the roads and lorries are often damaging their cargo as it is pushed around because of the uneven surfaces.”

Mr Rickwood also called for Castle Point Council to sit down with the traders and Mr Dove to reach a resolution.

He said: “I understand it is outside of their remit but never the less we all pay extremely high rates and I am sure they want us to continue a thriving trade.”

The estate is home to some 83 companies vital to the local economy.

Mr Dove declined to comment.

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7:45pm Tue 26 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

i was down there 2 weeks back for the first time in 10 years....shocking place, felt terrible driving through looked like a bomb site, would hate to have a business down there or having to go there everyday.
i was down there 2 weeks back for the first time in 10 years....shocking place, felt terrible driving through looked like a bomb site, would hate to have a business down there or having to go there everyday. DogsMessInLeigh
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8:17pm Tue 26 Feb 13

upset says...

Proof readers on holiday again unless they are LOCKED in!!!!
Proof readers on holiday again unless they are LOCKED in!!!! upset
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11:08pm Tue 26 Feb 13

whataday says...

Agree with Dogsmess's comments. The roads on this trading estate are like something from the Third World. How businesses are able to continue trading there is amazing as most people I know wouldn't take their cars along there for risk of damage.
Wonder if the reluctance to repair these roads has anything to do with the rumour this estate is going to be used for housing development.
Agree with Dogsmess's comments. The roads on this trading estate are like something from the Third World. How businesses are able to continue trading there is amazing as most people I know wouldn't take their cars along there for risk of damage. Wonder if the reluctance to repair these roads has anything to do with the rumour this estate is going to be used for housing development. whataday
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5:42pm Wed 27 Feb 13

WhateverS says...

Why moan just leave not rocket science is it
Why moan just leave not rocket science is it WhateverS
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6:33pm Wed 27 Feb 13

grimmy18 says...

the road has been bad since i was little and im 18 ! my dad owned a lorry builders down there and the was holes and bumps everywhere !
the road has been bad since i was little and im 18 ! my dad owned a lorry builders down there and the was holes and bumps everywhere ! grimmy18
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