£1m more to be spent on repairing potholes
ANOTHER £1 million is to be spent on repairing the county’s pot-holed roads and streets after damage caused by a prolonged winter spell said to be the worst in 30 years.
Kent County Council has agreed to invest more money after acknowledging the scale of the damage is far worse than originally anticipated.
The money will pay local firms contracted to carry out repairs on the county’s rural roads. Repairs on the county’s A and B routes are being carried out by its own Kent Highway Services crews.
KCC has spent £2 million from £2.44 million it was given by the government to help tackle the problem and has so far fixed 68,500 potholes – more than double the previous year’s number.
The authority’s ruling Conservative cabinet has decided it will provide £560,000 on top of the remaining £440,000 left from the government’s allocation. KCC leader Cllr Paul Carter said: We expect that by the end of July or early August they will have covered the whole road network.”
A list of the roads crews are tackling and have already completed is updated weekly at www.kent.gov.uk/potholes. Potholes can be reported on 0845 824 7800.