The truth about Potholes

Understandably, when talking to you, the poor state of our roads, pavements and problems with potholes are a major concern.

Roads and footpaths are the responsibility of Essex County Council, and last year they set up a scheme to enable their Essex County Councillors to report potholes in their areas to target repairs. My fellow Conservative County Councillors have used this on residents’ behalf, although some report fewer than others.

You can report road, footpath and lighting issues using the County Council’s ‘Track-It’ website: 

As the County Councillor representing South Woodham Ferrers, residents often contact me to report potholes, and I make a point of asking my fellow Town Councillors to identify priority faults.

It really helps if the report includes a reference number from the ‘Track-It’ website, and, ideally, the location of the fault using ‘What 3 Words’ as that provides a specific location.

But that is not enough. A Conservative City Council will do more to tackle the problem.

The Local Election on the 4th May 2023 is about what Chelmsford City Councillors can do for you.

Unlike the Liberal Democrats, who wrongly claim they can, Conservatives cannot promise to mend the roads but they can strongly influence what goes on. Conservative City Councillors will help you report the issues, and they will follow these up.

Essex County Council have rercruited an additional 12 ‘gangs’ to repair potholes, but these can only be properly repaired when it is dry ,and March and April have been among the wettest months ever recorded in Essex.

Cllr Bob Massey
Essex County Council



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