Robert Halfon and the Tories make more promises over potholes

News / Wed 14th Jun 2023 at 04:52pm

HAVING secured extensive repairs for Harlow roads in April and May, Member of Parliament, Robert Halfon, Harlow Council Leader, Dan Swords, and Harlow’s County Councillors, have claimed they have brokered another deal for yet more repairs across the town in pursuit of his campaign to rid local roads of potholes.

Harlow drivers have been battling with potholes for too long. Cars have been damaged, pedestrians put at risk and road users inconvenienced. In April, after active campaigning, Robert and the Harlow Councillors, secured a commitment from Essex County Council, guaranteeing extensive repairs across the town.

Working with Cllr Lee Scott at Essex County Council, the Harlow County Councillors and Cllr Dan Swords at Harlow Council, Mr Halfon has confirmed further works are due to take place across Harlow in June, including full resurfacing work on First Avenue and Edinburgh Way starting next week as well as further repairs across the town. Other major routes in need of urgent repairs, such as Tumbler Road, are currently being programmed and will be included into the programme imminently.

Confirming the work, Robert commented, “I would like to thank Cllr Lee Scott, Cllr Michael Garnett, Cllr Eddie Johnson, Cllr Clive Souter, Cllr Michael Hardware and Cllr Dan Swords for their support in securing a further timetable of works to repair Harlow’s roads. I have been working hard for many months to tackle our pothole problem and I am pleased to have secured such extensive road repairs. Hundreds of potholes have been filled in recent weeks but there is still so much more to do.

“I know that residents are still concerned about the potholes in Harlow, which have become the bane of our lives, making travel in our town difficult and with the potential to cause damage to our cars and vans. I am working hard to ensure we end the pothole plague for good.

“Working with Harlow’s County Councillors, I have been holding Essex County Council to account and ensuring these repairs have been carried out to a high standard, with full resurfacing in some places.”

This schedule of work is on top of the existing repairs planned and are thanks to an extra £17.5 million of funding to Essex County Council from the Government. Repairs have already been undertaken on several major routes across the town.

Residents are also reminded that they can also report new potholes directly to Essex Highways who will take action to assess, make safe and repair roads across the county. You can do this online at https://www.essexhighways.org/tell-us/problem-check.

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14 Comments for Robert Halfon and the Tories make more promises over potholes:

Mike O
2023-06-14 17:14:17

This is all welcome and good news; but Essex County Council are responsible for repairing potholes and keeping our rods safe. There shouldn't have to be deals and agreements made to get them fixed. Thats what they are supposed to do! The fact that the roads are in such a poor condition in Harlow, and other areas of Essex, is down to Government funding cuts and Essex County Councils lack of care and indifference over the last few years!

Richard Adams
2023-06-14 18:21:02

Well said Mike O agree entirely, More Tory flimflam and bluster trying to cover the long term mismanagement of our highways by Essex County Council.

Gary Roberts
2023-06-14 18:22:06

Odds on a election before Christmas is now a very good bet. But will Halfon get your vote?

2023-06-14 18:36:59

Most certainly, Gary Roberts. He has been a first rate MP for Harlow. No alternative options of any merit.

tony edwards
2023-06-14 18:57:56

This all begs the question as to why Harlow's Conservative County Councillors Garnett, Souter, Hardware, Johnson and their Essex Conservative colleagues allowed the roads to deteriorate to such shocking state in the first place. I'd be interested to know their view on whether the "patching" on Momples Road is of an acceptable standard and if not, what are they going to do about it.

Gary Roberts
2023-06-14 19:17:37

Cllr. Leppard, I know but to be fair would you trust him to run a bath? Remember he is a Conservative who voted to cut police numbers, cut most public services including his beloved school budgets inter alia. Interest rates rising, house prices falling equals negative equity: Thatcher all over again. Surely the electorate won't be fooled again by a note in the Treasury rubbish because he will need a bigger note this time to explain the actions of PM Truss!

Dan Long
2023-06-14 19:24:30

They didn't even finish Tillwicks road in Bush fair, they stopped at the Tye Green Bowling club, approaching from the Phoenix pub, to the roundabout of the Southern way. So how the hell can the Harlow residents trust them to complete the rest of the roads in Harlow. Every Harlow residents who pay council tax in full or by instalments shpuld stop paying the share that Essex county council tax.so in mine and my wives case, that is equivalent of £72 a month.

Peter Scally
2023-06-14 20:58:55

It's only partial good news because it has been more than just potholes. What about demolished road signs left month after month all over Harlow? What about faulty street lighting left for weeks? ECC Highways CONTRACTS that fail to have any firm TIMEFRAME (with penalties) for completion of work after first being reported has been (and may continue to be) "the bane of our lives" - unless ECC change their POLICY of "making safe as per (ECC) policy", but leaving replacement unreasonably. Within just over a mile of where I live there remains on the ground a road directional sign that was demolished more than eighteen months ago, plus others demolished in 2022.

Luke Burton
2023-06-14 21:33:06

Lol - secured a "commitment". The real question is why did these lot at Essex County Council allow the roads to get to this state in the first place. It'll be great if YourHarlow could put that question to the many well-renumerated and well-fed Councillors at Essex.

nigel trotter
2023-06-15 07:49:04

dont forget are cycle tracks which are long over due of repairs , money wasted on on making the market square worse could should have gone to fixing pot holes first , bring back are play schemes into public owner ship and money from the sell off of ymca and the square should go to replacing them , he owes a explanation why the sell off of old harlow police station sold off when there is large hosing development in the area

2023-06-15 11:38:28

I do remember quite a few years back (when an election was coming up) that Halfonled a campaign and promised to get rid of all Harlow’s potholes. That never materialised and he went very quiet on the subject

Steve Crewe
2023-06-15 11:53:54

I think Harlow Council could buy a machine to fix the roads,then rent it out.

Tony Gibson
2023-06-15 13:07:53

Could not beleive what i saw Tuesday morning where Maddox Road meets First Avenue junction, the junction has 4 major crators not potholes, they have not been filled but the new white lines passes through them. They could have least gone over them a few times to fill the crators up

2023-06-16 14:26:27

Lots of work on Tilwicks Road in May/June. Shame they missed 2 of the potholes in the process !!!

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