Cllr Harris puts Motion over potholes

P1040077_(1).JPGCllr Dave Harris put forward a proposal that the criteria is amended to give higher emphasis to local roads (local estate roads) as thats most people live ! 

Kerbs .. pot holes.. and footpaths are dire on local roads . I made the point in my speech about 2.1 m pounds paid out in compensation for damage and injury over road defects. Just imagine how many defects that would have fixed....

(Its hard enough to get a claim win.. so the 2.1m pounds is the tip of the iceberg)

I also made the point that top 3  residents priority issues were

Potholes, Potholes And Potholes

So its the public opinion issue that should be listened to. 

But.. the ruling group voted it down!

I congratulate all new County councillors on their election on 4th May, and welcome returning members who have been returned

I give congratulation to Colchester County Councillors, but of course as you would expect – special congratulations to my Colleague  Cllr Lee Scordis,. Lee I am sure you will do your best as you always do to represent Residents.

On that subject, All councillors here today obviously spoke to residents, and I know the top subjects that came up on door steps, in e mail, on social media in the election period,  and I spoke to residents in not only in my division, but in several areas of Colchester…

It is the same subject that always tops the poll in Urban areas In Colchester.

Cllr Bentley even highlighted this problem in the local press in my own division, Well done Kevin, quite right too.

I have reported many many defects, including the ones Kevin rightly highlighted.

People said time and time again that local estate roads are left with a low priority (To be monitored and periodically inspected to get so bad that it’s a danger and hits a peak where a risk is had and danger to road users by way of damage to vehicles or persons.

This danger is specially important to bikers, and cyclists.

I had a look at some of these on my motor bike, and saw the high risk to life and limb that exists to 2 wheeled road users. 2 wheels is a recommendation of many District and Borough Councillors to ease our urban traffic congestion problem. Even County has invested in Cycle Routes, just think of that irony, the message is “use you bike for work and leisure, but risk adding your name to the A and E waiting list”

By the way 2.1 million pounds has been paid out in the past year to damages caused by potholes. Bearing in mind how hard it is to get a claim for injury and damage through the system, that’s quite a figure 2.1m

How many pot holes, loose kerbstones, and path defects would 2.1 million pounds pay for,

The motion

So – This motion requests that the residents of Essex who have given that feedback to Councillors should be listened to.

That the categorisation should be amended to Local roads, where the most of the populous lives and the highest useage of roads. That we get repairs skewed away from rural back roads and into the areas where the masses live.

Those people who live in clusters and communities deserve no less than to have safe roads to use 

Evidence provided

The vast majority of reported potholes are not assessed as urgent and are put into a programme of work. Following the risk assessment, the pothole will be categorised from Priority 1 (P1) to Priority 4 (P4). The timescale for the repair depends on the risk assessment and which type of road the pothole is on – County Routes (A, B and some C roads) and Local Roads (majority of C and unclassified roads). Click on the link to view the map, or view the map at the bottom of this page.  County Routes are shown in orange on the map.

The table below shows the different classifications of potholes and the response time. 

An assessed pothole will either have orange or purple paint by it, which represents the length of time it will take to repair it.



*Where a P1 or P2 defect has initially been made safe but requires further treatment to make a permanent repair, this will be undertaken within 5 working days of the first repair.


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