Brentwood's footpaths suffer from Tory neglect

December 18, 2012 4:31 PM
Brentwood Councillors were shocked to uncover the fact that Brentwood is ninth on the list of footpath resurfacing since 2010.
David KendallWhilst Braintree has had over 33,000 metres of resurfacing, Brentwood has had just over 4,000 and trails Uttlesford, Harlow and Epping.
Ranking City/Borough/District Council Number of metres of resurfacing
1 Braintree 33,020
2 Chelmsford 23,313
3 Colchester 15,850
4 Basildon 14,791
5 Tendring 10,500
6 Epping 8,800
7 Harlow 8,480
8 Uttlesford 7,435
9 Brentwood 4,120
10 Castle Point 3,685
11 Rochford 3,080
12 Maldon 2,350
Commenting on these figures Lib Dem County Councillor for the Brentwood South Division David Kendall said:
"These shocking figures show once again how Tory controlled Essex County Council is short changing the residents of Brentwood.
"We have footpaths across the Borough that are in urgent need of resurfacing to make them safe but the County keep saying they don't have the money to do them. 74% of council tax that Brentwood residents pay goes to the County Council and this is yet another example of how our area isn't getting a fair deal from the Conservatives compared with other Boroughs and Districts.
"County Cllr Barry Aspinell and I will keep raising this point at every opportunity and will fight hard to get Brentwood the funding it needs and deserves".