A LEADING Labour councillor has welcomed the news that a number of the major roads in Harlow will have their potholes repaired however, he believes it is being done due to pressure exerted by Labour and local residents.

Councillor James Griggs said: “Residents protests and a petition signed by over 1500 disgruntled Harlow residents may just have kicked ECC into action.

“The announcement of a timetable for pothole repairs in Harlow is to be welcomed but not without a heavy dose of scepticism.

“It was way back on 21st January this year that Harlow Council Leader Russell Perrin issued a late night press release announcing works were to start on First Ave immediately. We now learn that the ‘immediate’ work is scheduled to happen almost 4 months after its announcement!

“In that time the condition of First Ave and a multitude of other roads in Harlow have been subjected to significant further deterioration at great expense to drivers who have needed to replace damaged tyres and suspension parts on their vehicles.

“The timing is questionable, why have ECC refused to attend to this issue for so many years? They have suddenly found a conscience and decided to spend the money they have taken from us with year on year increases in council tax, anyone would think there’s an election imminent.

“The timetable they have announced means they can only be considering patching work, let’s hope it’s of a better standard than that which they recently undertook on Momples Road, that’s already breaking up!

“I, and all Harlow road users, eagerly await the proposed works but I’m definitely not going to hold my breath about the scale or quality of it”.

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