Chelmsford hope to benefit from £10m pot hole fund

Chelmsford Weekly News: It is thought there are about 16,000 pot holes throughout Essex. It is thought there are about 16,000 pot holes throughout Essex.

CHELMSFORD will hope to be beneficiaries of £10 million of funding that will used to repair pot holes across Essex.

County hall last week announced it had successfully applied for £4.4 million of funding from the government to help mend damage on thousands of roads across the county.

The funds will be added to £5.6 million county hall already has in place for the repairs..

It is thought there are about 16,000 pot holes throughout Essex.

The Waterhouse Farm Residents Association are one group who will hope to benefit from the funding.

They have pleaded with the council in the past for the roads and pavements on the Beachenlea and Westland Estates to be improved.

Secretary Mavis Ring said they’ve been told they will be fixed this year, but don’t hold out much hope.

Mrs Ring said: “I’d like to think we’d see some of that money to fix the roads here. It’s the pavements as well though. People park up on the curbs, even council vehicles, and it all breaks away.”

County Hall have said a final decision is yet to be made on what roads will be fixed, but that it will based on those with the most defects based on highway inspections.

Councillor Rodney Bass, in charge of highways at county hall, said the money wouldn’t repair all the damage, but would make a difference.

He said: “This funding will make a difference. We know that highway defects are one of the biggest sources of dissatisfaction in the county.

“This is another boost to the investment which Essex County Council itself is already putting in to improve roads, keep transport moving and ensure future economic growth and prosperity in the county.”

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