Residents asks Essex County Council to fix the “shocking state” of Uttlesford roads

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has written to Essex Highways to represent local residents’ concerns at the shocking state of our local roads.

Paul Gadd (R4U) Paul Gadd (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Paul Gadd, Essex County Councillor (ECC) for Saffron Walden, said “The number of potholes is mushrooming, and the potholes being reported are getting deeper and more dangerous. This time of year is obviously a bad time for potholes with the winter weather, but even allowing for that we seem to be reaching a new low. I’m getting regular complaints of new and more dangerous potholes, cyclists and motorcyclists coming off and damage to cars. I’m following up on everything I’m asked about, but that’s no substitute for Essex Highways having a proper maintenance regime.”

Cllr Gadd continued “In October last year, Essex Highways expressed their great concern that Conservative controlled Essex County Council was investing only half the funding required to keep our roads in their current state and that the road network could best be described as being “in managed decline”. Those concerns now seem to coming true, and the cost is being borne by local residents.  I have written to the Essex Cabinet Member responsible for Highways to ask what Essex Highways are going to do, and when they are going to put in place a proper maintenance programme to fix the shocking state of our roads. The current situation is just not acceptable.”

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