County Councillors get another direct say on pothole repairs

Hot on the heels of last year’s hugely successful ‘member-led’ pothole repair initiative comes another chance for county councillors to put forward their priority repairs after a major cash investment by the ECC Cabinet.

The new programme follows two previous schemes, in 2018 and 2019, which saw hundreds of extra road and footway problems fixed in addition to repairs completed routinely because of their immediate risk to safety.

Each Essex County Councillor will be using their local knowledge and working with their local Parishes and Districts so Members can nominate a list of locally important pothole locations to Essex Highways for repair. The road defects submitted will then be fixed permanently as soon as possible, using extra investment provided by Essex County Council.

Each county councillor will be able use a repair crew in their area for up to 10 days, working to the list County Councillors will provide. Their work will be focused on some of the most locally irritating potholes which may not normally be considered for immediate repair under existing maintenance policies.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “We have proved these Member-led exercises work very well to fix extra potholes locally. I want to make sure that the money we’re putting in to these additional repairs is used to maximum effect in each area. We want to repair the potholes that really frustrate people locally as well as the ones our careful safety- and asset led policies mandate. We won’t be able to fix everything, but we will consider requests that our resources can deal with.

“That’s why I am asking all Essex County Councillors to consult quickly as possible, with their local councils, organisations or residents and then let us have their list of local priority potholes. We’ll fix them permanently with extra crews, further improving our road network and helping everyone who uses it.”