October 8th, 2013 |
BREAKING NEWS : Beeches Road / Watery Lane Closure Put Back Till Next July
Earlier today I was in a meeting with Cllr Bass, Cllr Hoy and Paul Bird regarding the commencement of the works to Beeches Bridge in Beeches Road and Watery Lane. A sub contract order has been placed on Jackson’s Ltd for them to commence on site on the 14th October 2013 with a estimated completion date of just before Christmas 2013.
Cllr Hoy is very concerned about the affect this work will have on school children trying to gain access to the local secondary school which is located close to the diversion route due to the higher volume of traffic that will be using this route. He is especially concerned that the children will be undertaking exams in November and will miss the start of the morning exams. The other concern was to do with the downturn in trade the closure will cause.
Councillor Bass has therefore instructed that the scheme is postponed until the beginning of July 2014.
The road closure signs will be taken down and replaced with signs stating that the scheme has been postponed until July 2014. Also on Thursday we will be leafleting the local residencies again informing them of the scheme postponement…
…Once Beeches Bridge has been strengthened the weight restriction will be removed and immediately placed on Hannover Bridge which carries Watery Lane and is located near the Hullbridge junction; this should stop HGV’s continuing to use Beeches Rd/Watery Lane as a rat run.
So one road closure is delayed until next summer, and the other is cancelled. Credit to Cllr Michael Hoy for a very effective intervention – and to the much-maligned Cllr Rodney Bass for listening and responding.