We're at risk in the dark: Residents say county is ignoring broken pavements that are dangerous at night

Southend Standard: Concerned – Lynn Wood wants the pavements fixed if street lights are staying off Concerned – Lynn Wood wants the pavements fixed if street lights are staying off

FAMILIES are living in “purgatory” and risk doing themselves serious harm because of the street lights switch-off in south Essex, it has been claimed.

Lynn Wood, of Middle Crockerford, on the 3/4 estate, Basildon, is furious Essex County Council did not take action to fix broken pavements, kerb stones and a dangerous broken manhole before plunging the estate into darkness between midnight and 5am.

She claims residents have to walk with their heads down to make sure they don’t trip up on the damaged roads.

Mrs Wood, 66, was furious when her dog, named Jack, cut his paw open last week, just days before he was due to show at Crufts.

She said: “How can they just turn a blind eye to the condition of the pavements and then turn the street lights off? The broken manhole cover has been like it for months and nothing has been done about it. Anyone could trip on that and hurt their ankle.

“We walk our dogs every day and have to keep them on a tight lead on the estate. We regularly show our dogs and have to carry things into the house after dark.

The other day one of my dogs cut its paw and there was blood gushing everywhere. They need to come out and fix the damage.”

Mrs Wood has challenged county councillor Rodney Bass, who is responsible for highways at County Hall, to spend a night on the estate to see for himself what it is like.

The majority of street lights in the borough have been switched off by County Hall in a bid to save £222,000 a year and cut carbon emissions.

Street lights in six estates in Pitsea and Basildon have been kept on after Basildon Council raised concerns over crime rates – however the 3/4 estate is not one of them.

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4:24pm Tue 18 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

Don't bother me atall. I'm in bed between those hours.
Don't bother me atall. I'm in bed between those hours. I hate the police!
  • Score: -13

4:39pm Tue 18 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

GET A TORCH, if you must go out after midnight...
GET A TORCH, if you must go out after midnight... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -10

4:57pm Tue 18 Mar 14

John Bull 40 says...

People have to walk with their heads down in daylight because of all the
dog shxt around, wonder whose dogs they are.
People have to walk with their heads down in daylight because of all the dog shxt around, wonder whose dogs they are. John Bull 40
  • Score: 5

5:07pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Ladydolphin.mh says...

I TRIED TO GET THE PAVEMENTS FIXED ON THE PLUMLEYS ESTATE, PITSEA LAST YEAR AND WHEN I AM ABLE TO GO OUT NOW I HAVE ALWAYS BATTLE THE PAVEMENTS. ONE OF THE PAVING SLABES IS STICKING UP OVER AN INCH AND THE PAVEMENTS DROPS DOWN AROUND A DRAIN COVER BY MY DISABLED RAMP TO MY BUNGULOW. BUT THE COUNTY COUNCIL HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT TOLD ME TO GO TO THE NATIONAL PRESS IF I WANTED TO GET ANYTHING DONE.
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY EVERYONE HAS TO PAY COUNCIL TAX NOW WHILST EVERYTHING IS GETTING CUT BACK.
NO STREET LIGHTS, POLICE GETTING CUT BACK AND MIND ALL REPAIRS BEING DONE.
IT'S OK PEOPLE SAYING THAT THEY HATE THE POLICE, BUT THE ARE THE FIRST PEOPLE YOU CALL ON WHEN U NEED HELP.
THE EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE THE BEST, WITH HARDLY ANY MONEY TO WORK WITH!
I TRIED TO GET THE PAVEMENTS FIXED ON THE PLUMLEYS ESTATE, PITSEA LAST YEAR AND WHEN I AM ABLE TO GO OUT NOW I HAVE ALWAYS BATTLE THE PAVEMENTS. ONE OF THE PAVING SLABES IS STICKING UP OVER AN INCH AND THE PAVEMENTS DROPS DOWN AROUND A DRAIN COVER BY MY DISABLED RAMP TO MY BUNGULOW. BUT THE COUNTY COUNCIL HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT TOLD ME TO GO TO THE NATIONAL PRESS IF I WANTED TO GET ANYTHING DONE. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY EVERYONE HAS TO PAY COUNCIL TAX NOW WHILST EVERYTHING IS GETTING CUT BACK. NO STREET LIGHTS, POLICE GETTING CUT BACK AND MIND ALL REPAIRS BEING DONE. IT'S OK PEOPLE SAYING THAT THEY HATE THE POLICE, BUT THE ARE THE FIRST PEOPLE YOU CALL ON WHEN U NEED HELP. THE EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE THE BEST, WITH HARDLY ANY MONEY TO WORK WITH! Ladydolphin.mh
  • Score: 9

5:14pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Makes avoiding stepping in 'dog eggs ' blooming difficult too.
Makes avoiding stepping in 'dog eggs ' blooming difficult too. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

5:29pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Ladydolphin.mh wrote:
I TRIED TO GET THE PAVEMENTS FIXED ON THE PLUMLEYS ESTATE, PITSEA LAST YEAR AND WHEN I AM ABLE TO GO OUT NOW I HAVE ALWAYS BATTLE THE PAVEMENTS. ONE OF THE PAVING SLABES IS STICKING UP OVER AN INCH AND THE PAVEMENTS DROPS DOWN AROUND A DRAIN COVER BY MY DISABLED RAMP TO MY BUNGULOW. BUT THE COUNTY COUNCIL HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT TOLD ME TO GO TO THE NATIONAL PRESS IF I WANTED TO GET ANYTHING DONE.
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY EVERYONE HAS TO PAY COUNCIL TAX NOW WHILST EVERYTHING IS GETTING CUT BACK.
NO STREET LIGHTS, POLICE GETTING CUT BACK AND MIND ALL REPAIRS BEING DONE.
IT'S OK PEOPLE SAYING THAT THEY HATE THE POLICE, BUT THE ARE THE FIRST PEOPLE YOU CALL ON WHEN U NEED HELP.
THE EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE THE BEST, WITH HARDLY ANY MONEY TO WORK WITH!
People keep voting in the same old liblabcon rubbish.

And if you think Labour will do better if they get back in forget it.

I've listened to loads of complaints, especially in Pitsea where the local councillors spend more time Tweeting and boasting in the local press than actually getting anything done.

If people used their imaginations and vote in somebody different, not the usually tried and tested and failed, new parties or even independents would be better. Give them a try and if they don't work out, you can sack them in four years' time.

Everyone complains but hardly anybody bothers to vote. The turnout in elections is abysmal.
[quote][p][bold]Ladydolphin.mh[/bold] wrote: I TRIED TO GET THE PAVEMENTS FIXED ON THE PLUMLEYS ESTATE, PITSEA LAST YEAR AND WHEN I AM ABLE TO GO OUT NOW I HAVE ALWAYS BATTLE THE PAVEMENTS. ONE OF THE PAVING SLABES IS STICKING UP OVER AN INCH AND THE PAVEMENTS DROPS DOWN AROUND A DRAIN COVER BY MY DISABLED RAMP TO MY BUNGULOW. BUT THE COUNTY COUNCIL HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT TOLD ME TO GO TO THE NATIONAL PRESS IF I WANTED TO GET ANYTHING DONE. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY EVERYONE HAS TO PAY COUNCIL TAX NOW WHILST EVERYTHING IS GETTING CUT BACK. NO STREET LIGHTS, POLICE GETTING CUT BACK AND MIND ALL REPAIRS BEING DONE. IT'S OK PEOPLE SAYING THAT THEY HATE THE POLICE, BUT THE ARE THE FIRST PEOPLE YOU CALL ON WHEN U NEED HELP. THE EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE THE BEST, WITH HARDLY ANY MONEY TO WORK WITH![/p][/quote]People keep voting in the same old liblabcon rubbish. And if you think Labour will do better if they get back in forget it. I've listened to loads of complaints, especially in Pitsea where the local councillors spend more time Tweeting and boasting in the local press than actually getting anything done. If people used their imaginations and vote in somebody different, not the usually tried and tested and failed, new parties or even independents would be better. Give them a try and if they don't work out, you can sack them in four years' time. Everyone complains but hardly anybody bothers to vote. The turnout in elections is abysmal. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 12

5:59pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

What are they doing out between midnight and 5am?

Get real; too many people believe the world owes them a living. I bet they are not paying full council tax!
What are they doing out between midnight and 5am? Get real; too many people believe the world owes them a living. I bet they are not paying full council tax! Jack222
  • Score: -10

6:34pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Abington86 says...

Purgatory is Heavens waiting room. So a good place to be I reckon. Who used that word to describe the situation - the resident or The Echo?

My moneys on the Echo.

Anyway the advice is simple - stay indoors during the blackout. No one walks their dogs after midnight. Probably after some sort of compo for damage to her dog.
Purgatory is Heavens waiting room. So a good place to be I reckon. Who used that word to describe the situation - the resident or The Echo? My moneys on the Echo. Anyway the advice is simple - stay indoors during the blackout. No one walks their dogs after midnight. Probably after some sort of compo for damage to her dog. Abington86
  • Score: -6

6:35pm Tue 18 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
GET A TORCH, if you must go out after midnight...
Exactly, cheap and effective, although mostly for avoiding dog s**t....
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: GET A TORCH, if you must go out after midnight...[/p][/quote]Exactly, cheap and effective, although mostly for avoiding dog s**t.... pembury53
  • Score: -7

6:47pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Abington86 says...

Crufts 2014, 6/9 March.

Echo - get your facts right. If doggy had cut his paw last week 'just days before he was due to be shown' how could he have missed Crufts as it had already finished.

.
Crufts 2014, 6/9 March. Echo - get your facts right. If doggy had cut his paw last week 'just days before he was due to be shown' how could he have missed Crufts as it had already finished. . Abington86
  • Score: 1

8:38pm Tue 18 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

Jack222 wrote:
What are they doing out between midnight and 5am?

Get real; too many people believe the world owes them a living. I bet they are not paying full council tax!
You hit the nail on the head there. Well for me you did. I don't pay no council tax atall. Fu*ck the system I say and the police too.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: What are they doing out between midnight and 5am? Get real; too many people believe the world owes them a living. I bet they are not paying full council tax![/p][/quote]You hit the nail on the head there. Well for me you did. I don't pay no council tax atall. Fu*ck the system I say and the police too. I hate the police!
  • Score: -16

9:05pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Thorp55 says...

Well I pay full council tax and the lights go off at midnight, shouldn't I be getting a reduction as I am not getting full services and some others are!
Well I pay full council tax and the lights go off at midnight, shouldn't I be getting a reduction as I am not getting full services and some others are! Thorp55
  • Score: 6

9:18pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Mattster says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Makes avoiding stepping in 'dog eggs ' blooming difficult too.
Yes, have to say I have noticed an increase of 'k9 deposits' since the curfew started, I suppose people don't care now they can allow there Dogs to dump & go without being seen.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Makes avoiding stepping in 'dog eggs ' blooming difficult too.[/p][/quote]Yes, have to say I have noticed an increase of 'k9 deposits' since the curfew started, I suppose people don't care now they can allow there Dogs to dump & go without being seen. Mattster
  • Score: 6

9:49pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

'Well I pay full council tax and the lights go off at midnight, shouldn't I be getting a reduction as I am not getting full services and some others are!'

Poorly thought out comment. Council tax reduction?

Get real - the saving means council tax doesn't go up as much or some things are kept open which otherwise would be closed.

Council tax pays for lots of things...

The issue is to keep it not going up above inflation...
'Well I pay full council tax and the lights go off at midnight, shouldn't I be getting a reduction as I am not getting full services and some others are!' Poorly thought out comment. Council tax reduction? Get real - the saving means council tax doesn't go up as much or some things are kept open which otherwise would be closed. Council tax pays for lots of things... The issue is to keep it not going up above inflation... Jack222
  • Score: -7

9:51pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

'Yes, have to say I have noticed an increase of 'k9 deposits' since the curfew started, I suppose people don't care now they can allow there Dogs to dump & go without being seen.''

Ludicrous comment. How many dog owners walk the streets between midnight and 5 am? Those prepared to not clean up after there dog will happily do so in daylight ours.

Less paranoia here!
'Yes, have to say I have noticed an increase of 'k9 deposits' since the curfew started, I suppose people don't care now they can allow there Dogs to dump & go without being seen.'' Ludicrous comment. How many dog owners walk the streets between midnight and 5 am? Those prepared to not clean up after there dog will happily do so in daylight ours. Less paranoia here! Jack222
  • Score: -9

10:30pm Tue 18 Mar 14

benfleet101 says...

I live in the middle of Benfleet, but in a wooded area, It's a large network of lanes with plenty of properties. We have always needed a torch after dark and it's never been a problem. There are loads of kids living in the area too and all are used to negotiating the lanes, with torch where necessary, after dark, As our the friends that visit. We pay extortionate Council Tax but as it is an unadopted road, we are not entitled to any maintenance on it at all, we have to do it all ourselves. You do have the benefit of the lights on until midnight. I am however, totally in agreement on the state of the potholes and pavements - they are the worst I have seen them in years and an accident waiting to happen.
I live in the middle of Benfleet, but in a wooded area, It's a large network of lanes with plenty of properties. We have always needed a torch after dark and it's never been a problem. There are loads of kids living in the area too and all are used to negotiating the lanes, with torch where necessary, after dark, As our the friends that visit. We pay extortionate Council Tax but as it is an unadopted road, we are not entitled to any maintenance on it at all, we have to do it all ourselves. You do have the benefit of the lights on until midnight. I am however, totally in agreement on the state of the potholes and pavements - they are the worst I have seen them in years and an accident waiting to happen. benfleet101
  • Score: 0

11:32am Wed 19 Mar 14

dannyskelt says...

This is hilarious, this was first introduced in Maldon, a young girl was raped 2 nights into it because of darkness. Who cares about pavements.... They're never going to listen to you anyway. In all fairness I'm more worried about peoples safety, not stepping in dog poo and tripping over a poor pavement! Hahaha
This is hilarious, this was first introduced in Maldon, a young girl was raped 2 nights into it because of darkness. Who cares about pavements.... They're never going to listen to you anyway. In all fairness I'm more worried about peoples safety, not stepping in dog poo and tripping over a poor pavement! Hahaha dannyskelt
  • Score: 4

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