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Kent’s £5m pothole blitz to continue until Christmas in bid to prevent annual repair bills

PUBLISHED: 13:29 27 September 2017

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It has spent £2.7m so far this year and weather permitting will continue until the end of the year

Kent County Council says it is shelling out £5.2 million to fill potholes in our roads, before temperatures plunge.

The blitz began in April and will run up until December - assuming the weather remains good during October and November.

So far, the authority has splashed out £2.7m, filling the equivalent of 133,600 individual potholes on a road network of over 5,000 miles.

It has contracted the work out to local companies in the districts to ensure quicker response times to reports of problems.

KCC cabinet member for highways Matthew Balfour said: “Potholes are one of the biggest bugbears for our residents and remain one of our top priorities each year.

“We’ve got local crews working on filling potholes who know their areas and this year we’ve extended the scheme up until Christmas to ensure our roads are ready for the winter months ahead.”

Last year, KCC repaired 20,673 potholes and patched 136,633m2 of roads.

Mr Balfour added: “People often assume these are quick and temporary fixes but I can assure you these are not. We do a quality, first time fix, and do not expect to be back out again fixing the same pothole.

“All this work isn’t to suggest we don’t need people’s help in reporting potholes. We can’t be everywhere all the time and so I’d encourage people to go online and report potholes so we can arrange for them to be filled.”

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