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Essex CC needs to tackle dangerous pavements

December 20, 2018 10:19 AM

Footpath at Boundary of Stonesby Avenue, Eyres Monsell, Leicester and Aylestone Lane, Oadby and Wigston Borough in September 2015

Essex County Council has been asked about plans to tackle the problem of pavement / footway defects across the County. Lib Dem Councillor David Kendall (Brentwood South) asked the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure what new initiatives are planned, given the recent '20 worst pothole' initiatives. David asked if a similar arrangement will follow for footway defects.

Reply from the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure

'I thank the member for Brentwood South for his question on the future of the top 20 potholes initiative.

Following the positive response by members to the top 20 potholes initiative, we will explore options going forward and a further initiative covering footpath defects could be an option.

However, in terms of processes and procedures for footpaths, the work involved in preparing jobs for repairs would be very different. We would need to obtain utility apparatus information in advance as most of the services are in footways. Currently, we have an exemption when repairing potholes under 100mm as there is minimal excavation and the utility apparatus tends to be deeper underground or below the road construction layers given the weight of traffic on the roads.

Furthermore, the treatment types would be different to that used in carriageways. Footways have a more varied type of construction and can include slabbed areas, concrete or bitumen. There also tends to be other underlying issues (like trees) that have caused the damage, and these would require attention too.

Therefore, the costs involved in a footway initiative would be quite different, as would the cost ratio per defect.'