Driver’s anger after pothole wrecks wheel
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