Sandpit Lane junction - time for action

24 Jul 2007
Cllr David Kendall & Cllr Barry Aspinell at Sandpit Lane
Cllrs David Kendall & Barry Aspinell at Sandpit Lane

The three Liberal Democrat councillors in Pilgrims Hatch are calling on Essex County Council and Brentwood Borough Council to take urgent action to improve the Sandpit Lane junction with the Ongar Road which is one of the worst accident black spots in the Borough.

Cllr David Kendall, Lib Dem Group Leader recently asked Council officers what action was being taken to improve the junction. He was told that there was no funding currently available from Essex County Council, it was unlikely any would be available for the foreseeable future and there was little that could be done to improve the situation in the short term.

Cllr Kendall said:

" Essex County Council needs to get its priorities right and allocate the resources needed to improve this dangerous junction. They can find £1 million pounds for sculptures to celebrate the Olympics coming to Essex but can't find the money to sort out this junction. It is ironic that Sandpit Lane provides one of the access points to Weald Country Park, so I can't believe are we going to have to wait for the Olympics to arrive on our doorstep before something is actually done. Further delay will only increase the likelihood of more accidents and the potential loss of life.

"Action is needed now."