PROM­ISE OF ‘BLITZ’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives -

A KCC spokesman said: “We are one of the largest lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Eng­land, with over 5,000 miles of road net­work.

“Our low fig­ures for ‘suc­cess­ful’ claim fig­ures re­flect a low level of li­a­bil­ity be­cause of our im­proved fault re­port­ing and re­pairs.

“Coun­cils across the coun­try can­not be held li­able for a de­fect they are not aware of, as set out by govern­ment leg­is­la­tion.

“We may not be aware of a par­tic­u­lar pot­hole ei­ther be­cause it has not been re­ported or it has not been picked up dur­ing in­spec­tion and main­te­nance. We work hard to main­tain our roads to help pre­vent prob­lems and pot­holes in the fu­ture.

“Resur­fac­ing roads is an es­sen­tial part to main­tain­ing our 5,400-mile road net­work for longer and we sched­ule in planned work, where nec­es­sary, each year, usu­ally dur­ing warmer months.

“Our resur­fac­ing pro­gramme is pub­lished on Kent.gov and our pro­gramme is based on road con­di­tion data.

“This in­cludes reg­u­lar in­spec­tions, an­nual sur­veys us­ing spe­cial­ist equip­ment, and re­ports from coun­cil­lors, par­ish coun­cils, com­mu­nity groups and res­i­dents.

“Our in­spec­tors reg­u­larly check for de­fects but we en­cour­age peo­ple to help us iden­tify any prob­lems and re­port them via our cus­tomer friendly on­line re­port­ing tool at www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and­travel/re­port-a-prob­lem

“Once re­ported, pot­hole re­pairs are pri­ori­tised based on the risk to the road user – how­ever, all will be pro­grammed to be com­pleted within a month. The coun­cil is spend­ing an ad­di­tional £2.5 mil­lion on pot­hole re­pairs this year.

“The pot­hole blitz will see six lo­cal providers oper­at­ing in two dis­tricts, and each will ded­i­cate two pot­hole gangs per dis­trict to en­sure that work is very lo­cally re­spon­sive.”

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