Bus station slabs 'are so dangerous'

Gazette: Some of the broken paving slabs at Colchester Bus Station. Some of the broken paving slabs at Colchester Bus Station.

PAVING slabs surrounding Colchester’s new bus station have been described as dangerous.

Several of the concrete tiles around the shelter, in Osborne Street, are loose.

Passengers have told the Gazette of several incidents where people have tripped and hurt themselves.

The latest incident yesterday saw an elderly woman fall in Stanwell Street, although she escaped serious injury.

Peter Byfield, 68, from Elmstead Market, said: “If you stand and look at the newpaving, it is all irregular.

“If you step on some they fall down or stick out.

“This lady was walking around the waiting room and tripped.

“Fortunately, she was shaken, nothing more, but I wonder what will happen to someone who is partially-sighted or more frail.

“We could see ankles and hips hurt or even broken.”

Ben Porter, 17, of Old Road, Clacton, said: “I saw someone fall over just the other day. It was an older lady and she damaged her nose quite badly, it was all scratched.

“I can’t believe it has been left like this for so long. It should have been repaired before now.”

Pal George Priestley, 18, of Writtle Close, Clacton, said: “It’s so bad and I wonder who put it in, it’s just terrible.”

The £2million facility opened in November 2012, a joint project between Colchester Council and Essex County Council.

A spokesman for the county council, which is responsible for roads and pavements, said: “A defect has been reported outside Colchester Bus Station and we plan to inspect the area to identify any repairs that may be necessary.

“We are aware of some defects on the pavement in St Botolph’s Street, which are being assessed as part of an overall repair programme.

“The date for this work is to be confirmed.”

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8:00am Wed 15 Jan 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

No reason that taxpayer should have to foot the bill for repairs. It's a fairly new construction - get the original contractor back to fix it. Was obviously a poor quality job in the first place.
No reason that taxpayer should have to foot the bill for repairs. It's a fairly new construction - get the original contractor back to fix it. Was obviously a poor quality job in the first place. Ritchie_Hicks
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9:15am Wed 15 Jan 14

romantic says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
No reason that taxpayer should have to foot the bill for repairs. It's a fairly new construction - get the original contractor back to fix it. Was obviously a poor quality job in the first place.
True, but it will depend on the contract. Council's track record with making watertight contracts isn't too good!
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: No reason that taxpayer should have to foot the bill for repairs. It's a fairly new construction - get the original contractor back to fix it. Was obviously a poor quality job in the first place.[/p][/quote]True, but it will depend on the contract. Council's track record with making watertight contracts isn't too good! romantic
  • Score: 13

1:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Reginald47 says...

romantic wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote: No reason that taxpayer should have to foot the bill for repairs. It's a fairly new construction - get the original contractor back to fix it. Was obviously a poor quality job in the first place.
True, but it will depend on the contract. Council's track record with making watertight contracts isn't too good!
What County Council contracts have there been a problem with? I don't recall readng about any.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: No reason that taxpayer should have to foot the bill for repairs. It's a fairly new construction - get the original contractor back to fix it. Was obviously a poor quality job in the first place.[/p][/quote]True, but it will depend on the contract. Council's track record with making watertight contracts isn't too good![/p][/quote]What County Council contracts have there been a problem with? I don't recall readng about any. Reginald47
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7:48pm Wed 15 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Disgusting quality of work.whoever done this work should be taken of the tender list at once.He should be given a week to correct the works or the work will be carried out by others at his expense.Nonsense to do otherwise.
Disgusting quality of work.whoever done this work should be taken of the tender list at once.He should be given a week to correct the works or the work will be carried out by others at his expense.Nonsense to do otherwise. stevedawson
  • Score: 2

2:55am Thu 16 Jan 14

Boris says...

Reginald47 wrote:
romantic wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote: No reason that taxpayer should have to foot the bill for repairs. It's a fairly new construction - get the original contractor back to fix it. Was obviously a poor quality job in the first place.
True, but it will depend on the contract. Council's track record with making watertight contracts isn't too good!
What County Council contracts have there been a problem with? I don't recall readng about any.
Repair of potholes.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: No reason that taxpayer should have to foot the bill for repairs. It's a fairly new construction - get the original contractor back to fix it. Was obviously a poor quality job in the first place.[/p][/quote]True, but it will depend on the contract. Council's track record with making watertight contracts isn't too good![/p][/quote]What County Council contracts have there been a problem with? I don't recall readng about any.[/p][/quote]Repair of potholes. Boris
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8:55am Thu 16 Jan 14

Hamiltonandy says...

I suggest our council representative Regi look at Thursday's Gazette where the failings of ECC contractors are exposed. Regi may have forgotten the involvement of ECC approved contractors in the notorious VAF construction. The rotten core of financial abuse has been demonstrated by the previous ECC leader.
I suggest our council representative Regi look at Thursday's Gazette where the failings of ECC contractors are exposed. Regi may have forgotten the involvement of ECC approved contractors in the notorious VAF construction. The rotten core of financial abuse has been demonstrated by the previous ECC leader. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 2

8:55am Thu 16 Jan 14

Hamiltonandy says...

I suggest our council representative Regi look at Thursday's Gazette where the failings of ECC contractors are exposed. Regi may have forgotten the involvement of ECC approved contractors in the notorious VAF construction. The rotten core of financial abuse has been demonstrated by the previous ECC leader.
I suggest our council representative Regi look at Thursday's Gazette where the failings of ECC contractors are exposed. Regi may have forgotten the involvement of ECC approved contractors in the notorious VAF construction. The rotten core of financial abuse has been demonstrated by the previous ECC leader. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Mind your own business says...

They are not dangerous people should just watch where they are going.
They are not dangerous people should just watch where they are going. Mind your own business
  • Score: -1

6:46pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Mind your own business wrote:
They are not dangerous people should just watch where they are going.
Don't feed the troll...............
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[quote][p][bold]Mind your own business[/bold] wrote: They are not dangerous people should just watch where they are going.[/p][/quote]Don't feed the troll............... ........... Ritchie_Hicks
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