Member of Parliament for Harlow, Robert Halfon, is asking local residents for their help to mark National Pothole Day by reporting new potholes across the town now.
Last summer, Mr Halfon led the charge on ending the pothole plague infuriating Harlow drivers with great success, securing vital repair and resurfacing works across the town. Working with Harlow Council and the Conservative County Councillors, Robert secured a deal with Essex County Council to base a team of contractors in Harlow full time, carrying out repairs quickly and resurfacing major routes through the town, such as Edinburgh Way and the A414.
Now, the local MP is asking Harlow residents for their help to stamp out the pothole scourge once and for all by reporting new potholes to Essex County Council. Potholes in Harlow can be reported online: https://www.essexhighways.org/tell-us
Calling local drivers to action, Robert commented, “Like everyone in Harlow, I know how frustrating the potholes that appear in our roads every year can be. Not only are they a blight on our beautiful town, but they are dangerous for drivers and pedestrians and have the potential to cause significant damage to cars and vans.
“Last summer, I successfully lobbied Essex County Council, who look after all the roads in Harlow, securing urgent repairs and resurfacing works for roads across the town. I was able to publish a timetable of work between April and July, with contractors carrying out hundreds of pothole repairs. From Great Brays to Longhouse Lane, Edinburgh Way to First Avenue, potholes were filled and roads resurfaced, making our journeys safer and restoring pride in our town.
“I want to reassure residents that I remain determined to end the influx of potholes once and for all, but I need your help. I am asking local residents to proactively report new potholes across our town so that I can hold Essex County Council to account, ensuring repairs are carried out quickly and effectively before they become bigger and even more dangerous.”
Last year, the Government invested £200 million across the country to tackle potholes alone, with over £8.3 billion made available for new roads and infrastructure upgrades. In Essex, the County Council announced £12 million to fill potholes and repair roads.
In October, Essex County Council launched a trial of a new pothole repair method, using long-lasting and sustainable materials to fill potholes without digging up the road, speeding up remedial work and getting drivers from A to B with as little inconvenience as possible.