“A Woeful Highways Department”

I am fortunate to be amongst a very small number of people in Essex who sit on two Planning Committees, but very unfortunate that both the UDC and Essex committees are advised by the woeful ECC Highways Department.

We have recently had two parallel situations where in one, the Highways Department advised that a potentially dangerous junction near Witham was safe; a junction which will be used by thousands of massive lorries from a new minerals site. We members were not so sure, so we deferred the application last month and reviewed it again this week. The Highways Department came back with major modifications to the junction and commented that they had now inspected the junction properly (Google maps have a lot to answer for).
In the second, HD sanctioned access to a new development site in Great Chesterford whilst ignoring Essex Design Guidelines and the very real concerns of Residents.

I proposed deferral of the decision to the next UDC Meeting and demanded that HD actually turn up at this meeting to justify their methodology and decision making.

3 thoughts on ““A Woeful Highways Department”

  1. keithmackmanKeith

    Surely heads should roll over the Witham nonsense. To come back after a recommendation for approval and say that they have now ‘inspected the junction properly’ is farcical. It should be done before a recommendation.

    I had four years experience of decisions by ECC Highways and they were inconsistent and deaf to criticism. Frequently it was obvious that nobody from the department conducted site visits.

    Given that this ECC is the statutory authority for highways and their decisions routinely hamstring proper planning decisions, maybe residents should explore what sanctions exist to compel them to do their job properly.

  2. Neil Gregory

    Hi John,

    On behalf of the residents of Bartholomew Close, and the adjoining roads in Gt Chesterford, many thanks for intervening on this matter. Without your efforts and robust scrutiny this proposal would have gone through without proper consideration of the facts.

    Neil Gregory

  3. Mat Fletcher

    Can we also have Grove Hill leading from Stansted Mountfitchett to Elsenham looked at? This is a well known local bottleneck relying on poorly positioned traffic lights to ‘police’ it. It’s quite obvious that a set of lights need re-positioning to well beyond the houses, thus allowing traffic to only ever flow in one direction at a time through a single carriageway. This will be become ever more critical with the new developments that are going up in Elsenham. I urge some action on this


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