Traffic Chaos Adds To Economic Destruction For Our District

Rayleigh High Street

Our local economy is surely suffering from the devastating effects of the unprecedented congestion on our roads?

Traders are already struggling in ever-increasing tough trading conditions and at what is traditionally a ‘slow’ time of year, I have heard several reports of businesses really struggling to keep their heads above water. Shoppers are avoiding our High Streets, service providers are struggling to meet deadlines due to additional time in traffic and the leisure industry is suffering from a downturn in visitor numbers.

How much longer can they be expected to put up with this? Our Council seeks to promote the area for tourism and to develop further economic investment but it has everything against it at the moment. It’s time for a conversation with Essex County Council and to challenge their view that our infrastructure can cope. It simply can’t! Ten-minute journeys turn into hours and residents, traders, commuters; they’ve had enough.

This congestion caused by unchallenged, Conservative chaos can not be allowed to continue.

I’d urge you to contact Cllr Kevin Bentley at Essex County Council and let him know that enough is enough. Details of how to contact him are in the link.

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James Newport

Essex County Councillor for Rayleigh North, Rochford District Councillor for Downhall & Rawreth and Rayleigh Town Councillor for Sweyne.

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