Cock Lane

 

PUBLIC MEETING - Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 8pm

 

Clavering Christian Centre, Stortford Road, Clavering, Essex

 

 

 

Invitees include Officers of Essex County Council, Environment Agency, Kemi Badenoch (MP), Essex Police and Fire Service, East of England Ambulance Service and members of the press

 

 

COCK LANE ROAD INFORMATION CLOSURE - road closed between Ponds Manor and its junction with Plantation Hill (on the sharp bend of the road to Langley). Please ensure that Essex County Council notices, barriers and signs are not moved or interfered with.

 

2nd October 2017 ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1)

 

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Cock LaneClavering. Please click on the following link https://roadworks.org?tm=182714 to find details of the intended closure of Cock Lane, due to commence on 29th September 2017 for 547 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes repairring of collapsed road.

19th September 2017 - CPC requested support from the Department of Transport

11th Septemebr 2017 - Freedom of Information requests received from ECC regarding Cock Lane

Freedom of Information request received regarding correspondence with the Enviroment Agency

 

 

 

 

 

Clavering Parish Council (CPC) continues to petition Essex County Council (ECC) and has the support of Cllr Ray Gooding. In addition CPC has aked for the support of Kemi Badenoch (MP for Saffron Walden) who has written to the Nicola Beach, Executive Diector, Infacstructure and Environment at ECC to ask for her comments.  

 

20th July 2017 Cllr Grundy, ECC Highways

"The erosion of the carriageway on Cock Lane has been caused by a fallen tree in the adjacent brook creating a dam. Based on the initial inspections the design of a remedial scheme is unfortunately not straight forward. At present a number of surveys and a design are due to be undertaken this year, with a likely construction date, subject to funding, commencing next year. Regrettably I am unable to confirm a specific date, however I trust the above information clarifies the current position."

 

  

13th February 2017 Cllr Ray Gooding attended the Clavering Parish Council Meeting. He told the meeting that surveyors have visited the site and the design process is underway for the Cock Lane repair. It is hoped the design will be produced in the next 4 – 5 weeks in time for allocating the budget. The repairs would be put out to tender via Ringwood Jacobs. Cllr Gooding also promised to chase the repairs to the pot holes on either side of the ford at Watery Stones.

 

13th September 2016 Response from Cllr Johnson "As advised in my acknowledgement email, I am pleased to confirm that the concrete bollards have now been placed on site. Furthermore, I can advise that the verges along Cock Lane and Watery Stones have been cut back, improving visibility for road users. Having attended the Mill Road barrier, our Highway Engineers have confirmed that the field entrance and driveway to Mr and Mrs Abrahams’s property is accessible from Cock Lane. I acknowledge your request to see amendments made to the diversion signage; however, all signage placed on the highway must adhere to The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002, which is a statutory document. In light of your comments I have requested that, during our Highway Engineers’ next site visit, they consider the positioning of the signage to determine whether there are any possible amendments which could be made to improve the situation. I also acknowledge your desire to see Cock Lane added to the Winter Gritting Network; however, there are specific criteria which need to be met in order for a road to be included in this programme, which Cock Lane does not meet. Should you wish to familiarise yourself with the criteria, please visit the Winter Travel pages of our website here. Your request for the addition of a salt bin could potentially be funded by the Local Highway Panel (LHP) and I would therefore suggest that you forward your request onto the local County Councillor, Cllr Ray Gooding (cllr.ray.gooding@essex.gov.uk), for consideration. In closing, I wish to thank you for contacting me in respect of this matter and trust that the above clarifies our position at this time."

 

 11th September 2016 – Follow up email sent to the Environment Agency

 

 30th August 2016 - Email sent to the Environment Agency asking for an inspection of the River Stort

31st August 2016 - Response received from Cllr Johnson. “Many thanks for your letter; the issues that you have raised will be investigated and a full response will be sent shortly.  I understand that the concrete barriers have been installed on Friday but I will ensure that this is confirmed in full”.

 30th August 2016 – Clavering Parish Council wrote to Cllr Johnson requesting that ECC: cut roadside verges along Cock Lane and Watery Stones so vehicles can see the dangerous edges; replace the water-filled barriers with concrete barriers; construct a soft barrier to allow Mr and Mrs Abrahams farming access into their field gateway; improve the signage as the current diversion signs are confusing; add the diversion route to the winter gritting route.

17th March 2016 - Unfortunately, the last email from the Essex Highways Rep. is not hopeful for a swift repair: ‘We have added approx. 200 litres of water into these barriers today and intend to add the same amount next week however, regrettably we could position concrete barriers and a tractor could easily move them. The Environment Agency have now inspected this area and have ascertained that the problem is caused by trees, which have then fallen into the river and disrupted the flow of the river causing it to erode the riverbank under the road. Therefore, it appears Essex County Council will have to foot the bill for what is likely to be a significant repair cost. The engineer has asked the structures team to begin the design process and ultimately this scheme will have to be paid for by Capital funds. This will be a lengthy process and at the present time there are no funds allocated to this therefore, the road will continue to remain closed for the foreseeable future.’
The Parish Council will continue to act in the best interests of parishioners and ask for updates from ECC on progress.

The Parish Council continue to do all they can to ensure that parishioners are kept safe and are pushing for the remedial works to be carried out as soon as possible. It will also monitor the road surface at Watery Stones to advise Highways of serious degradation. 13th March 2016 - Essex County Cllr Ray Gooding visited the site and is in direct contact with the Essex Cabinet Member with responsibility for Road Safety to move this repair forward.

February 2016 – Essex County Council (ECC) inspected the site and immediately closed the road due to dangerous erosion of the riverbank and verge. The signs and barriers sadly were being removed and not replaced. 25th February 2016 - Essex Highways Engineers visited the site and replaced the barriers and signs only to witness drivers then moving them. An Essex Highways Representative emailed the Parish Council to advise: ‘It’s clear now that the road closure will be in place for some months until the river bank is repaired. The Structures team expressed concerns about the amount of people moving the barriers aside and driving past the damaged riverbank. Therefore, I have arranged for much heavier, water filled, barriers to be erected at each end of the closure to prevent unauthorised vehicles driving past the dangerously eroded river bank’. Whilst on site The Parish Council representative also expressed concerns about diverting traffic through the Ford at Watery Stones and as such I have amended the diversion route to continue along to the westerly end of Cock Lane and back onto Pelham Road. This is a longer route but it avoids taking vehicles over the Ford.’