Following the surface water flooding at Canvey Island during July 2014, the Castle Point Council Scrutiny Committee held a series of meetings.
The meetings were held in public and residents were given time to make known their experiences.
The scrutiny committee heard from the various agencies charged with preventing and responding to flood events in the county.
Essex County Council Highways attended the meeting held on the 21st October 2014.
The Highways representative was refreshingly open and honest when he held his hands up, apologised for the lack of maintenance carried out on the main highway gullies and promised that a new regime would be implemented, allowing cleansing to be carried out on a regular basis.
The weather patterns of late, whether caused by climate change or not, has led to more frequent spells of rainy weather. That Essex County Council Highways have not kept to their word regarding maintenance is disappointing.
The photograph above followed a typical rainy spell in June 2016. Let’s hope it is not too many months before our local councillors remind ECC Highways of their responsibility following the public promises made to the CPBC scrutiny committee!
The scrutiny report into the flooding of 2014 remains un-published.