Crunch meeting over Sadlers Farm delays

A CRISIS meeting will be held by council bosses and contractors over the Sadlers Farm roadworks.

The meeting will take place on Monday after Essex County Council admitted it had missed another deadline for the completion of the £63million project.

The two-year roadworks were designed to remodel the notorious Benfleet junction and improve journey times in south Essex.

But they were originally supposed to finish in the spring and then by yesterday, but both deadlines have passed and there are still no guarantees the work will be finished by the time the Olympic mountain bike event takes place at Hadleigh Farm, on August 11 and 12.

In an exclusive interview with the Echo, Derek Louis, county councillor responsible for highways, said the meeting between senior council staff and those from contractors Birse Civils would address concerns over how the project has been handled.

Mr Louis said: “The priority is to get the roadworks finished as quickly as possible, but obviously we will be looking at the issues which have caused this delay.

“We recognise there have been problems with the management of the scheme, and will be having a meeting to discuss this.

“I hope to be able to give more details about what there is left to be completed and when it will be done by after this meeting. This is a hugely complex project and we are very disappointed not to be able to finish it on time.”

Mr Louis said the council was unable to provide a reason for the delay and a new deadline for the project until after the meeting.

He is also in negotiations with Olympic bosses, who had originally requested the project was finished by June at the latest.

Mr Louis said: “We hope to be able to have the scheme finished prior to the Olympics, but the majority is operational and we are not anticipating trafiic flow problems.”

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10:33am Fri 29 Jun 12

wickman says...

WE HAVE A RIGHT TO NO WHEN THIS IS GOING TO BE FINISHED AS WE ARE PAYING FOR **** UP YET AGAIN
WE HAVE A RIGHT TO NO WHEN THIS IS GOING TO BE FINISHED AS WE ARE PAYING FOR **** UP YET AGAIN wickman

11:20am Fri 29 Jun 12

streetboy75 says...

they will be having a meeting for a meeting to have another F ING meeting, stop having a meeting get people out there day and night to get it finished once and for all
they will be having a meeting for a meeting to have another F ING meeting, stop having a meeting get people out there day and night to get it finished once and for all streetboy75

12:01pm Fri 29 Jun 12

Ian P says...

"Mr Louis said: “The priority is to get the roadworks finished as quickly as possible, but obviously we will be looking at the issues which have caused this delay". Look no further than total incompetence on both sides.
"Mr Louis said: “The priority is to get the roadworks finished as quickly as possible, but obviously we will be looking at the issues which have caused this delay". Look no further than total incompetence on both sides. Ian P

12:16pm Fri 29 Jun 12

perini says...

Ian P wrote:
"Mr Louis said: “The priority is to get the roadworks finished as quickly as possible, but obviously we will be looking at the issues which have caused this delay". Look no further than total incompetence on both sides.
Harsh but fair!
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: "Mr Louis said: “The priority is to get the roadworks finished as quickly as possible, but obviously we will be looking at the issues which have caused this delay". Look no further than total incompetence on both sides.[/p][/quote]Harsh but fair! perini

12:24pm Fri 29 Jun 12

SUFC1906 says...

"The priority is to get the roadworks finished as quickly as possible". Translation: As long as the Olympic VIP Zil lane is Ok the rest of the work is irrelevant.
"The priority is to get the roadworks finished as quickly as possible". Translation: As long as the Olympic VIP Zil lane is Ok the rest of the work is irrelevant. SUFC1906

12:29pm Fri 29 Jun 12

anon anon says...

wickman wrote:
WE HAVE A RIGHT TO NO WHEN THIS IS GOING TO BE FINISHED AS WE ARE PAYING FOR **** UP YET AGAIN
'NO' ?
[quote][p][bold]wickman[/bold] wrote: WE HAVE A RIGHT TO NO WHEN THIS IS GOING TO BE FINISHED AS WE ARE PAYING FOR **** UP YET AGAIN[/p][/quote]'NO' ? anon anon

12:35pm Fri 29 Jun 12

John T Pharro says...

perini wrote:
Ian P wrote:
"Mr Louis said: “The priority is to get the roadworks finished as quickly as possible, but obviously we will be looking at the issues which have caused this delay". Look no further than total incompetence on both sides.
Harsh but fair!
With all the aggravation caused to so many people I think Ian P is being positively mild.
Has anyone thought about all the additional problems that the people in Bowers Gifford have had to put up with any any funeral taking place. The roads are full of mud and the pavements from Bowers Gifford to Pitsea have been inches deep in mud.
Beyond doubt this us the worse road works ever.
Months back someone wrote they should make a film of this to show how not to run road works.
How very true and that was before the debacle Wednesday.
Shame on the Council and the contractors.
Hopefully this Birse lot never ever get another government contract.
[quote][p][bold]perini[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: "Mr Louis said: “The priority is to get the roadworks finished as quickly as possible, but obviously we will be looking at the issues which have caused this delay". Look no further than total incompetence on both sides.[/p][/quote]Harsh but fair![/p][/quote]With all the aggravation caused to so many people I think Ian P is being positively mild. Has anyone thought about all the additional problems that the people in Bowers Gifford have had to put up with any any funeral taking place. The roads are full of mud and the pavements from Bowers Gifford to Pitsea have been inches deep in mud. Beyond doubt this us the worse road works ever. Months back someone wrote they should make a film of this to show how not to run road works. How very true and that was before the debacle Wednesday. Shame on the Council and the contractors. Hopefully this Birse lot never ever get another government contract. John T Pharro

12:44pm Fri 29 Jun 12

fletch12107 says...

Who on the council was responsible for following and ensuring progress was on time with this project? Who needs to lose his/her job as they have failed? Same old story, its public money so no need to worry theres plenty more in the pot and if the pot runs low just put up taxes to replenish it.
Who on the council was responsible for following and ensuring progress was on time with this project? Who needs to lose his/her job as they have failed? Same old story, its public money so no need to worry theres plenty more in the pot and if the pot runs low just put up taxes to replenish it. fletch12107

2:34pm Fri 29 Jun 12

Galaxy266 says...

I came back from Harwich yesterday evening and, in doing so, travelled on the A130, heading Southwards towards Sadlers Farm. I have to say I don't use this approach to SF very often.

From what I observed from the state of the building site that's still there I would think they still have several months of work still to do. In no way can I see this project being anywhere finished by the time of the Olympics. I would give a more realistic complation date as being the end of this calendar year, or, even the beginning of 2013.

Oh, and needless to say, I didn't see anyone at all working on the job! You very rarely do.
I came back from Harwich yesterday evening and, in doing so, travelled on the A130, heading Southwards towards Sadlers Farm. I have to say I don't use this approach to SF very often. From what I observed from the state of the building site that's still there I would think they still have several months of work still to do. In no way can I see this project being anywhere finished by the time of the Olympics. I would give a more realistic complation date as being the end of this calendar year, or, even the beginning of 2013. Oh, and needless to say, I didn't see anyone at all working on the job! You very rarely do. Galaxy266

4:24pm Fri 29 Jun 12

jolllyboy says...

If not finished before Olympics it would be disgraceful.
If not finished before Olympics it would be disgraceful. jolllyboy

5:03pm Fri 29 Jun 12

Last Poster says...

I came down the A130 too, and I think it is nearly finished. Plus, on the near side, the feeder for the roundabout is seriously moving forward at a great rate of knots, plenty of men Highly visible and hard at it. It must depend on what time you come through. Mind you, the queue backing from Tarpots did not appear to back up much further than the magic roundabout, so what more can you wish for?
I came down the A130 too, and I think it is nearly finished. Plus, on the near side, the feeder for the roundabout is seriously moving forward at a great rate of knots, plenty of men Highly visible and hard at it. It must depend on what time you come through. Mind you, the queue backing from Tarpots did not appear to back up much further than the magic roundabout, so what more can you wish for? Last Poster

5:38pm Fri 29 Jun 12

rob1806 says...

Isn't it funny, we have for years sat in queues of traffic from the five bells to sadlers farm, and now they say, "we need it finished for the Olympics" we need it finished for US th tax payer who gets grrrr, very angry sitting in a traffic hold ups!!!.
Isn't it funny, we have for years sat in queues of traffic from the five bells to sadlers farm, and now they say, "we need it finished for the Olympics" we need it finished for US th tax payer who gets grrrr, very angry sitting in a traffic hold ups!!!. rob1806

6:05pm Fri 29 Jun 12

John T Pharro says...

Last Poster wrote:
I came down the A130 too, and I think it is nearly finished. Plus, on the near side, the feeder for the roundabout is seriously moving forward at a great rate of knots, plenty of men Highly visible and hard at it. It must depend on what time you come through. Mind you, the queue backing from Tarpots did not appear to back up much further than the magic roundabout, so what more can you wish for?
Hope that the back up from Tarpots doesn't reach the roundabout because if it does we are back to square one.
Plus remember what the real reason is for the A13 to A130 prority underpass is really about carrying the lorries north when the new port at Corringham opens.
Does anyone really believe all this was for easing traffic at Tarpots?
If that was the case a flyover onto Canvey from the A13 and dualing Canvey Way would have made far more sense.
[quote][p][bold]Last Poster[/bold] wrote: I came down the A130 too, and I think it is nearly finished. Plus, on the near side, the feeder for the roundabout is seriously moving forward at a great rate of knots, plenty of men Highly visible and hard at it. It must depend on what time you come through. Mind you, the queue backing from Tarpots did not appear to back up much further than the magic roundabout, so what more can you wish for?[/p][/quote]Hope that the back up from Tarpots doesn't reach the roundabout because if it does we are back to square one. Plus remember what the real reason is for the A13 to A130 prority underpass is really about carrying the lorries north when the new port at Corringham opens. Does anyone really believe all this was for easing traffic at Tarpots? If that was the case a flyover onto Canvey from the A13 and dualing Canvey Way would have made far more sense. John T Pharro

9:51am Sat 30 Jun 12

caroljb says...

Everyone talks about Weds night, but Thursday at 8pm, the cars queuing at the new Tarpots lights, stretched right back onto SF, causing absolute mayhem on the roundabout and approach roads.
WHY did this happen this late at night???
Everyone talks about Weds night, but Thursday at 8pm, the cars queuing at the new Tarpots lights, stretched right back onto SF, causing absolute mayhem on the roundabout and approach roads. WHY did this happen this late at night??? caroljb

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