Brentwood: Someone will die at road blackspot, say councillors

A pedestrian will be killed – that is the bleak warning from two councillors after a crash at an accident blackspot.

It came after what was described as a “near-fatal crash” at the junction of Pondfield Lane with Haning Hill Lane at about 7.30pm on Sunday, which involved two cars.

Labour ward councillors Mike Le-Surf and Julie Morrissey were called to the scene by a concerned resident.

Cllr Le-Surf said: “Essex County Council is gambling with people’s lives. They know this is a dangerous area with a high rate of traffic accidents. It is only as matter of time before there is a preventable fatality on this bend. I have demanded action from this complacent council immediately.”

Cllr Morrissey said: “What are our county councillors doing to make this area safe? This stretch of road needs a new anti-skid surface and traffic calming measures and all the county council has done is some minor maintenance.”

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Cllr Le-Surf has written to the chairman of the Highways Panel at Brentwood Council, Keith Parker, to ask him to address this issue with the county council.

An Essex County Council spokesman said its Highways Service is “aware of the concerns on this stretch of highway”.

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The road has been earmarked for surface-dressing treatment on the bends that encompass Pondfield Lane and Hanging Hill Lane.

“This work is due to be carried out at the end of this month, he said.

Speaking about Sunday’s accident, he added: “The county council is in contact with Essex Police to determine the circumstances of the collision and establish whether any additional measures should be considered.”

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