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Calls made for footpath in Brentwood to be fixed
7:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A DECISION not to repair a footpath left damaged for several years in Brentwood has been labelled a “joke”.
The path in Wren Place which has fallen into a state of disrepair with big cracks in the pavement and vegetation growing underneath, raising concerns from residents and councillors.
However, bosses at Essex County Council who responsible for highway repairs have said they do not believe the footpath is not in need of desperate need of fixing and is not a priority to them.
David Kendall, Lib Dem county councillor for Brentwood South, believes the decision not to repair the path immediately is a bad idea.
He feels with plans to switch off street lights in the town set to come in soon, leaving the path in it’s current state will cause more problems.
Mr Kendall said: “The path which is used by a lot of people has been in this state for a number of years now and I think it is ridiculous that nothing has been done to fix it.
“I don’t think anyone in a wheelchair would be able to negotiate it. The county council say it is not on their priority repair list, so how much worse does it have to get before it goes on the list?
“It is a public footpath so it should be kept to a reasonable standard. With the street lights set to be turned off soon overnight, footpaths left in this state could cause problems for people trying to walk home in the dark.”
Officers from the county council said they have looked at the path and it will be repaired, although there is no timeframe to when work will begin.
An Essex Highways Engineer said: “Investigations of this site have been made by Essex Highways Officers and, in-line with the Essex Highways maintenance strategy, this is classified as a footway defect on a local road.
“As such, there is no set timescale for when the defect at this location will be repaired, but it will be added to the programme of ongoing works to be repaired in due course.”