‘Unlit traffic signs are likely to cause crash’

Basildon Recorder: Danger – one of the keep left signs Danger – one of the keep left signs

TRAFFIC restrictions are a danger to motorists, according to fed-up residents.

People living in Ramsden Bellhouse are calling on Essex County Council to repair faulty signs along Church Road.

Five keep left signs, which force drivers to slow down, were installed in September, but three have already been broken.

Lights which illuminate the signs after dark have gone out, raising fears it could cause an accident.

Mick Kohter, 65, of Orchard Avenue, has contacted Essex County Council about the traffic calming measures on numerous occasions over the past three months, but the problem has still not been fixed.

He said: “They have spent money putting the restrictions in place, but they don’t maintain them. The bollards have been damaged, not on purpose, but where cars have crashed into them.

“Now the lights have gone out on them you can’t really see them at all in the dark.

It’s very dangerous and it feels like we’re just waiting for an accident to happen.

“They probably only need the bulb replacing, which is hardly expensive.

“It just seems the council can’t be bothered. I have complained, but it doesn’t give any answers.”

A Church Road resident, who did not want to be named, added: “If anyone doesn’t know the calming measures are there, I don’t understand how they are meant to know they need to stop to give way to cars coming the other way.

“They lights need to be sorted before there’s a bad crash and someone ends up getting hurt.”

The repairs have been scheduled, but it is not yet known when the work will be carried out.

A spokesman for the council said: Essex Highways is aware of a number of faulty lights in this area.

“A request has been made for them to be repaired as a priority although at this time no specific date can be provided for when these lights will be repaired.”

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1:36pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

"A spokesman for the council said: Essex Highways is aware of a number of faulty lights in this area.

“A request has been made for them to be repaired as a priority although at this time no specific date can be provided for when these lights will be repaired.”

Why? What's the excuse.

Have the residents got their county councillor onto this? Phoning the County Council about a highway matter is like banging your head against a brick wall.

I suggest they approach their county councillor direct. I believe it's Ian Grundy.
"A spokesman for the council said: Essex Highways is aware of a number of faulty lights in this area. “A request has been made for them to be repaired as a priority although at this time no specific date can be provided for when these lights will be repaired.” Why? What's the excuse. Have the residents got their county councillor onto this? Phoning the County Council about a highway matter is like banging your head against a brick wall. I suggest they approach their county councillor direct. I believe it's Ian Grundy. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 11

1:55pm Wed 5 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
"A spokesman for the council said: Essex Highways is aware of a number of faulty lights in this area.

“A request has been made for them to be repaired as a priority although at this time no specific date can be provided for when these lights will be repaired.”

Why? What's the excuse.

Have the residents got their county councillor onto this? Phoning the County Council about a highway matter is like banging your head against a brick wall.

I suggest they approach their county councillor direct. I believe it's Ian Grundy.
Typical Gandyism getting her facts wrong again,
FACT in the dark traffic signals are EASIER to see.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "A spokesman for the council said: Essex Highways is aware of a number of faulty lights in this area. “A request has been made for them to be repaired as a priority although at this time no specific date can be provided for when these lights will be repaired.” Why? What's the excuse. Have the residents got their county councillor onto this? Phoning the County Council about a highway matter is like banging your head against a brick wall. I suggest they approach their county councillor direct. I believe it's Ian Grundy.[/p][/quote]Typical Gandyism getting her facts wrong again, FACT in the dark traffic signals are EASIER to see. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -10

2:35pm Wed 5 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

So there hasn't been an accident yet but all the same the residents are "fed-up"
So there hasn't been an accident yet but all the same the residents are "fed-up" ThisYear
  • Score: -5

3:49pm Wed 5 Feb 14

the25man says...

These priority give way traffic systems are the worlds worst idea as the driver who should give way will race to beat the car who has the right of way. The damage caused already bares that out. Its a pity the drivers who damaged the signs weren't reported to Highways who could bill them so us Tax payers aren't charged. Don't blame the Council blame the people that did the damage
These priority give way traffic systems are the worlds worst idea as the driver who should give way will race to beat the car who has the right of way. The damage caused already bares that out. Its a pity the drivers who damaged the signs weren't reported to Highways who could bill them so us Tax payers aren't charged. Don't blame the Council blame the people that did the damage the25man
  • Score: 6

8:19pm Wed 5 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

ThisYear wrote:
So there hasn't been an accident yet but all the same the residents are "fed-up"
if all they have to worry about is a light bulb not working on a sign they need to get out more, they probably all got a few quid maybe they could chip in a few pound each and sort it out if they are really fed up with it...or better still swap places with the residents in the flats of 'doom' in Southend then they will appreciate the true meaning of 'fed up'.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: So there hasn't been an accident yet but all the same the residents are "fed-up"[/p][/quote]if all they have to worry about is a light bulb not working on a sign they need to get out more, they probably all got a few quid maybe they could chip in a few pound each and sort it out if they are really fed up with it...or better still swap places with the residents in the flats of 'doom' in Southend then they will appreciate the true meaning of 'fed up'. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -7

9:25pm Wed 5 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

‘Unlit traffic signs are likely to cause crash’.

_____________

Mmm here are some other things that are 'likely' to cause crash.

'Drunken drivers are likely to cause crash.

Faulty Brakes are Likely to cause crash

Blind drivers are likely to cause crash.

Falling asleep at the wheel likely to cause crash

Driving the wrong way up a motorway Likely to cause crash

Talking/texting on the phone likely to cause crash

10 Wasps in car likely to cause crash.

Driving at night with no lights on likely to cause crash.

Wheels falling of your vehicle likely to cause crash.

5 year old behind wheel likely to cause crash.

On coming tree likely to cause crash.
‘Unlit traffic signs are likely to cause crash’. _____________ Mmm here are some other things that are 'likely' to cause crash. 'Drunken drivers are likely to cause crash. Faulty Brakes are Likely to cause crash Blind drivers are likely to cause crash. Falling asleep at the wheel likely to cause crash Driving the wrong way up a motorway Likely to cause crash Talking/texting on the phone likely to cause crash 10 Wasps in car likely to cause crash. Driving at night with no lights on likely to cause crash. Wheels falling of your vehicle likely to cause crash. 5 year old behind wheel likely to cause crash. On coming tree likely to cause crash. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

8:42am Thu 6 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

Anyone unable to drive in the dark, shouldn't be driving at all.

Could always turn on their lights, slow down and pay attention I suppose.

That MIGHT help, but in some of these cases, I doubt it.
Anyone unable to drive in the dark, shouldn't be driving at all. Could always turn on their lights, slow down and pay attention I suppose. That MIGHT help, but in some of these cases, I doubt it. RochfordRob
  • Score: -5

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