Highways Update: Subcommittee Formed and Potholes
An update from Councillor Alex Coley on the largest and longest unconference
A local resident is looking for donations of surplus apples from back gardens
Welcome to the environment update for August 2018. July has been a
At the last WERRA committee meeting we setup our Highways Subcomittee. It is something that we have been aspiring to do for a while but the shocking state of our highways meant that we needed to start this sooner rather than later. As well as the potholes, the subcommittee will also be reviewing the proposals for parking restrictions in West Ewell and Ruxley wards. For details on how you can join our highways subcommittee please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potholes – HM The Queen and a Bumpy Ride to the Derby
There has been a general view that Surrey County Council are failing to repair potholes as it is cheaper to pay (or not pay) for any litigation. These potholes are dangerous to all road users, cost residents on vehicle maintenance/repair and are an embarrasment. Quite rightly, Residents are asking where their council tax money is going. Unfortunately with the decisions that Surrey County Council make they cost us as residents. The street light switch off has resulted in an increase in crimes at night. This costs residents through insurance premiums as well as losing irreplaceble items through breakins. With potholes, residents are paying the cost through extra wear and tear on their vehicles. Surrey have reduced the number of grass cuttings across the borough, requiring Epsom and Ewell Borough Council to step in.
It was highlighted that not only does a pothole need to be reported for Surrey County Council for them to be liable but you also have to have a reference number of a report. To make this easier for residents we will be using FixMyStreet to report all our potholes. If your vehicle is damaged by a pothole visit fixmystreet.com to see if the pothole has already been reported and if a reference number can be seen in the comments.
At our meeting it was highlighted about the work that our RA councillor’s and committee have been doing. Over the last few months we have been dilligently reporting potholes to Surrey County Council to give them an opportunity to repair these potholes after a particularly poor winter.
“After three months of reporting the dreadful state of this road I am informed that it is on the list of bids for part of the new £5million Surrey has allocated for road repairs to major routes throughout the County I am hopeful that it will be successful I did remind them that the Queen uses the road on her route home from the Derby!”
County Councillor Jan Mason
The RA councillors are doing everything they can to put pressure on Surrey County Council to repair the roads around Epsom & Ewell. Do please report pot holes using FixMyStreet or by contacting the SCC contact centre – Telephone: 03456 009 009 or Email: email@example.com