Progress has been made on repairing unsafe roads and addressing flooding concerns in Saffron Walden.

Cllr Paul Gadd of Residents for Uttlesford (R4U),  who represents Saffron Walden division on Essex County Council, has been chasing the repairs.

The High Street pavement in Saffron Walden has now been partially resurfaced, and safety signage has been installed at the Quicksett Road in Elmdon, which is described as an 'accident blackspot'.

Cllr Gadd said: "I’m relieved that Essex Highways has now repaired the worst trip hazards on the High Street pavements. We have been chasing for these repairs for a considerable period.

"We had asked for Essex Highways to install blocks of tarmac where each tree was causing damage so there would be a reasonably attractive scheme, instead of the patchwork pattern we now have, but at least it’s now safe.

"At the same time, the safety scheme at the Quicksett Rd, Elmdon crossroads, which I requested almost two years ago, is now installed, with clear signage and road markings.

"Hopefully this will put an end to the rash of accidents we have seen there over the last 15 months."

Work has also begun to patch potholes in Debden Road and Mount Pleasant Road, while Cllr Gadd is nominating potholes to be repaired as part of Essex Highways' 'councillor-led pothole scheme'.

Residents are asked to nominate the potholes they would like to see repaired by emailing

Meanwhile, work is taking place to repair the drains on South Road.

Cllr Gadd said: "I have been only too aware of the misery suffered by residents of South Road with the regular flooding near the old railway bridge.


"In February of this year, Essex Highways excavated the drain and discovered that the blockage in the drain had been caused by BT Openreach laying a cable duct through the drain pipe.

"After months of chasing by Essex Highways, BT Openreach have now started work to move their cable duct."

Essex Highways employees will then be able to assess the state of the drain and make repairs, although they may be delayed as they will be busy driving gritting lorries.