Are Billericay potholes driving customers away?

Terence Gandy with shop keepers David Withers from DGW Meats, Jeganathan Bonnyface from Cellers wine merchant and Casey Jupp from Cut Above.

Terence Gandy with shop keepers David Withers from DGW Meats, Jeganathan Bonnyface from Cellers wine merchant and Casey Jupp from Cut Above.

First published in Echo News by

SHOP OWNERS and former councillors have criticised Essex County Council for allowing the roads and pavements in Billericay to fall into disrepair.

The car park in front of the row of shops at Bridge Parade, Billericay is dotted with potholes and the shop owners say it is only a matter of time before someone has a serious accident, even claiming they believe the holes are turning customers away.

There are around 12-15 holes at the site, some of which measure 6-8 inches.

Dave Withers, owner of DWG Meats, in Bridge Parade, said Essex County Council are leaving the holes for far too long before coming to fill them in, and they are only a temporary fix.

Mr Withers, 43, said: “The holes really are deep and cause serious problems for the customers who use these shops. I would say these particular holes have been here for six months without any particular attention paid to what damage they may be causing.

“People are forever parking out the front and you hear them complaining about it and quite rightly so. It is getting to the stage where people aren’t coming here for the state of the roads. It needs to be fixed now.”

They also said the roundabout that links Mountnessing Road, Radford Way and Perry Street is already showing signs of disintegration, despite only being repaired in the last couple of months.

Former Billericay Town councillor Terence Gandy said it was about time the council took responsibility for the holes.

Mr Gandy said: “All it takes is for one person to fall and we could have very serious problems here. The roundabout had road repairs recently and to already see holes forming is not good enough. Residents shouldn’t be put out by failures such as these but we are all affected by them.”

An Essex County Council spokesman said: “Essex Highways are aware of these defects and repairs are currently taking place at the Bridge Parade site. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“Road defects on the roundabout that is adjacent to the Bridge Parade have been made safe by Highways Engineers. Full repair works on the roundabout will take place in conjunction with other potential works in the area to avoid unnecessary disruption to highways road users.”

To report pot holes in your area visit www.essex.gov.uk/highways.

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3:51pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Eric Whim says...

ask your local asphalters for a quote
ask your local asphalters for a quote Eric Whim
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4:22pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Alan Jacobs says...

to be sure , to be sure , now I tink I can do this for tree tousand pounds..........
to be sure , to be sure , now I tink I can do this for tree tousand pounds.......... Alan Jacobs
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4:22pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Alan Jacobs says...

to be sure , to be sure , now I tink I can do this for tree tousand pounds..........
to be sure , to be sure , now I tink I can do this for tree tousand pounds.......... Alan Jacobs
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4:34pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Sean4u says...

The clue is in the word "driving". Customers are *driving* away to retail parks. The only thing that's going to bring back local custom is to make it less convenient to drive to retail parks / more pleasant to get around local shops. More cars = less pleasant. Fewer cars = less road damage, more local shopping.

Some place is going to have to be the first to attempt a solution to the 'living in a car park' issue. The quest for more car parking is distressingly lemming-like.
The clue is in the word "driving". Customers are *driving* away to retail parks. The only thing that's going to bring back local custom is to make it less convenient to drive to retail parks / more pleasant to get around local shops. More cars = less pleasant. Fewer cars = less road damage, more local shopping. Some place is going to have to be the first to attempt a solution to the 'living in a car park' issue. The quest for more car parking is distressingly lemming-like. Sean4u
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6:35pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Brunning999 says...

Excellent repairs they have made in our road it now has improved from Outer Mongolia standard to a Bangladesh standard improvement.

How much did that pothole contractor pay the council to repair the highways.

Southend Borough are so lucky they managed to keep PolPot pothole repairs company out he borough.
Excellent repairs they have made in our road it now has improved from Outer Mongolia standard to a Bangladesh standard improvement. How much did that pothole contractor pay the council to repair the highways. Southend Borough are so lucky they managed to keep PolPot pothole repairs company out he borough. Brunning999
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7:30pm Wed 12 Dec 12

DogsMessInLeigh says...

no a bit of uneven road surface don't drive customers away...as in the photo the carparking area looks full....things are just quite right now if they are feeling a lack of buisness, i would get some free hardcore and sort it amongst the shop keeps.
no a bit of uneven road surface don't drive customers away...as in the photo the carparking area looks full....things are just quite right now if they are feeling a lack of buisness, i would get some free hardcore and sort it amongst the shop keeps. DogsMessInLeigh
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11:15pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Devils Advocate says...

Call that a pothole? Come down Broadmayne from round acre, turn left into Ghyllgrove.

Did you feel that? Now THAT's a pothole.

Still, if your C-in-C of Basildon, who protects your homes and parks from massed building erection and infiltration by us lowlifes, could lower his sights a little and get on to Essex County Council, perhaps a few bob from his profits could go their way and they could send their resident tarmac boys down here with a bucket or two!
Call that a pothole? Come down Broadmayne from round acre, turn left into Ghyllgrove. Did you feel that? Now THAT's a pothole. Still, if your C-in-C of Basildon, who protects your homes and parks from massed building erection and infiltration by us lowlifes, could lower his sights a little and get on to Essex County Council, perhaps a few bob from his profits could go their way and they could send their resident tarmac boys down here with a bucket or two! Devils Advocate
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7:44am Thu 13 Dec 12

Barry Bas says...

Looking on Google Maps the public footpath goes around the outside edge of the car park. It makes me wonder if the car park is the responsibility of the ECC or who ever owns the buildings the shops are in.
Looking on Google Maps the public footpath goes around the outside edge of the car park. It makes me wonder if the car park is the responsibility of the ECC or who ever owns the buildings the shops are in. Barry Bas
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12:18pm Thu 13 Dec 12

crowny says...

Barry Bas wrote:
Looking on Google Maps the public footpath goes around the outside edge of the car park. It makes me wonder if the car park is the responsibility of the ECC or who ever owns the buildings the shops are in.
Youre absolutely right, there is something strange about the land ownership here. There are no parking restrictions at all. Not even the usual "1 hour, no return within 3". And given its proximity to the station its even stranger. Im sure if the council owned it, they would put restrictions in place.
[quote][p][bold]Barry Bas[/bold] wrote: Looking on Google Maps the public footpath goes around the outside edge of the car park. It makes me wonder if the car park is the responsibility of the ECC or who ever owns the buildings the shops are in.[/p][/quote]Youre absolutely right, there is something strange about the land ownership here. There are no parking restrictions at all. Not even the usual "1 hour, no return within 3". And given its proximity to the station its even stranger. Im sure if the council owned it, they would put restrictions in place. crowny
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5:04pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Eric Whim says...

Are Billericay potholes driving customers away?


it's having to dodge round self appointed busybody ex councillors with silly hats and big sticks that keeps them away if the rumours are true
[quote]Are Billericay potholes driving customers away?[/quote] it's having to dodge round self appointed busybody ex councillors with silly hats and big sticks that keeps them away if the rumours are true Eric Whim
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12:59am Sat 29 Dec 12

Kim Gandy says...

Yes and try getting compensation out of the grasping pennypinchers at Essex County Council. I got £130 worth of damage on my car after driving through one of these craters at night (of course I couldn't see it). Their excuse? Mine was the "first complaint" they'd had and apparently they don't pay out for the first complaint. Pathetic!
Yes and try getting compensation out of the grasping pennypinchers at Essex County Council. I got £130 worth of damage on my car after driving through one of these craters at night (of course I couldn't see it). Their excuse? Mine was the "first complaint" they'd had and apparently they don't pay out for the first complaint. Pathetic! Kim Gandy
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