Council has duty of care to keep roads safe

Council has duty of care to keep roads safe

Council has duty of care to keep roads safe

First published in Your Views

It is well understood that potholes are a major factor in causing vehicle axle and suspension failure and count for a third of mechanical issues on our roads, to local road users.

So I suspend belief that London Borough of Waltham Forest has not acted swiftly on road safety maintenance in Billet Road E17, where there are nasty potholes, between the post office and Walthamstow Academy: one of our busiest traffic highways in the borough.

Unattended potholes have caused road safety havoc to all road vehicles, including motorbikes, mopeds and cycles and clearly there is a local authority duty of care to make local highways safe, under the Highways Act 1980.

I contend that given that LBWF has allocated £300,000 including £83,000 from reserves on roads and carriageways, main dangerous potholes are still being neglected and until permanently repaired are causing potential road vehicle wear and tear and remain capable of minor to 'whip-lash' injuries to all road users.

In the Billet Road that links the M11 traffic to Walthamstow, City and Hackney, there must also be new attention to the faded markings on the important pedestrian crossing at the Sinnott Rd junction.

This new latest Billet Road pedestrian crossing was installed, as a direct result of our local residents petition in 2009, to help our elderly,infirm and parents/pupils daily school journeys and used by patients to the busy Sinnott Road GP Health Practice Surgery. Our local pedestrians and daily road users demand the highest standard of road care and safety provision by our local council.

Patrick C Smith, Higham Hill Liberal Democrat Focus


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