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Witham: Councillor slams pothole priorities
12:00am Saturday 2nd March 2013 in News
Workmen fixed only one pothole in a street riddled with holes and craters, it has been claimed.
Councillor James Abbott has slammed Essex County Council after claiming he was told it is policy to only fix highest priority potholes, even if there are others nearby.
He estimates that are at least another dozen in Rickstones Road, Church Road and Oak Road in Rivenhall.
He said: “I just thought this is another expense and they are completely inefficient.
“I know they are tight for money but I think there is a better of working than that, you think they would do the whole lot.”
An Essex County Council spokesman said: “The last works undertaken at this site were by a utility company.
“An ECC officer has since inspected the site and identified some minor defects which will be repaired during the second phase of the pothole repair programme.
“In order to ensure safety and minimise disruption to the road network, the county council has to prioritise work on road defects that present the most immediate safety risk.
“Whilst on site the officer also observed there were no barriers or cones left on site by the previous workers.”