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Letter to Editor: The shame of Tumbler Road’s potholes

General / Mon 17th Apr 2023 at 07:10am

Dear Editor,

ONE would have thought that with our local MP’s recent announcement (not credited to the local council, district or county I might add) that the pothole issue would be dealt with in Harlow would have put a lid on the issue.

It is, however, my sad duty to report that Bush Fair has been neglected in this wave of apparent euphoria, in particular Tumbler Road. In fact, residents could feel downright insulted when I explain the photo attached.

As you can see, the road leading down to Nicholls Field has been finished to an admittedly reasonable standard. Yet a matter of a few yards away sits a collection of chasm-like potholes typical of Tumbler Road’s moonscape-esque landscape.

While I was taking the aforementioned photo, your correspondent witnessed several motorcycle riders radically alter their course lest they be thrown from their vehicles by the yawning gaps in front of them.

How can this vital artery of Bush Fair be ignored to such a dangerous degree? Our roads need a complete refurbishment, not patching up as we have seen on First Avenue.

The Harlow Labour Party’s campaigns have shamed the Conservatives into making a start on the repairs that our highways desperately need. Voting Labour on Thursday May 4th will go a long way to Harlow changing course off the Tory road to ruin.

Cllr Jodi Dunne, Labour and Co Operative candidate for Bush Fair.

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7 Comments for Letter to Editor: The shame of Tumbler Road’s potholes:

Tony WIseman
2023-04-17 07:53:06

Whilst I agree fully with Cllr Dunne's assessment of the state of Tumbler road, where will the money come from? Recently his party's leader, Cllr Vince, pointed out in YH that it will take £14bn of investment to bring all of the UK's roads up to an acceptable standard. As of the 2020 census there were 27.8 million households in the UK (ONS figures) which represents a cost to each household of over £503. Where will that money come from? I can only see 2 options, reduce other services or raise Council Tax. When will councillors of all persuasions stop slagging each other off and tell us their own plans and what the costs will be?

David Forman
2023-04-17 09:06:19

In part answer to Mr Wiseman closing the non-dom tax loophole will provide some cash to fix roads. In Parliament on January 31 it was stated: "It (non-dom) costs the public finances £3.2 billion a year and it fails to support economic growth in the UK. It is a 200-year-old loophole that should have no place in our modern tax system." There are other revenue streams available. See Hansard at: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2023-01-31/debates/7A361B65-9960-49F1-BE34-EA2A0B5FDD4F/Non-DomicileTaxStatus

BRIAN WILSON
2023-04-17 09:31:57

I live in NICHOLLS FIELD and we No that the Highway that do the Roads get Paid for doing the wrong roads, the side roads were done but just outside the Manor hatch shops oppsite the old age peoples home are very bad, if you report them they will come out and fill 1 hole and leave the rest, Also I have prove that the last gang that filled a hole brushed all the old stone in the hole to fill before putting tarmac on Top, we had a Drome up and caught it on Camera

Andy Nicholls
2023-04-18 07:46:37

#Brian Wilson The words you are trying to spell are know, not No and proof not prove.

Tony Wiseman
2023-04-20 15:17:12

Thank you Mr Forman. £3.2 billion a year is a hefty sum which then leaves just £10.8 billion to find and as we all know once the Non Dom's have beed taxed in year 1 many will leave the country, meaning that that money would not be available again. Don't get me wrong, I agree that the current system needs changing I was just trying to outline the severity of the problem, the massive cost and that more than complaining words are needed to fix the problem. Do we vote for more taxes or accept that we need a major rethink on where we spend the money that we do have without saddling future generations with more debt?

Peter
2023-04-21 19:17:41

Most people in Harlow complain about three things - 1. Potholes 2. Damaged road signs 3. Faulty street lighting, all left far too long before completion of job, sometimes month after month. The problem with all three lays with Essex Highways poorly worded CONTRACTS where no set TIMESCALE for completion of jobs is provided, where the contractor gains by completing the job merely when it suits him. Our four Harlow ECC Councillors have so far ignored the need for better contracts so how can they expect our support in the future? True lack of money is a factor - however, clearer contracts with a timescale would overcome many of the problems we have exerienced far too long.

Trevor PYLE
2023-04-25 21:53:28

Tax more? The government's own financial watchdog l, the Office for Budget Responsibility, has said that taxes as a share of the economy will peak at 37.5%, the highest level since the end of the Second World War. The government spending watchdog said the UK is already in a recession which will last more than a year and push 500,000 people out of work. So, Tony, yes perhaps the government should think more cohesively as to where to spend our taxpayer monies.

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