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Response to MP's letter to KCC on potholes

29 March 2010

MP Derek Wyatt wrote to KCC earlier this month asking about road repairs after receiving complaints from constituents about poor quality, temporary repairs. He has now received the response below.

In addition to this KCC will receive almost £2.5m from central government to help with it's repair work, as outlined in the Budget.

Dear Derek

Pothole Repairs in Sittingbourne & Sheppey


Further to my letter of 5 March, I am now in a position to respond.

Kent Highway Services has been making temporary repairs to the hazardous potholes which have been identified. However, we are now dedicating all available highway maintenance resources to fixing the potholes and carriageways on a more permanent basis. 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.

Following the coldest and wettest winter for many years the road network in Kent has suffered unprecedented damage with record numbers of potholes reported since the beginning of the year. Kent Highway Services has fixed over 31,000 potholes since the start of the year, but there is much more that needs to be done.

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.

Paul Carter has already announced that Kent County Council is to spend at least an extra £1 million 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.

I hope this clarifies the situation for you.


Yours sincerely,

Peter Gilroy OBE
Chief Executive





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