I dare you to risk your roller on Mersea, Mr Bass!

Essex County Standard: I dare you to risk your roller on Mersea, Mr Bass! I dare you to risk your roller on Mersea, Mr Bass!

A CLASSIC car enthusiast has challenged the man in charge of Essex’s roads to drive around Mersea Island...without damaging his Rolls Royce.

John Gradwell laid down the gauntlet for Rodney Bass after a pothole in Upland Road caused £880 damage to his car – and Essex County Council denied liability.

Retired teacher Mr Gradwell now says Rolls Royce owner Mr Bass, known for his love of classic cars, should drive through the pothole at 25mph.

He has also challenged him to drive around the island on a motorcycle at 25mph after midnight, when most of the street lights are turned off, to showhim how unsafe the roads are.

Mr Gradwell, 61, of Richmond Road, said: “The ball is in his court – £880 is a lot of money for anybody and I would like it back.

“The fact is, this very second someone could be injured on the road or, without being over the top, killed. Many road surface conditions in Essex force drivers to change speed and direction in an unpredictable and, quite frankly, potentially lethal manner to avoid the sort of surface damage I experienced at less than 30mph.

“There are very nasty holes in the local roads that allow speeds of up to 60mph."

See Thursday's Gazette for more

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4:57pm Thu 19 Jun 14

RetiredVal says...

Rodney Bass like Essex County Council does not care about Colchester and the surrounding areas so long as we pay our council tax and he gets his money.
Rodney Bass like Essex County Council does not care about Colchester and the surrounding areas so long as we pay our council tax and he gets his money. RetiredVal
  • Score: 31

5:27pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Route88 says...

RetiredVal wrote:
Rodney Bass like Essex County Council does not care about Colchester and the surrounding areas so long as we pay our council tax and he gets his money.
He may well take up this offer and claim mileage for doing it!
[quote][p][bold]RetiredVal[/bold] wrote: Rodney Bass like Essex County Council does not care about Colchester and the surrounding areas so long as we pay our council tax and he gets his money.[/p][/quote]He may well take up this offer and claim mileage for doing it! Route88
  • Score: 25

10:35pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Boris says...

Route88 wrote:
RetiredVal wrote:
Rodney Bass like Essex County Council does not care about Colchester and the surrounding areas so long as we pay our council tax and he gets his money.
He may well take up this offer and claim mileage for doing it!
Or he might get caught by the tide on the Strood and call out the emergency services to rescue him.
[quote][p][bold]Route88[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RetiredVal[/bold] wrote: Rodney Bass like Essex County Council does not care about Colchester and the surrounding areas so long as we pay our council tax and he gets his money.[/p][/quote]He may well take up this offer and claim mileage for doing it![/p][/quote]Or he might get caught by the tide on the Strood and call out the emergency services to rescue him. Boris
  • Score: 2

11:05pm Thu 19 Jun 14

hughie-s says...

Boris wrote:
Route88 wrote:
RetiredVal wrote:
Rodney Bass like Essex County Council does not care about Colchester and the surrounding areas so long as we pay our council tax and he gets his money.
He may well take up this offer and claim mileage for doing it!
Or he might get caught by the tide on the Strood and call out the emergency services to rescue him.
He won't need them, he walks on water doesn't he?
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Route88[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RetiredVal[/bold] wrote: Rodney Bass like Essex County Council does not care about Colchester and the surrounding areas so long as we pay our council tax and he gets his money.[/p][/quote]He may well take up this offer and claim mileage for doing it![/p][/quote]Or he might get caught by the tide on the Strood and call out the emergency services to rescue him.[/p][/quote]He won't need them, he walks on water doesn't he? hughie-s
  • Score: 6

11:11pm Thu 19 Jun 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

rollers can handle most of the tough stuff...futile argument.
rollers can handle most of the tough stuff...futile argument. TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: -4

12:12am Fri 20 Jun 14

Beswick89 says...

The potholes near seaview avenue caused £545 worth of damage to my car and its sat in my driving space since December, I can barely afford my bills and for something like this to happen even when I pay taxes and road tax, why do I pay taxes ?
The potholes near seaview avenue caused £545 worth of damage to my car and its sat in my driving space since December, I can barely afford my bills and for something like this to happen even when I pay taxes and road tax, why do I pay taxes ? Beswick89
  • Score: 7

10:29am Fri 20 Jun 14

Checkout says...

Why go all the way to Merseea Island? Drive through Shrub End on your way there and you'll end up with a pile of bolts and washers. That's if you even manage to successfully navigate the craters. Better still, try it after midnight
Why go all the way to Merseea Island? Drive through Shrub End on your way there and you'll end up with a pile of bolts and washers. That's if you even manage to successfully navigate the craters. Better still, try it after midnight Checkout
  • Score: 7

11:51am Fri 20 Jun 14

jut1972 says...

Mr Bass actually tried claiming for pothole damage to his own car! Until someone pointed out if he was better at his job he wouldn't have had to!

Between his mismanagement of highways and his contempt for the citizens of Colchester over the lights switch off he must be the most despised politician going.

Clegg must love him.
Mr Bass actually tried claiming for pothole damage to his own car! Until someone pointed out if he was better at his job he wouldn't have had to! Between his mismanagement of highways and his contempt for the citizens of Colchester over the lights switch off he must be the most despised politician going. Clegg must love him. jut1972
  • Score: 7

1:39pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Checkout says...

I'm not sure what it's got to do with Clegg jut1972. Mr Bass is a fully paid up Tory toff.
I'm not sure what it's got to do with Clegg jut1972. Mr Bass is a fully paid up Tory toff. Checkout
  • Score: 3

5:43pm Fri 20 Jun 14

YesIAm says...

Beswick89 wrote:
The potholes near seaview avenue caused £545 worth of damage to my car and its sat in my driving space since December, I can barely afford my bills and for something like this to happen even when I pay taxes and road tax, why do I pay taxes ?
You don't pay road tax
[quote][p][bold]Beswick89[/bold] wrote: The potholes near seaview avenue caused £545 worth of damage to my car and its sat in my driving space since December, I can barely afford my bills and for something like this to happen even when I pay taxes and road tax, why do I pay taxes ?[/p][/quote]You don't pay road tax YesIAm
  • Score: 2

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