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Harlow Labour ask: “Does it take an election to get Tories to fix roads?”

News / Tue 4th Apr 2017 at 01:46pm

HARLOW LABOUR PARTY ASKS: DOES IT TAKE AN ELECTION TO GET ACTION TO IMPROVE OUR ROADS FROM THE TORIES AT COUNTY HALL?

Mark and Eugenie

THERE has been some positive news regarding roads and road infrastructure in Harlow says Harlow Labour.

Despite Essex County Council deciding as late as January the 27th this year that the potholed surface of The Fortunes “did not meet their criteria for repair”, a petition from angry residents of the estate and a question from Labour County Councillor, Mike Danvers to Eddie Johnson, Tory Councillor with responsibility for roads and highways in a full Council meeting in Chelmsford, has brought about a sharp U-turn and the estate was resurfaced within weeks.

Local resident Shelly Davis said: “The potholes in our area were so bad and we have been reporting them since 2012 but weren’t getting anywhere with Essex County Council.

“At the beginning of this year (and as a last resort) I decided to e-mail various local Councillors to ask for help and thankfully Mark Ingall got in touch immediately. He was willing to listen from the outset and we all felt thoroughly supported by him. He even came to visit local residents several times to check on the status of the repairs. Thankfully, I am delighted to say that our potholes have now been fixed and certain sections of the road re-surfaced and we are all thrilled with this achievement.”

Another local resident, Laura Blake said: “We have been battling with Essex Highways since 2012. Each time the Surveyor came out to investigate, we were told we weren’t a priority because we are not on the main road. We had finally had enough in January after 3 cars were damaged and got in touch with Mark. We now have fresh tarmac laid and no more potholes. The local residents are delighted.”

Mark Ingall, Labour Councillor for Bush Fair said: “Essex County Council has shown extraordinary complacency over the condition of our roads. It is almost unbelievable that just last month they were claiming 90 percent of Harlow’s roads were in good condition. They are not. There is a backlog of thousands of potholes, rusted and broken street signs, stumps of lampposts wrapped in yellow danger tape and road signage that has rusted away and no longer directs traffic as it should.

“Then there are the delayed road safety improvements. Cars are being damaged, Harlow residents are being inconvenienced and road users, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are being endangered. I’m glad the work in The Fortunes has finally been done, but it should not take years of complaints, damaged vehicles and the threat of an election to bring about action.”

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3 Comments for Harlow Labour ask: “Does it take an election to get Tories to fix roads?”:

UKMaverick785
2017-04-04 23:32:46

Suddenly, now there is an election Labour are making a song and dance about roads, potholes and pavements. Over the last four years how many Labour Councillors have reported issues to Essex Highways on behalf of their residents? Here in Mark Hall we have three Labour District Councillors, one the former Head of Design and Engineering Services, and Cllr.Danvers as our County Councillor - yet our roads are full of holes and paving slabs are all over the place. It's time they did their job as well as Essex County Council!!!

D.p.l
2017-04-05 08:29:28

This is a bit rich coming from the Labour administration party. They arectgecsame when it comes to local matters. Like road sweeping and edge trimming. Why are the Halow Labour administration party making a big issue about potholes here in Bush fair, So if I remember, until 2014 the Labour administration party had three councillors here in Bush Fair and did they do anything about potholes here in the ward,NO they didn't. The people of Harlow pay for and deserve a servicecevey year from the Labour Harlow administration party and the Tory Essex administration party.

D.p.l
2017-04-05 08:58:29

The local Administrating party turn a blind eye to Anti social behaviour and the victims of the behaviour. There is a saying for this, people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

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