Plea to repair 1ft-deep ‘dangerous’ pothole

Gazette: Plea to repair 1ft-deep ‘dangerous’ pothole Plea to repair 1ft-deep ‘dangerous’ pothole

RESIDENTS have hit out after a large pothole has gone unrepaired despite months of complaints.

The hole in Chapel Street South, Colchester, is almost a foot-deep and now concerned people have filled it with bricks and rubble to try to make it safer while they wait for it to be fixed.

Miles Borges has been the manager of the New Inn pub in the road for a year and a half.

He said: “The pothole has been there longer than I have.

“It is just getting worse. It has grown.

“One of my customers has damaged his bike going over it.

“I see people getting out of their cars and taking pictures of it after driving over it.”

He said he is now even more concerned about his punters’ safety as the street light switch off makes it impossible to spot the pot hole.

He said: “It is not safe for cyclists.

“Big pot holes like that are waiting for accidents. It is dangerous.

“It is not just here, it is a problem for the whole town. There are potholes all over the place.”

Philip Caney, who lives in the road, reported the problem in October and was told someone else had also raised the issue with Essex County Council.

He said: “It’s ridiculous and dangerous.

“I don’t know why the council hasn’t done anything about it.

“I can’t believe how long it has taken.

“People avoid it. They go up the kerb.

“Early in the morning and late at night I hear cars going over it.

“If the weather gets really bad it is going to get worse.

Repairing the pot hole should be a priority.”

An Essex Highways Engineer said: “Essex Highways carries out regular inspections of roads and footways and will send an engineer to inspect all reported defects to assess how urgently they require repair.

“In order to get the most efficient use out of our resources the Essex Highways Maintenance Strategy prioritises repairs to the busiest routes and most dangerous defects first.

“The defect identified in Chapel Street South, Colchester, has not met Essex Highways’ strict assessment criteria for immediate repair in previous assessments.

“However, we will arrange a fresh inspection of the site to assess whether the condition of the road has deteriorated and if any remedial action is required.”

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6:42pm Thu 2 Jan 14

All_talk_no_action says...

One of thousands around Colchester.
One of thousands around Colchester. All_talk_no_action

7:13pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hamiltonandy says...

We despaired in Acland Avenue of the potholes. Our councillor did her best but was ignored. What finally worked were letters to the paper and one resident starting to fill up the holes with concrete. After the first one was done a large team of workman dug up large areas of road for new tarmac. ECC may not care about residents' safety but they are quick to respond if you touch their roads.
We despaired in Acland Avenue of the potholes. Our councillor did her best but was ignored. What finally worked were letters to the paper and one resident starting to fill up the holes with concrete. After the first one was done a large team of workman dug up large areas of road for new tarmac. ECC may not care about residents' safety but they are quick to respond if you touch their roads. Hamiltonandy

7:38pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Ontheball says...

Lazy, useless, incompetent jobsworths infest ECC who are totally to blame for this situation. They are also to responsible for the same problem in Bakers Lane, where two deep potholes exist on the side of the road and which are covered in continuing floodwater due to blocked drains. They do nothing as usual.

Oh how I would love some of these jobsworths to be sacked for not doing their jobs. I bet if this sort of situation was outside County Hall, it would be cleared within the hour!!!!!
Lazy, useless, incompetent jobsworths infest ECC who are totally to blame for this situation. They are also to responsible for the same problem in Bakers Lane, where two deep potholes exist on the side of the road and which are covered in continuing floodwater due to blocked drains. They do nothing as usual. Oh how I would love some of these jobsworths to be sacked for not doing their jobs. I bet if this sort of situation was outside County Hall, it would be cleared within the hour!!!!! Ontheball

10:17pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Reginald47 says...

We've all got one - everyone in the bloody county's got one. Years and years of neglect are coming home to roost. Cllr Rodney Bass hasn't got a hope!
We've all got one - everyone in the bloody county's got one. Years and years of neglect are coming home to roost. Cllr Rodney Bass hasn't got a hope! Reginald47

10:15am Fri 3 Jan 14

Ozzie says...

This is just ONE of the MANY examples in and around the streets of Colchester. One realises there have been cutbacks, but sometimes, at what cost? My tracking has had to be checked three times in the last year as it has gone out and I have had a set of tyres on the front of my car replaced due to uneven wear and damage on the edges of the tyre - and I am sure it is because of hitting those unexpected pot holes that appear! We are now all reaping the rewards of austerity cuts in Colchester - a lovely new year's gift!
This is just ONE of the MANY examples in and around the streets of Colchester. One realises there have been cutbacks, but sometimes, at what cost? My tracking has had to be checked three times in the last year as it has gone out and I have had a set of tyres on the front of my car replaced due to uneven wear and damage on the edges of the tyre - and I am sure it is because of hitting those unexpected pot holes that appear! We are now all reaping the rewards of austerity cuts in Colchester - a lovely new year's gift! Ozzie

10:59am Fri 3 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Come lissi your up the ecc get busy for your town.
Come lissi your up the ecc get busy for your town. stevedawson

2:45pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Hatpeg says...

A hole in the road.
The council are looking in to it.
A hole in the road. The council are looking in to it. Hatpeg

9:31am Sat 4 Jan 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

All_talk_no_action wrote:
One of thousands around Colchester.
Only a 1 foot deep hardly F*****G Bolivia is it????

You absolute bunch of F*****G whimps buy yourselfs a Landrover Defender the real Mckoy and be proud you are british!!!!!

wave the union jack with dignity....
[quote][p][bold]All_talk_no_action[/bold] wrote: One of thousands around Colchester.[/p][/quote]Only a 1 foot deep hardly F*****G Bolivia is it???? You absolute bunch of F*****G whimps buy yourselfs a Landrover Defender the real Mckoy and be proud you are british!!!!! wave the union jack with dignity.... TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell

9:33am Sat 4 Jan 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

Hatpeg wrote:
A hole in the road.
The council are looking in to it.
its out side the dole office at crown buildings get some of those civil servants to fill it in with old UB40'S
[quote][p][bold]Hatpeg[/bold] wrote: A hole in the road. The council are looking in to it.[/p][/quote]its out side the dole office at crown buildings get some of those civil servants to fill it in with old UB40'S TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell

7:58pm Sat 4 Jan 14

JFFs brain says...

Essex Highways’ strict assessment criteria for immediate repair in previous assessments. = It must be in Chelmsford.
Essex Highways’ strict assessment criteria for immediate repair in previous assessments. = It must be in Chelmsford. JFFs brain

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