'More patches than a patchwork quilt': Residents and councillor slam road conditions (From Southend Standard)
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Road disrepair dangerous in light switch-off
RESIDENTS are calling for action over the state of their road and pavements, claiming they are dangerous.
Potholes and damaged kerb stones are the main problems in Leslie Road, Rayleigh, with residents claiming people are at risk of injury, particularly because of the streetlight switch- off.
Mike Carrington, 67, who lives in the street, said: “The state of the road is absolutely appalling.
“Dustbin lorries drive up the kerbs and damage them. There were nine broken stones in the middle of the road not long ago.
“I have a 93-year-old mother-in-law living with us who uses a wheelchair and we cannot cross the road because of the potholes.
“What makes it worse is they leave the road in this state of disrepair and then turn the lights off at night.”
District councillor Cheryl Roe is taking up the call. She said: “The roads have deteriorated rapidly of late.”
A spokesman for Essex Highways said: “The Essex Highways maintenance strategy prioritises repairs to the busiest routes and most dangerous defects first.
“We understand the concerns from those who use this footway and will be conducting a full permanent repair to this defect in due course.”
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