Eleanor Laing Hears Buckhurst Hill Resident's Road Concerns

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing is taking up the case of a group of Buckhurst Hill residents who are calling for action to end years of problems with the road outside their homes.

Residents of Loughton Way say they have endured a range of issues, including vibrations felt inside their homes because of the state of the road outside.

They say the situation has worsened over the years, and they put the problem down to the poor state of the road surface with potholes and ridges.

The residents claim the vibrations are now causing cracks in their walls and ceilings.  Concern has also been voiced about the speed of traffic using Loughton Way.

Dominic Harris, one of the residents - who presented the 93-name petition to Mrs Laing at Buckhurst Way on Friday - said: "The residents require the road structure in Loughton Way to be given a complete overhaul and traffic calming measures put in place.

"These will be cost effective for the county council as it will reduce the damage to the houses and the road structure.

"Kings Avenue and Pudding Lane have had measures put in place and their roads are not used as frequently as Loughton Way.

"If the district council intends to open a retail park at Debden then some money should be spent on the road infrastructure."

Mrs Laing, who visited the road with local Conservative county councillor Valerie Metcalfe - who is also taking up the case with highways officials at Essex County Council - said: "I'm really worried about the situation in Loughton Way. It's very obvious that speeding traffic is causing a real danger.

"While standing on the pavement I could feel the very strong vibrations every time a bus went passed.

"I'm not surprised that the residents are concerned about damage to the foundations of their houses.

“There have been several accidents caused by drivers losing control of their cars on the bend of the road and there is a real danger that the next accident could be really serious.

"I will try to persuade Essex County Council that action needs to be taken now."

Eleanor Laing MP receives a petition concerning the state of the road in Loughton Way from local resident Dominic Harris

Picture: Eleanor Laing MP receives a petition concerning the state of the road in Loughton Way from local resident Dominic Harris