Be Patient over Potholes!

Kent County Council say they've already fixed 80,000 potholes in the county but that people need to be patient.

Kent's road repair crews have fixed 80,400 potholes since the start of the year - almost double the number in the same period last year.

Heart's been told they're concentrating on village through routes and school runs now but residents are being asked to be patient.

Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste Nick Chard said:

“We know that the quality of roads affects everyone who lives and works in Kent and the thousands of businesses based in the county. Fixing the potholes in Kent’s road network remains a top priority.

“We have taken on small and medium-sized specialised tarmac firms to repair minor roads on a ‘find and fix’ basis, filling all the holes they encounter on whole stretches of road and resurfacing sections that are badly damaged.

“These firms have been told to prioritise through routes and school runs, and the worst roads are being tackled first. This, of course, takes time – so we are asking people to be patient because there will be some roads that they won’t get to for another month or so.”

So far Kent County Council has released an extra £3 million – made up from £2.44 million it was given in the March 2010 government budget and £0.56 million from KCC’s own funds – to tackle potholes that followed the worst winter for nearly 30 years.