Driver’s anger af­ter pot­hole wrecks wheel

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­

A MO­TORIST’S wheel was punc­tured and dam­aged be­yond re­pair af­ter she hit a pot­hole in a vil­lage blighted by un­re­paired roads.

Peo­ple liv­ing in Sha­dox­hurst reckon some roads there are among the most pot­holed in the county.

Wood­church Road was first high­lighted as suf­fer­ing far more than its fair share of pot­holes.

The lat­est dam­age vic­tim is He­lena Bal­dock from High Halden. At about 8.30pm last Wed­nes­day she was driv­ing at 40mph along Pluren­den Road, just off Wood­church Road.

She said: “It was pitch black, I was in the mid­dle of nowhere and I sud­denly felt a bump and heard air be­ing re­leased.”

She called her fa­ther to help change the wheel and the fol­low­ing day re­turned to mea­sure the pot­hole, which she said was 37in by 15in and 5in deep.

Mean­while, there has been a claim that Church Lane, Sha­dox­hurst has more pot­holes than Wood­church Road. And an un­of­fi­cial road sign has ap­peared there warn­ing mo­torists.

Kent High­way Ser­vices (KHS) says an ex­tra 10 crews are work­ing to re­duce pot­holes, bring­ing the coun­ty­wide to­tal to 66 crews. Three times more crews are re­quired this year than last be­cause of this win­ter’s big freeze. Road chiefs are again ask­ing mo­torists and res­i­dents to be pa­tient.

In a let­ter to county coun­cil­lors KHS in­terim di­rec­tor Caro­line Bruce said: “Pot­holes are still form­ing and, while we are re­pair­ing them, the re­pairs will not al­ways last so we will fol­low up with a more per­ma­nent re­pair where nec­es­sary when the weather gets warmer.

“The prob­lem of pot­holes is some­thing that is af­fect­ing ev­ery lo­cal au­thor­ity across the coun­try, and is go­ing to take time and money to re­solve.”

The county coun­cil is to spend an ad­di­tional £15.9 mil­lion on high­ways main­te­nance dur­ing the com­ing year.

The un­of­fi­cial warn­ing sign in Church Lane, Sha­dox­hurst

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