Spending plan revealed for £12 million Essex Highways boost

News / Thu 22nd Feb 2024 at 09:48am

AN extra £12 million allocated to Essex Highways will fund several priority areas for residents.

The funding boost was approved by Essex County Council at its recent Full Council meeting as part of the 2024/25 budget.

In addition to its normal yearly budget, the extra money will ensure Essex Highways continues delivering the council’s priority to enable safer, greener and healthier travel across the county.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • £8 million for additional crews in each borough, city and district to prioritise repairs raised by local councillors.
  • £2 million for Local Highways Panels to deliver large schemes, freeing up existing budgets for small schemes.
  • £350,000 to fund three months of defect repairs over the summer. This will expedite repairs in rural areas affected by flooding and winter damage.
  • £300,000 to enable winter-safe crews to deliver more maintenance and repairs over the next winter.
  • £100,000 to increase enforcement capabilities and hold landowners accountable for maintaining foliage.
  • £100,000 for additional highway resurfacing works across Essex.
  • £49,500 for additional communications resources, ensuring residents and members are better informed.

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Sustainable Transport, said: “From enforcement to Local Highways Panels, Essex Highways is responsible for a wide variety of areas many people may not know about.

“The £12 million is a significant boost to helps us look after and improve one of the largest road networks in the country. This includes getting more crews in each borough, city and district to prioritise repairs raised by local councillors.”

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8 Comments for Spending plan revealed for £12 million Essex Highways boost:

2024-02-22 11:12:07

Ill say it! Momples road, Momples road, Momples road, Illegal condition with metal spikes where speed humps used to be! Pot holes everywhere! They should rename it Mars Road with the vast amount of craters in it! It really is a complete joke of a road and damn dangerous!

2024-02-22 12:57:44

I will comment again. Momples road . Who signed it off as complete and satisfactory. Its a shambles and waste of our, the taxpayers money. Heads should roll and bank accounts checked by those responsible. Well below acceptable repairs so either they were incompetent or taking back handers.

Michael Price
2024-02-22 13:01:21

Potholes recently dealt with between The Pinnacles Harlow and Queensgate roundabout were potholes again within days of being “rectified “. Can nobody really do a decent job these days?

2024-02-22 13:08:15

As I said Michael. They in charge are incompetent or taking back handers

2024-02-22 14:18:02

All numbers and waffle,roads AND pavements are not fit for purpose in Harlow. What a mess this town is.I am going to take it upon myself with help of others to fix a paving area in Harlow myself. I have reported it so many times and this area in question has got worse and worse and no one in authority cares at all. What an absolute disgrace all involved are.

Mr Grumpy
2024-02-22 15:59:05

Vehicles have to be fit for the road, yet roads are unfit for vehicles. I suppose it all comes down to money. MOT fees and taxes are income for the authorities but repairs to our roads mean they have to spend money. It's all about give and take, they take but give nothing.

2024-02-22 18:52:16

Yes it's a joke Cambridge Road is a shambles the cowboys start at 730am we're are they at lunchtime all gone home .if they work full-time they would have finished the work month's ago

Kim Oconnor
2024-02-23 19:36:06

The road down to green man is a disgrace, you have to go other side of road to avoid the craters. Very dangerous.

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