Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways Maintenance welcomes funding to fix potholes.
News / Wed 15th Mar 2023 at 04:22pm
COUNCILLOR Lee Scott, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways Maintenance and Sustainable Transport, responded to the Chancellor’s Budget and the announcement of more funding to fix potholes
Cllr Scott said: “The Chancellor’s commitment to day to help local authorities to tackle potholes is very welcome. The harsh winter conditions we’ve experienced this winter has had a significant effect on the condition of the roads so the extra support is very much needed. I look forward to confirmation being provided on the funding allocation for Essex County Council in 2023/24.”
I will believe it when I see it
I do struggle to understand the concept that all the counsellor is doing is regurgitating information that is already public knowledge, but said in a way that appears to make it look like they had a contributing factor. I too welcome this however dubious over the correct execution of how a pot hole is fixed. I.e. 2 defects spaced no further than 20m apart. One is marked, one is not as it appears confusing when reporting the exact position. The unmarked defect gets substantially worse. After about 16months passing the pot hole is filled (questionable in quality and edge finish to provide sufficient water protection, but filled never the less) however the other pot hole is now very gnarly and gets ignored because the job sheet just said one.. team trundles back to wherever their base is. Imagine if filling crews just blitzed all the main A roads stopping and filling when they find a hole. How amazing would that be and so much more efficient. But then that would require duty of care for council /public assets which isn't in the dictionary of any council, even when reported.
Call me cynical but I bet the money will get siphoned off elsewhere and the holes will remain :( All we can do is wait and see.
"The harsh winter conditions we’ve experienced this winter has had a significant effect on the condition of the roads"?? I rather think its the insufficient funding from central Government over the last 13 years, and Essex County Councils indifference to repairing the potholes that has had a far more significant effect on the condition of the roads. While I'm glad to see the extra funding, in reality, if the Government hadn't cut the funding in the first place, we wouldn't be in this mess.
Darren . Don't you mean all we can do is keep swerving
Whilst any extra money is to be welcomed we should not forget that ECC has increased Council Tax year on year and delivered little or nothing in terms of fixing potholes in Harlow. The roads are their responsibility, they have been taking our money and doing nothing. The pothole epidemic in Harlow is not the result of one harsh spell of winter weather, that only served to exacerbate the damage caused by years of neglect and failure by ECC Highways Dept under the direction of Cllr Scott. I recall a hastily released statement on 21st January from Harlow Council Leader Russell Perrin regarding immediate action, on that very evening, to repair First Avenue. 8 weeks later we're still waiting for that and for repairs to just about every other road in our town. Is it really going to take a serious accident caused by these dangerous road conditions before the Tories and ECC take the situation seriously? I do hope not. Please sign and share the petition to demand immediate action www.change.org/fixharlowroads