Harlow Labour organise pothole protest to be held on First Avenue

News / Fri 20th Jan 2023 at 08:16am

THE Harlow Labour Group has organised a protest against the state of the roads in Harlow.

The message from Harlow Labour is as follows:

“The pothole crisis in Harlow is deepening with Essex County Council failing in their responsibility to maintain safe and useable roads. 

All road users and cyclists in Harlow have a story of a dangerous experience in attempting to avoid the ever growing epidemic of potholes with damage to wheels and tyres.

All residents are invited to join a demonstration march, organised by Harlow Labour, to demand urgent and immediate action to repair our roads and cycle tracks.

When: Sunday 22nd January 2023
Time: assemble 10:45 / 11am start
Where: Junction of First Ave and Momples Road (by Solo Flight sculpture)
Route: March along First Ave to Market Square

You are welcome to bring placards demanding action to fix our roads.


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21 Comments for Harlow Labour organise pothole protest to be held on First Avenue:

2023-01-20 08:41:25

I doubt anybody in ECC who has power let alone interest lives in Harlow to recognise this. I suggest w&nksy makes another appearance but highlighting as many pot holes and damage to street furniture in bright neon paint. Realistically though this would just mean our roads would go from concrete or patchy asphalt to neon, every cloud eh?It's shocking if you drive from the m11 junction down to clocktower then into town the sheer number of damaged lampposts, missing junction signs pot holes, damage to signs. It's funny there is still a merge sign by the speed camera at the back of passmores that was never removed when the road layout was changed. And don't forget the "temporary" sign by Katherine's way advertising the cycle event... These are roads supposed to be checked by ecc as they are main A roads, I suggest these inspectors have an eye test as they must be far short of being able to legally drive if they're missing all this damage or it's not being reported.

2023-01-20 09:05:32

Remember all politicians are short sighted. It a pre requisite for the job. They only react when thing explode in their face.

2023-01-20 09:29:03

They wouldn't see a pot hole unless it come up and bit them on the ass.

Bobby Bobbler
2023-01-20 09:50:53

Will they wait until a cyclist or motorcyclist is injured or killed before acting? Or perhaps if people claim for damage continually they'll realise that it might make financial sense to fix them?

2023-01-20 10:56:15

Bobby, It appears you have never had to make a claim as they make it as hard as possible for you and even in the sad event of somebody being killed i would imagine the chances of winning are limited, a lot of the present holes are the result of poorly (bodged) past repairs coupled with new ones it is making it harder to avoid them. I leave you this from ECC site. Before you invest your time making a claim against Essex County Council you should be aware that 90% of claims against us are rejected. It’s our duty to protect public funds and the Highways Act 1980 gives us a statutory defence against claims, as long we can prove that we took all reasonable steps to avoid the defect from appearing An injury or damage as a result of an incident doesn’t give an automatic right to compensation

2023-01-20 12:16:05

This just a cheap publicity stunt by Labour, who, let’s not forget presided over all our potholes for a decade and did nothing. As they have no plans for Harlow, they just jump on the one issue they can’t actually influence. People on this town know what they are.

2023-01-20 12:25:55

Connie, I do not remember these potholes being as bad as they are under labour? Not sure if have a point or just having a pop.

Peter Henegan
2023-01-20 12:41:00

Connie, what do you suggest people do, have you not read the comments, have you not seen the holes

2023-01-20 13:33:27

I don’t think this will happen. The organisers will have to do a risk assessment, which will show the risk of someone tripping and getting hurt on a pothole is too high for the event to go ahead! Oh and now I have mentioned it in public, if you are unfortunate enough to have a tumble on the event, you can sue the Labour Party. As it is now a recognised risk. Ha ha

2023-01-20 13:50:57

Connie, I do not think it matters who it is, Lab or Con they are both a load of bullshtrs the lot of them with all there lies, this is all about themselves not us.

2023-01-20 14:03:28

hahahaha @ Theman excellent demonstration of modern red tape and local governing. Come to think of it the reason the holes are not repaired might be cause the council has deemed it too dangerous for their contractors to drive over the holes or work near them as they've not yet completed their high access courses in event of a person falling in and needing rescue. Each user equipment with harness working from an A frame for safety.

Bruce Downey
2023-01-20 15:16:33

Couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery..🤭

Kim Oconnor
2023-01-20 16:59:30

😂 😂 is this for real. 8 can say ,as a life long cyclists, that cycle tracks were in same state, as when under labour, roads to for that matter. 17 cyclists killed through pot holes, that's with out damage to people s cars, motorcycles, it's dangerous out there. No one seems to care... passing the buck from high ways Essex, back to councils,, and so it goes on.

Tony Durcan
2023-01-20 17:38:44

Connie ,the roads are Tory ECC responsibility not the local council so stop blaming labour. We have a Tory MP ,4 Tory county councillors and upto last week had a Tory local councillor claiming he was going to fix the roads, who has now resigned. Also a Tory government. The Tory deputy leader has promised to build a new cycle track but he forgot the roads and tracks belong to Tory ECC, He has no power ,authority, money or even land and he’s in charge… This situation is owned by the Tories and they are accountable for their failures.

2023-01-20 17:45:09

Nothing will get done anyway they will just bodge it up instead of doing all roads properly thats why they always come up time and time again

2023-01-20 22:52:24

Cllr Durcan, with all due respect , I do remember in the 2021 local elections that the main theme of Harlow Labour’s campaign was directed towards potholes. Your party had been on administration for almost a decade and had achieved nothing regarding potholes ( not to mention town centre regeneration, council house building and maintenance, etc) yet you are again basing your campaign on potholes, which you yourself acknowledge are the responsibility of Essex County Council and not Harlow Council. Therefore, how will resorting to a Labour Administration in Harlow improve the prospects? By your own admission (2021 campaign potholes were the main concern of Labour) how will you and your Party remedy the situation? Essex County Council has 75 councillors of whom 52 are Conservative and only 5 are Labour. Therefore, it is easy to whinge from the sidelines knowing full well that you and Harlow Labour will never change anything. This is a matter for the current administration and the Conservative Harlow County Councillors to address, as they must. Your Party adds nothing and is nothing more than a fanciful distraction.

David Vincent
2023-01-21 01:12:18

Worth a go. I suspect this is just the start of the local election campaign, but it is better to try and fail than to do nothing and fail for certain, plus feel cheap into the bargain.

2023-01-22 05:49:52

David Vincent, Harlow Labour failed this town for almost a decade. Nearly all the potholes and enormous backlog of housing repairs happened under their incompetent watch. Do they think people are that stupid to attach credibility to their childish ploys?

Daryl Chilcott
2023-01-22 08:42:43

Were Harlow's roads free from potholes under Labour,or is someone passing the buck? This tiwns roads have been in a poor state for years.

Tony Durcan
2023-01-22 08:57:32

It’s a real shame but understandable that the Tory mis information team are out in force. They are worried that Harlow dares to challenge the Tory controlled county council about their responsibility about maintaining public roads and paths in Harlow. The Labour Party are advocates for the people of Harlow over this issue. Regardless of politics if you feel we need safer roads and paths then get behind this campaign. Lets tell the Tory county council that Harlow deserves better. We pay enough, let get something done.

2023-01-22 10:17:32

Here's a thought, Both Labour and Conservative have lost their way and their campaigns are solely based on negatives, taking swipes at eachother rather than working together for the benefit of ALL Harlow residents, The local elections in May are a chance for you to actually effect change, there are other options, show them how you feel at the ballet box

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