Fears over potholes in Basildon's blackout streets: Essex Highways labelled "irresponsible"

Basildon Recorder: Threats to safety – Geoff and Linda Williams by the Great Gregorie roadworks which have been fenced off for six months Threats to safety – Geoff and Linda Williams by the Great Gregorie roadworks which have been fenced off for six months

COUNCILLORS have hit out at "irresponsible" highway bosses for failing to repair a road and paths ahead of the big light switch off.

Geoff and Linda Williams, Lib Dem councillors for Nethermayne ward, want to see all highways defects sorted out before Basildon is plunged into darkness between midnight and 5am.

After months of talks, Essex County Council will turn off 70 per cent of the streetlights across the borough today.

The Echo revealed last week lights will remain on for the time being at Five Links, Felmores, Langdon Hills, Chalvedon, Pitsea’s 1,2,3 estate, and Craylands, following pleas from Basildon Council over crime.

Councillors had called for assurances roads and paths would be fixed to cut the risk of accidents for motorists and pedestrians.

Mr Williams said: “We have flagged this up with the highways team at Essex County Council on more than one occasion and have received not so much as an acknowledgement of the issue. The serious point is these incomplete highways works present real obstacles to people and vehicles.

“Many residents have legitimate cause to be walking and driving at night, returning from the railway station or walking from their local garage.

“Threats to people’s physical safety alongside the security fears that the switch off will be a burglars’ charter or a muggers’ paradise, are not acceptable.

“We hope, but frankly doubt, Essex Highways will give any sort of assurance that outstanding repairs will be carried out rapidly, so local residents can be afforded some measure of comfort.”

The councillors are particularly concerned about potholes and crumbling pavements between the junctions of Great Gregorie and Ingaway, Laindon.

The path and road has been fenced off for six months awaiting repairs by Essex County Council.

A spokesman for the council said: “Essex Highways is aware of the footway defects at this location.

“These defects will be prioritised for repair in-line with the Essex Highways maintenance policy.

“At this time a date for repair cannot be provided.”

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5:07pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

They're fixing that path. It's in Lee Chapel South NOT Laindon by the way.
They're fixing that path. It's in Lee Chapel South NOT Laindon by the way. Howard Cháse

5:30pm Fri 31 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Just remember not to speed, that way no damage will occur
Just remember not to speed, that way no damage will occur You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

5:40pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Devils Advocate says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
They're fixing that path. It's in Lee Chapel South NOT Laindon by the way.
Not being funny, but isn't a highway the space between one hedge and the other, encompassing all footpaths etc. between? Try parking your car on a footpath of a "No waiting" street and then argue the fact with the courts. I tried and lost!
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: They're fixing that path. It's in Lee Chapel South NOT Laindon by the way.[/p][/quote]Not being funny, but isn't a highway the space between one hedge and the other, encompassing all footpaths etc. between? Try parking your car on a footpath of a "No waiting" street and then argue the fact with the courts. I tried and lost! Devils Advocate

5:45pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Devils Advocate says...

I also have reported the failure of 2 keep left signs, two street lights, one "Keep right" sign on a traffic calming obstruction island (That sign is missing altogether. Two motorists have mounted the island to my knowledge, It will be a matter of time before a cyclist gets impaled on the 2" sign support post.) This is at the east end of the Gore in Basildon and I have reported it three times over at least the last twelve months. What chance do we have with this mob we pay rates to now?
I also have reported the failure of 2 keep left signs, two street lights, one "Keep right" sign on a traffic calming obstruction island (That sign is missing altogether. Two motorists have mounted the island to my knowledge, It will be a matter of time before a cyclist gets impaled on the 2" sign support post.) This is at the east end of the Gore in Basildon and I have reported it three times over at least the last twelve months. What chance do we have with this mob we pay rates to now? Devils Advocate

6:08pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Devils Advocate wrote:
I also have reported the failure of 2 keep left signs, two street lights, one "Keep right" sign on a traffic calming obstruction island (That sign is missing altogether. Two motorists have mounted the island to my knowledge, It will be a matter of time before a cyclist gets impaled on the 2" sign support post.) This is at the east end of the Gore in Basildon and I have reported it three times over at least the last twelve months. What chance do we have with this mob we pay rates to now?
Just report it on Fixmystreet.com or co.uk It wil be fixed in 4 weeks
[quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: I also have reported the failure of 2 keep left signs, two street lights, one "Keep right" sign on a traffic calming obstruction island (That sign is missing altogether. Two motorists have mounted the island to my knowledge, It will be a matter of time before a cyclist gets impaled on the 2" sign support post.) This is at the east end of the Gore in Basildon and I have reported it three times over at least the last twelve months. What chance do we have with this mob we pay rates to now?[/p][/quote]Just report it on Fixmystreet.com or co.uk It wil be fixed in 4 weeks Living the La Vida Legra

8:12pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Nebs says...

The fact that they are leaving certain areas lit due to worries about crime is an admission that they need to put more resources into tackling crime in those areas.
The fact that they are leaving certain areas lit due to worries about crime is an admission that they need to put more resources into tackling crime in those areas. Nebs

11:21pm Fri 31 Jan 14

woolstone says...

We have problems in Rayleigh now that our street lights have been switched off, many pot holes in our roads and broken pavements just waiting for accidents to happen, very irresponsible to turn street lights off. Southend have not they have found a solution by changing to different light bulbs on street lights. Just wonder how many times Essex councils are going to be sued over this very stupid decision. This has caused so many problems for taxi drivers trying to see numbers on doors after midnight.
We have problems in Rayleigh now that our street lights have been switched off, many pot holes in our roads and broken pavements just waiting for accidents to happen, very irresponsible to turn street lights off. Southend have not they have found a solution by changing to different light bulbs on street lights. Just wonder how many times Essex councils are going to be sued over this very stupid decision. This has caused so many problems for taxi drivers trying to see numbers on doors after midnight. woolstone

7:41pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

A spokesman for the council said: “Essex Highways is aware of the footway defects at this location.......

Funny, the last thing I heard, they were being referred to as "cosmetic faults".

“At this time a date for repair cannot be provided.”

Not good enough, get your finger out and get them repaired. You're quick enough to up the council tax.
A spokesman for the council said: “Essex Highways is aware of the footway defects at this location....... Funny, the last thing I heard, they were being referred to as "cosmetic faults". “At this time a date for repair cannot be provided.” Not good enough, get your finger out and get them repaired. You're quick enough to up the council tax. Kim Gandy

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