Basildon Mayor's mission to get pothole on Jackson's Lane fixed

Basildon Mayor David Dadds pointing at pot hole

Article by Chloe Rose: A road is so full of potholes “it feels like it has rumble strips” says Basildon’s mayor, who has been battling for four months to get urgent repairs.

David Dadds is pleading with Essex County Council to carry out much-needed work to the patch on Jackson’s Lane in Billericay.

He has written to the council, who is in charge of highways and road repairs, numerous times since February in a desperate attempt to get the road fixed.

He says angry motorists are contacting Basildon Borough Council to complain, but it’s a county council responsibility. Mr Dadds has warned the pothole poses a “significant risk” to cyclists and needs immediate attention.

He said:

“It’s just ridiculous. I have repeatedly asked Essex County Council and written to them to say that it needs to be repaired and resurfaced and they have not responded. You drive along the road and it’s like rumble strips all along it. You have to slow down and go around it. The road requires urgent repairs and it needs to be fixed. It’s completely unacceptable.”

Mr Dadds has been contacted by a number of residents regarding the issue, with many looking to Basildon council to help sort the work. He added:

“I am asking Essex County Council for their help to please have the road repaired now.”

Essex Highways acknowledged the need to repair the pothole that has “undoubtedly got worse” however stated the pothole doesn’t qualify for immediate attention.

The council insisted they hope to have the pothole work completed by the end of the month.

A spokesperson for Essex Highways said:

“We’d like to thank Mayor David Dadds for drawing our attention to this defect, which has undoubtedly got worse recently on this residential road. Whilst it is a significant pothole, it is not one that qualifies for urgent repair, so we hope to have a repair crew booked to fix it before the end of the month. Unfortunately, at this time when all government and local government money is very tight, we have to ruthlessly prioritise our work repairing the higher safety-risk defects first.”

Article by Chloe Rose, The Echo