Development access road 'needs repairs'

Steve Tasker highlights some of the problems in Valley Road, Wivenhoe.

Steve Tasker highlights some of the problems in Valley Road, Wivenhoe.

First published in News Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A RESIDENT of a pothole-strewn road is calling for urgent repairs.

Steve Tasker, of Valley Road, Wivenhoe, says the street has been damaged by lorries servicing the Cook’s Shipyard development.

But despite construction firm Taylor Wimpey putting up £5,000 to restore the road, Mr Tasker says it is not enough to do full repairs.

An Essex County Council spokesman said: "Essex Highways does recognise there has been some damage to the main access roads used for the development. The developer contribution has been used against urgent repairs on Bowes and Valley Roads, and urther repairs to these roads will be picked up as part of the Highways Service on-going maintenance programme of works."

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3:34pm Tue 26 Feb 13

friday_woods says...

Colchester's roads with regards to potholes are some of the worst I have ever driven on. Try driving along Berechurch Road without having to swerve and play 'avoid the pothole' for the length of the whole road less the short section by the Cpl Budd VC gym. The same can be said for large parts of Layer Road.
Colchester's roads with regards to potholes are some of the worst I have ever driven on. Try driving along Berechurch Road without having to swerve and play 'avoid the pothole' for the length of the whole road less the short section by the Cpl Budd VC gym. The same can be said for large parts of Layer Road. friday_woods
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3:40pm Tue 26 Feb 13

JCoe1980 says...

Join the queue! There are potholes all over Colchester and just because you get into the paper to make a point should not push your road to the front of the queue.

I suggest that you contact your local political party to have this issue sorted out with the council.
Join the queue! There are potholes all over Colchester and just because you get into the paper to make a point should not push your road to the front of the queue. I suggest that you contact your local political party to have this issue sorted out with the council. JCoe1980
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3:45pm Tue 26 Feb 13

wellnow says...

The state of the countries road system is now in such a state that to repair would cost billions.
The state of the countries road system is now in such a state that to repair would cost billions. wellnow
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3:53pm Tue 26 Feb 13

apec96 says...

That's not even that bad.
That's not even that bad. apec96
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6:43pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Im_Like_HELLO says...

Perhaps it is about time someone did a Dr Beeching on the road network - close some of them and then it would cost less to maintain the rest. The more roads and traffic there are, the more thinly the road budgets are spread.
Perhaps it is about time someone did a Dr Beeching on the road network - close some of them and then it would cost less to maintain the rest. The more roads and traffic there are, the more thinly the road budgets are spread. Im_Like_HELLO
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7:35pm Tue 26 Feb 13

hughie-s says...

Can't see a single pot hole in that road, drive the roads from Tiptree through Tolleshunt Knights to Peldon if you want to see real pot holes.
Can't see a single pot hole in that road, drive the roads from Tiptree through Tolleshunt Knights to Peldon if you want to see real pot holes. hughie-s
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9:43pm Tue 26 Feb 13

jeffbridges says...

I think the definition of the word "pothole" needs to be addressed before the resident in the photo complains too much.
I believe (correct me If I`m wrong)
a pothole has to be over 2 inches deep to be considerd a pot hole.
may I refur also to another story of a proper pothole a year or two ago, and one comment placed in reply.

S*ap*ze says...
12:49pm Tue 19 Apr 11

But more to the point, why does this idiot think that I should pay for mending his wheel? Our taxes are hard earned and should not be used to compensate idiot car drivers who damage their own property. The pot hole didn't hit his car. The driver made his car hit the pot hole.”

said so very aptly I feel.
I think the definition of the word "pothole" needs to be addressed before the resident in the photo complains too much. I believe (correct me If I`m wrong) a pothole has to be over 2 inches deep to be considerd a pot hole. may I refur also to another story of a proper pothole a year or two ago, and one comment placed in reply. S*ap*ze says... 12:49pm Tue 19 Apr 11 But more to the point, why does this idiot think that I should pay for mending his wheel? Our taxes are hard earned and should not be used to compensate idiot car drivers who damage their own property. The pot hole didn't hit his car. The driver made his car hit the pot hole.” said so very aptly I feel. jeffbridges
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11:14pm Tue 26 Feb 13

whittle1 says...

hughie-s wrote:
Can't see a single pot hole in that road, drive the roads from Tiptree through Tolleshunt Knights to Peldon if you want to see real pot holes.
Tiptree's roads are great! They've all been resurfaced in the last 2 weeks
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: Can't see a single pot hole in that road, drive the roads from Tiptree through Tolleshunt Knights to Peldon if you want to see real pot holes.[/p][/quote]Tiptree's roads are great! They've all been resurfaced in the last 2 weeks whittle1
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11:51pm Tue 26 Feb 13

carnuts says...

I live in Tiptree and yes a lot of the roads have been re-surfaced. and they needed doing.
Be glad when they finish as I have had little sleep for over a week,
Why do they need the buzzers etc. at night, bad enough the noise of the machinery.
I live in Tiptree and yes a lot of the roads have been re-surfaced. and they needed doing. Be glad when they finish as I have had little sleep for over a week, Why do they need the buzzers etc. at night, bad enough the noise of the machinery. carnuts
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11:56pm Tue 26 Feb 13

carnuts says...

What we should all do is drive around between five and ten mile an hour everywhere
When stopped by THE one essex police officer, if he/she is ever seen, just tell them that you don't want to damage your tyres or suspension, might get something done then, not.
What we should all do is drive around between five and ten mile an hour everywhere When stopped by THE one essex police officer, if he/she is ever seen, just tell them that you don't want to damage your tyres or suspension, might get something done then, not. carnuts
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4:20am Wed 27 Feb 13

G.Speel says...

Call that a pothole? Don't be daft of course it's not - just a piece of surfacing come away. Is this the best so called news article you can come up with?
Call that a pothole? Don't be daft of course it's not - just a piece of surfacing come away. Is this the best so called news article you can come up with? G.Speel
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9:08am Wed 27 Feb 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

ECC should get the companies back who repeatedly fill the holes only for them to open again within hours. Someone is making a lot of money from poorly repairing the holes in the first place. Good work if you can get it!
ECC should get the companies back who repeatedly fill the holes only for them to open again within hours. Someone is making a lot of money from poorly repairing the holes in the first place. Good work if you can get it! Ritchie_Hicks
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9:10am Wed 27 Feb 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

P.S. Go to this link to report https://www.gov.uk/r
eport-pothole
P.S. Go to this link to report https://www.gov.uk/r eport-pothole Ritchie_Hicks
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9:11am Wed 27 Feb 13

Citizen 139 says...

Wonder when the trench that runs across the A12 at Mountnessing (London bound) will ever get fixed.
Wonder when the trench that runs across the A12 at Mountnessing (London bound) will ever get fixed. Citizen 139
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9:12am Wed 27 Feb 13

jeffbridges says...

carnuts wrote:
What we should all do is drive around between five and ten mile an hour everywhere When stopped by THE one essex police officer, if he/she is ever seen, just tell them that you don't want to damage your tyres or suspension, might get something done then, not.
good point, but wasted here.
two things come to mind.
1 you would be causing an obstruction,
then be liable to fines and or penalty points on your license.
2 you would be looked upon as "not quite right!
3 walking people could accuse you of attempt to intimidate them by driving so slowly.
4 would annoy me if I was stuck behind you, thinking you were either very elderly, drunk, on drugs, attempting or actually about to cause an Illegal offence, or mentally incapacitated redering you unfit to drive on "public"
and the word Is "public" roads.

be away with you and your silly Ideas.
[quote][p][bold]carnuts[/bold] wrote: What we should all do is drive around between five and ten mile an hour everywhere When stopped by THE one essex police officer, if he/she is ever seen, just tell them that you don't want to damage your tyres or suspension, might get something done then, not.[/p][/quote]good point, but wasted here. two things come to mind. 1 you would be causing an obstruction, then be liable to fines and or penalty points on your license. 2 you would be looked upon as "not quite right! 3 walking people could accuse you of attempt to intimidate them by driving so slowly. 4 would annoy me if I was stuck behind you, thinking you were either very elderly, drunk, on drugs, attempting or actually about to cause an Illegal offence, or mentally incapacitated redering you unfit to drive on "public" and the word Is "public" roads. be away with you and your silly Ideas. jeffbridges
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9:58am Wed 27 Feb 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

jeffbridges wrote:
I think the definition of the word "pothole" needs to be addressed before the resident in the photo complains too much.
I believe (correct me If I`m wrong)
a pothole has to be over 2 inches deep to be considerd a pot hole.
may I refur also to another story of a proper pothole a year or two ago, and one comment placed in reply.

S*ap*ze says...
12:49pm Tue 19 Apr 11

But more to the point, why does this idiot think that I should pay for mending his wheel? Our taxes are hard earned and should not be used to compensate idiot car drivers who damage their own property. The pot hole didn't hit his car. The driver made his car hit the pot hole.”

said so very aptly I feel.
Drivers already pay enough tax collected in Road Fund Duty, Fuel Duty and IPT. The least we should expect is decent roads to drive on.

Why shouldn't the council pay for the damage if they can't keep the roads in an adequate condition?
[quote][p][bold]jeffbridges[/bold] wrote: I think the definition of the word "pothole" needs to be addressed before the resident in the photo complains too much. I believe (correct me If I`m wrong) a pothole has to be over 2 inches deep to be considerd a pot hole. may I refur also to another story of a proper pothole a year or two ago, and one comment placed in reply. S*ap*ze says... 12:49pm Tue 19 Apr 11 But more to the point, why does this idiot think that I should pay for mending his wheel? Our taxes are hard earned and should not be used to compensate idiot car drivers who damage their own property. The pot hole didn't hit his car. The driver made his car hit the pot hole.” said so very aptly I feel.[/p][/quote]Drivers already pay enough tax collected in Road Fund Duty, Fuel Duty and IPT. The least we should expect is decent roads to drive on. Why shouldn't the council pay for the damage if they can't keep the roads in an adequate condition? Ritchie_Hicks
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4:51pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Red Tape 2 says...

Maybe we should use some of the £32bn HS2 money to repair our road network for the benefit of the majority rather than a railway line that will only benefit the elite who can afford to use it? Then put the rest of the money saved into subsidised rail fares...
Maybe we should use some of the £32bn HS2 money to repair our road network for the benefit of the majority rather than a railway line that will only benefit the elite who can afford to use it? Then put the rest of the money saved into subsidised rail fares... Red Tape 2
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8:29pm Wed 27 Feb 13

DelA says...

I have seen a lot of really bad holes in roads around Clacton and notice in the local news about Frinton and Walton needing money to repair there's. So why has 1000's of pounds been spent on replacing slabbed paths in Bemerton Gdns and smaller roads off of it, when rebedding them would of been a lot cheaper.Also new kerbs have been laid nearby, WHY? Does a local councillor live near by LOL. Surely this money could of been spent repairing the main roads nearby.
I have seen a lot of really bad holes in roads around Clacton and notice in the local news about Frinton and Walton needing money to repair there's. So why has 1000's of pounds been spent on replacing slabbed paths in Bemerton Gdns and smaller roads off of it, when rebedding them would of been a lot cheaper.Also new kerbs have been laid nearby, WHY? Does a local councillor live near by LOL. Surely this money could of been spent repairing the main roads nearby. DelA
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9:34pm Wed 27 Feb 13

jeffbridges says...

it may come as a bit of a shock, but even Frinton and neighbouring Hollands areas roads are sometimes classed as private/unadopted.
Frinton has some prestige seafront properties covered by the worst roads I have ever seen.
Hollands got its fair share of private/unadopted roads also,
some even featured in the gazettes pages a few years ago.
the residents then paid for the roads resurfacing, as did a story of a few roads in Point Clear.
I think everyone takes for granted that roads we drive on are repaired by ECC, but in reality, only a majority are, not all of them are.
I now wonder in the road in this story is in fact ECC`s remit for repairs?
or is it the developments costs to make the repairs.
it may come as a bit of a shock, but even Frinton and neighbouring Hollands areas roads are sometimes classed as private/unadopted. Frinton has some prestige seafront properties covered by the worst roads I have ever seen. Hollands got its fair share of private/unadopted roads also, some even featured in the gazettes pages a few years ago. the residents then paid for the roads resurfacing, as did a story of a few roads in Point Clear. I think everyone takes for granted that roads we drive on are repaired by ECC, but in reality, only a majority are, not all of them are. I now wonder in the road in this story is in fact ECC`s remit for repairs? or is it the developments costs to make the repairs. jeffbridges
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11:46am Sat 2 Mar 13

wellnow says...

I dont know wether the comment attributed to jess was said in jest, l hope it was, because if not the consequences of cars etc swerving to avoid the growing pot hole menace could be quite catastrophic.
I dont know wether the comment attributed to jess was said in jest, l hope it was, because if not the consequences of cars etc swerving to avoid the growing pot hole menace could be quite catastrophic. wellnow
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11:44pm Sun 3 Mar 13

jeffbridges says...

wellnow wrote:
I dont know wether the comment attributed to jess was said in jest, l hope it was, because if not the consequences of cars etc swerving to avoid the growing pot hole menace could be quite catastrophic.
It was said in jest wellnow,
but so is the story of a pothole.
there is no pothole, only some surface loss of tarmac.
It will neither puncture nor damage any car wheel or tyre being such a small change in road surface.
Jess was partly correct to be able to drive a vehicle according to traffic, speed limit and road conditions.
Quite simply, If you cannot achieve that,
then I`m afraid your driving habits are in need of refreshing.
The alternative is to drive a truck, bus or lorry and drive over anything with ease.
They say walkin is good also,
but on that I cannot commen upon.
As for cycling, you must be mad, unless using an all terrain mountain bike that can take bumps with ease.
[quote][p][bold]wellnow[/bold] wrote: I dont know wether the comment attributed to jess was said in jest, l hope it was, because if not the consequences of cars etc swerving to avoid the growing pot hole menace could be quite catastrophic.[/p][/quote]It was said in jest wellnow, but so is the story of a pothole. there is no pothole, only some surface loss of tarmac. It will neither puncture nor damage any car wheel or tyre being such a small change in road surface. Jess was partly correct to be able to drive a vehicle according to traffic, speed limit and road conditions. Quite simply, If you cannot achieve that, then I`m afraid your driving habits are in need of refreshing. The alternative is to drive a truck, bus or lorry and drive over anything with ease. They say walkin is good also, but on that I cannot commen upon. As for cycling, you must be mad, unless using an all terrain mountain bike that can take bumps with ease. jeffbridges
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