£12 million boost for Essex’s roads, pavements and potholes

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Planning a Growing EconomyEssex’s roads, pavements and potholes are my top priority for the residents I serve. We know how much pride residents take in where they live, and how important getting around the county is.

After all, Essex has one of the largest road networks in the UK. Its 5,000 miles are the equivalent of traveling overland from Chelmsford to Beijing, with a mix of urban and rural roads that bring their own unique challenges.

That is why I am pleased to announce an additional £12 million in funding for Essex Highways is part of our 2024/25 budget. This was approved today (Tuesday 13 February) at the Full Council meeting.

This significant boost will be allocated across different areas, including over £8 million for more crews for each borough, city and district who will prioritise repairs raised by local councillors.

The funding will also add resources to our enforcement team, which can challenge landowners where overgrown vegetation creates danger for users of roads and footways.

Last year, our Essex Highways crews repaired 90% more potholes compared to the previous year as a result of extra council funding.

I therefore look forward to seeing how our committed and talented teams will work with our elected county council members to continue delivering on residents’ priorities across 2024/25.

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