Pot­holes re­paired just last year open­ing up and pos­ing dan­ger Flood dam­age to roads will cost mil­lions to put right

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Council Tax Special -

The cost of re­pair­ing Kent’s flood­dam­aged roads will run into mil­lions of pounds, ac­cord­ing to the politi­cian in charge of the county’s road net­work.

Cllr David Bra­zier (Con), Kent County Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for high­ways, said the gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment of a £6.7 mil­lion grant to coun­cils to help with a flood­ing clear-up was sig­nif­i­cantly be­low what was needed.

The flood­ing has caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to many roads, with pot­holes that were re­paired only last year reap­pear­ing.


He said: “That is not go­ing to touch the cost of the re­pairs that are needed.

“It is a to­ken ges­ture. We are on a hiding to noth­ing.”

The pro­por­tion KCC would se­cure from the money be­ing of­fered would be in­ad­e­quate, he added.

KCC is as­sess­ing how much ad­di­tional work will be needed fol­low­ing the floods, but Mr Bra­zier said it would run into mil­lions of pounds.

On top of that, a cold win­ter spell risked more dam­age and could add even more to the re­pair bill fac­ing Kent, he said, adding that re­pairs are be­ing done on a find-and-fix ba­sis and, de­spite the weather, any re­ports of dam­age were be­ing dealt with within 14 days.

The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion has fore­cast an ex­tra £400 mil­lion will be needed to fix all roads and wants an emer­gency fund to be set up.

An­nounc­ing the £7.5 mil­lion fund, the flood re­cov­ery min­is­ter Bran­don Lewis said the gov­ern­ment was fully fo­cused on help­ing those af­fected get back on their feet.

But he warned coun­cils: “It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of au­thor­i­ties to man­age their high­way as­sets and to en­sure that they have ap­pro­pri­ate con­tin­gen­cies in place to deal with any se­vere weather that may oc­cur from time to time.

“We are now look­ing at other ways to pro­vide fur­ther sup­port to af­fected ar­eas, and ex­pect to an­nounce this shortly.”

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The cost of re­pair­ing the county’s dam­aged roads is ex­pected to run into mil­lions of pounds

County coun­cil­lor David Bra­zier

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