People against Potholes protest takes place on First Avenue

News / Sun 22nd Jan 2023 at 01:48pm

HARLOW Labour and Green Party members as well as members of the public walked the length of First Avenue to highlight the problems of potholes in Harlow.

It is clear that since the December snows, the roads surfaces all over Harlow have become even worse.

From Harlow Mill to Haydens Road and across to Brookside, we have had reports of people whose cars have been damaged after encountering a pothole.

For every infrastructure, levelling up, new homes story we publish, many many readers point out that it really means nothing until Essex County Council sort out the roads.

And readers mean, sort out as patching is clearly a sticking plaster.

On Thursday, Labour announced that they were hosting a protest walk down the length of First Avenue.

On Saturday night, Harlow Council leader announced that work on First Avenue was underway.

On Sunday morning, we went down to First Avenue to interview Labour leader Chris Vince about the protest and the potholes.

As you may see from our film, you can witness a number of cars swerving out of the way of the potholes.

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32 Comments for People against Potholes protest takes place on First Avenue:

David Forman
2023-01-22 14:19:35

What, No placards! Largely Momentum members on a jamboree. Turnout is dreadful.

2023-01-22 15:14:12

Yes, I saw about 20 gathered under a Bus shelter on First Ave at the start when taking the dog out. Impressive that it seems even most of Labour’s own councillors didn’t bother to participate. What did Labour do to address the potholes during their 10 years in administration? Why were they not matching then? Same old Momentum shower as David Forman mentions. Look more like a group of ramblers.

peter Henegan
2023-01-22 15:28:29

At least they are doing something (unlike me)!! And Connie, what do you have against ramblers?

2023-01-22 15:34:03

Peter Henegan, I have nothing against ramblers. Given the protesters carried no placards or banners, they must appeared as a group of ramblers to any passers by or motorists. Nobody would think this was a protest.

Yasmin Gregory
2023-01-22 15:36:51

BBC Politics East last week did a report on potholes. You can still catch it on iPlayer. Old Harlow is featured and Edinburgh Way. Due to time constraints the reporter was unable to get more footage. Cllr Scott spoke the following day on bbc essex radio and said that he would always prioritise other services over potholes. I will be asking if he is permitted to divert funds. There will be a fatality unless the roads are brought up to the standard so that they are fit for purpose. Delamination is as damaging to vehicles as the craters. The residents of The Hill and Momples Road will vouch for that. Great that Harlow Council’s leader has said that the roads along First Avenue will be prioritised and fixed. I didn’t think Harlow Council were responsible for fixing potholes.

Cllr Jodi Dunne.
2023-01-22 15:49:58

Was a great turnout, including seven Harlow Labour councillors, keeping the pressure on Tory-run Essex County Council to finally do something about our roads.

David Summerville
2023-01-22 16:08:10

Like many others I would like to have joined the protest but could not make it--it is a valid response to the disgusting way this town is treated by the Tory electorate at County Hall, and an sad reflection that the town's Tory representatives there have not stood up for the needs of Harlow people--shame on them. We deserve better.

Bruce Downey
2023-01-22 16:09:58

One person and his dog the only true member of the public, and he just happened to be passing.🤭

David Vincent
2023-01-22 16:11:51

Labour councillor and Momentum member Jodi Dunne sets his sights low if he thinks 20 is a "great turnout" when Harlow Labour Party has around 200 members. So 9 out 10 sat on their sofas

2023-01-22 16:19:13

Cllr Dunne, a great turnout ?? I saw it! About 20 and by your own admission, about third were the Labour organisers! That is about 0.02% of Harlow’s resident population of around 93,000’ Why didn’t you march against Essex Tory County Council when you were in administration? At least the Conservatives are getting the repairs started rather than just whinging to call attention to yourselves! Labour failed Harlow for a decade!

Tony Durcan
2023-01-22 16:37:27

Typical Tory response, let’s not deal with the issue,let make negative points about anything else. Seriously we have a problem with the infrastructure of this town and ignoring the breakdown of the roads is not an option. Why build new when we can’t fix current. Come on you Tory fans ,own the issue and collectively let get something done. Give credit at least these people are going something. What can you do….

2023-01-22 17:37:34

I don’t disagree with several of Cllr Durcan’s comments and effective action is required. However, Cllr Dunne, did any Labour Councillor notify Essex County Council of this protest march and actually take the trouble to film it as evidence to send to ECC. If not, how will ECC even know of it? It is only results that count. If you did not take these measures, then it would suggest that it was nothing more than a locally aimed publicity stunt… a not a very effective one at that! 20 people, including 7 sponsors/organisers! If that is success, can’t imagine what constitutes failure for you!

2023-01-22 17:49:51

What about the road in sumners the potholes down there is a disgrace so many holes round bends over speed bumps and by the school Sounds like most of harlow needs to be dug up and re done not just a patch up to save money a proper job to be done

Cllr Jodi Dunne
2023-01-22 18:01:12

FYI, I'm not a member of Momentum.

Cllr Jodi Dunne
2023-01-22 18:14:08

And there were in fact demonstrations against ECC for all sorts of things while Labour were in power, topically one about potholes on Southern Way and many against the closure of our libraries, which was very successful.

2023-01-22 19:29:42

Cllr Jodi Dunne please inform when you ceased to a member of the hard left Momentum faction as YH article states that you and several other Labour Councillors are: https://www.yourharlow.com/2020/10/30/harlow-labours-momentum-councillors-stay-silent-over-antisemitism-report-but-laura-mcalpine-is-defiant/ Be interesting to know the truth. Hopefully it more credible than your concept of 20 people constituting a “great turnout”!

Daryl Chilcott
2023-01-22 21:27:21

I was going to attend but got a puncture on a pothole on Southern Way.

Middle Class Mike
2023-01-22 21:37:52

I am a political neutral person but under Labour the Pot Holes were never this bad. A lot of things were never as bad as they are under the Tories who are out to protect the elite sadly.

2023-01-22 21:43:24

Cllr Jodie Dunne claims not be a member of Momentum ( is he merely a supporter), then why is he and other hard-left Cllr Morrison on a Facebook Harlow Momentum post dated 27 November 2022? Is this a case of Reds under the bed? There should be no place in town for rabid anti-Semitic Momentum.

2023-01-22 21:53:58

I am sure Harlow held the metal detecting World Championships and it culminated in the state we have on Momples Road! I also note on my travels that a lot of the larger Pot Holes are in fact as a direct result of poorly replaced contractor repairs so surely they should be held responsible along with Highways! The rate we are going there will be tarmac banks alongside food bank's so members of the public can go along and collect some Tarmac to fill a Pot hole themselves!

2023-01-22 21:55:46

It seems discussipn is drifting away from potholes towards Cllr Dunne’s denial of hard-left Momentum affinities. Intriguing as that might be, it is rather off topic. This march was planned to culminate in Market Square so why did YH not report /video a closing speech and show the public gathered to hear and the response? Why does the report not mention estimated numbers participating in the march? Surely that is pertinent and a matter of public interest. We should not have rely on readers to provide such data.

2023-01-23 08:39:56

Another serious matter being side tracked by petty politics. Grow up!

Tony WIseman
2023-01-23 09:39:38

Just out of interest, where was this demo' advertised? Perhaps if more people knew about it more would have attended. Let's not forget that these poor road conditions also affect the Emergency Services, which could affect the health of all of us.

Herbert Thompson
2023-01-23 09:49:43

They talked about Cars swerving into the bus lane and there was an accident with the bus going into a car a couple of weeks ago so maybe he was on the right track that’s was going to happen when it did.

Michael Szpakowski
2023-01-23 10:04:06

It’s rather depressing to see people being attacked for organising against cuts and neglect, specifically Tory cuts and neglect. The potholes are part of a pattern of the wider utter indifference by the Tories, as illustrated for example by the state of the NHS, to ordinary people’s concerns and welfare.

David morton
2023-01-23 16:27:59

What is the point of doing it on the quietest day of the week, if your going to make a point do it on a weekday rush hour otherwise know one high up will take any notice.

2023-01-23 16:31:08

Interesting Cllr Dunne has not replied to the assertions regarding his affiliation/membership of the anti-Semitic, hard left Momentum group.

2023-01-23 18:43:00

Congratulations to Harlow Labour. This post has attracted 28 comments so far, which is 8 more than the number of people who actually took part in this ‘protest’ with no banners or placards. You must be delighted.

2023-01-23 20:21:23

I'm going out spray painting penis shapes around pot holes tonight. See if that gets their erection....I mean attention

2023-01-24 05:11:36

I see a lot of political wannabes here pointing fingers - wanting to finger the blame as opposed to anything else. Councilors, how about this - instead of "tory this" and "tory that" how about "how can we all fix this together" eh? A little team work goes a long way. Facts don't change because you assign blame, it only adds fuel to a fire. A dwindling one at best but a flame none the less. This is why the UK is so stuffed, because political discourse is no longer about what we can do, but rather about who did what. Country needs a proper political shake up. Out with the old and in with the new. Seen too many "politicians" over the years spend a majority of their time pointing fingers than anything else.

Kim Oconnor
2023-01-24 10:27:22

Connie, at least people are making an effort, why are you moaning about how many were there, why, who knows next time it may be bigger. But least they are caring enough to do so.

2023-01-29 18:48:31

Anyone would think Connie has a personal vendetta against people trying to make a change and doesn’t want our roads fixed. Well done to all who made the effort to try and get change for Harlow.

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