Labour aghast at road damage payouts – and promise to work for better roads in future

When it was revealed recently that Southend-on-Sea Borough Council had paid out over £300,000 in compensation because of defects with its poorly maintained roads, Reg Copley (Labour’s spokesperson for St Laurence ward) was aghast.

When it was revealed recently that Southend-on-Sea Borough Council had paid out over £300,000 in compensation because of defects with its poorly maintained roads, Reg Copley (Labour’s spokesperson for St Laurence ward) was aghast.

 

This large amount was paid out during the last five full years of the previous Conservative administration.

 

“This compensation, presumably paid out to recompense for the damage to vehicles caused by Tory neglect of our roads, is money that ultimately comes from the pockets of tax-payers,” says Reg. “One wonders what else this money could have been used for” he added.

 

“I suspect that this only reflects the most serious cases – one can imagine many not bothering to claim. As it is it amounts to more than £1000 per week on average, every week of the year.”

 

Labour’s spokesperson for Transport, Public Protection and Waste, Councillor Julian Ware-Lane, has frequently highlighted the poor state of Southend’s roads, a real nuisance for motorists, cyclist, and pedestrians.

 

Julian said: “This is more financial waste from a Conservative-controlled council at a time when budgets are under pressure. I will work with the new administration to promote the needs of road users.”

 Reg Copley & Cllr Julian Ware-Lane

Reg Copley (left) with Cllr Julian Ware-Lane

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