Residents continue battle against ECC pothole failures

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) sees residents’ despair at the “dire” and “dismal” state of local roads and continues to fight Essex County Council’s “managed decline” of highway maintenance.

Paul Gadd (R4U) Paul Gadd (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Paul Gadd, Essex County Councillor for Saffron Walden, said “Our roads are in a dismal state. Essex County Council is going from bad to worse as they’re now failing to fix even the worst potholes. A major cycling event seems the only thing that gets them out of Chelmsford, and even then they’ve done a poor job. Residents are in despair and quite rightly frequently complaining to me. I first asked Essex Highways to mend them at the start of April, chased again in late April and again in May, with a primary focus on the most dangerous craters, including on Rowntree Way, Borough Lane, South Road and Peaslands Road.”

Cllr Gadd continued “At R4U, we will keep chasing ECC, but please can residents also keep reporting issues themselves rather than accepting that the state of our roads is now some sort of dire new normal. Residents with damaged vehicles should also make financial claims against the ECC. They can find out how to report and claim at In spite of taking 75% of our council tax money, Conservative-run ECC has been in a poor financial state and they acknowledged last year that our roads were in a ‘managed decline’. We believe that this is unacceptable and will continue to fight on behalf of Uttlesford residents.”

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