£1m more to be spent on re­pair­ing pot­holes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.

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