How can repairs to our dangerous pavements not be urgent?

Southend Standard: How can repairs to our dangerous pavements not be urgent? How can repairs to our dangerous pavements not be urgent?

UPSET councillors have criticised Essex County Council after repairs to Canvey’s “most hazardous” pavements were not deemed a priority.

Canvey councillors have been fighting for urgent action to fix the pavements along Linden Way, for two months.

The road has been plagued by broken kerbstones, cracked tarmac and potholes.

It was first highlighted as a problem area in 2012 as part of an investigation by councillors into the poor condition of the island’s pavements.

However, the damage has still not been rectified.

Highways officers have visited the site, but the defects have been classified as “non-urgent”.

Councillor Peter May, who represents Central ward, said: “It is absolutely disgusting this has been allowed to go on for so long. I cannot believe they do not see this as a priority.

“It is a real safety issue. Anyone walking along could trip and hurt themselves.

“The condition of the pavements is so bad and we have asked repeatedly for them to be repaired, but nothing is being done.”

Concerns have been raised the damage is dangerous to pedestrians, particularly as street lights are due to be switched off between midnight and 5am in the new year.

A county council spokesman said: “An Essex Highways officer conducted a robust investigation and assessment of the highways defects on Linden Way, Canvey, on November 18.

“In line with the Essex Highways’ maintenance strategy these defects have been assessed as non-urgent. However, they will continue to be monitored and action will be taken if necessary.”

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6:44am Thu 12 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Start with the pot holes first...
Start with the pot holes first... Nowthatsworthknowing

11:27am Thu 12 Dec 13

iknowbetter says...

I bet this becomes urgent when a few accident claims go in once the lights go out.
And not just around Linden way either, County Council be afraid, be very afraid., law suites are on the way,
I bet this becomes urgent when a few accident claims go in once the lights go out. And not just around Linden way either, County Council be afraid, be very afraid., law suites are on the way, iknowbetter

3:20pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

iknowbetter wrote:
I bet this becomes urgent when a few accident claims go in once the lights go out.
And not just around Linden way either, County Council be afraid, be very afraid., law suites are on the way,
Anyone walking around after midnight will walk on the paths, and not attempt tight rope walking along the tops of the kerb stones, looks like nothing more than a couple of bored retired busy bodies, try repairing the sea walls first
[quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: I bet this becomes urgent when a few accident claims go in once the lights go out. And not just around Linden way either, County Council be afraid, be very afraid., law suites are on the way,[/p][/quote]Anyone walking around after midnight will walk on the paths, and not attempt tight rope walking along the tops of the kerb stones, looks like nothing more than a couple of bored retired busy bodies, try repairing the sea walls first Nowthatsworthknowing

5:27pm Thu 12 Dec 13

iknowbetter says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
I bet this becomes urgent when a few accident claims go in once the lights go out.
And not just around Linden way either, County Council be afraid, be very afraid., law suites are on the way,
Anyone walking around after midnight will walk on the paths, and not attempt tight rope walking along the tops of the kerb stones, looks like nothing more than a couple of bored retired busy bodies, try repairing the sea walls first
This may come as some surprise to you but people do cross roads, even late at night!!
Unless of course you with your super powers have found another way to cross a road that doesn't involve negotiating Kerbs either side of the road then people have no choice really do they.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: I bet this becomes urgent when a few accident claims go in once the lights go out. And not just around Linden way either, County Council be afraid, be very afraid., law suites are on the way,[/p][/quote]Anyone walking around after midnight will walk on the paths, and not attempt tight rope walking along the tops of the kerb stones, looks like nothing more than a couple of bored retired busy bodies, try repairing the sea walls first[/p][/quote]This may come as some surprise to you but people do cross roads, even late at night!! Unless of course you with your super powers have found another way to cross a road that doesn't involve negotiating Kerbs either side of the road then people have no choice really do they. iknowbetter

5:32pm Thu 12 Dec 13

iknowbetter says...

P.S and F.Y.I Highways are not responsible for repairing sea walls.!! :)
P.S and F.Y.I Highways are not responsible for repairing sea walls.!! :) iknowbetter

6:11pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Tich25 says...

You look how many vehicles park or drive on or over the kerbs and as Canvey was marshland now drained the sub ground is not that solid. All houses on Canvey are on concrete rafts because if they were built any other way they would sink in parts thus walls coming apart. Highways know this and so just carrying out the odd repair wont solve the problem they will leave thing alone until the whole of the roads and pavements are done as a total job, block paving as its flexible with no weight
You look how many vehicles park or drive on or over the kerbs and as Canvey was marshland now drained the sub ground is not that solid. All houses on Canvey are on concrete rafts because if they were built any other way they would sink in parts thus walls coming apart. Highways know this and so just carrying out the odd repair wont solve the problem they will leave thing alone until the whole of the roads and pavements are done as a total job, block paving as its flexible with no weight Tich25

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