Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Potholes - Paul Carter's slow response

Further to my posting on potholes I have received this letter from Kent County Council

As you are aware, following the coldest and wettest winter for many years the road network in Kent has suffered unprecedented damage. Record numbers of potholes have been reported to us since the beginning of the year. Kent Highway Services has fixed over 31,000 potholes since the start of the year, but there is still more we need to do.

From Monday 8 March we will be dedicating all available highway maintenance resources to fixing the potholes and carriageways. This will be on a ‘find and fix’ basis and means we will be able to get the potholes repaired as soon as possible. A schedule of works to be carried out will be published by district on the Kent County Council website.

While Kent Highway Services are concentrating on this issue, other non-urgent highway maintenance issues such as kerbing, footways and vegetation will be rescheduled to a later date. Safety critical incidents will continue to be attended to as a matter of urgency and this does not affect our maintenance focus on street lights and drainage.

In addition, Paul Carter (Leader of Kent County Council) has already announced that Kent County Council is to spend at least an extra £1million on fixing the potholes. Small and medium sized firms were invited to tender for this major piece of work and contracts will shortly be awarded with work starting from mid April.

Kent Highway Services will be working closely with parishes in your district and they have been encouraged to report any pothole related problems in their area.

I am disappointed it has taken Paul Carter so long to realise that there was a need for extra money and the promise to start work in April is disappointingly slow. Similarly the decision to prioritise resources has come late in the day. As a cyclist I especially find potholes a difficult challenge and have had extra flat tyres. I hear local garages have extra demand for suspension work too!

If you want to report any potholes call 08458 247 800
or email

1 comment:

  1. So, some potholes in 'Kent' (by that they always mean 'West Kent') will be fixed, and everything else will go to the sh1tter. Nice.