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Minster resident John Freeman calls for repairs to The Broadway

By Lewis Dyson
John Freeman is highlighting the poor state of The Broadway which is full of potholes
John Freeman is highlighting the poor state of The Broadway which is full of potholes

A Minster resident is calling on Kent County Council to sort out the crumbling surface of one of the Island’s busiest roads.

John Freeman says The Broadway, which is littered with potholes, needs to be repaired as soon as possible.

The 58-year-old said: “The Broadway must be the worst road on the Island.

“It is a main artery because we do get a lot of traffic along there.”

Resurfacing was completed at the roundabout on the junction with Minster Road between March 8 and 12.

Mr Freeman believes the work did not go far enough and received letters saying the section up to Shurland Avenue would be included.

He said: “For some reason, I can’t see why, they stopped. You can see it is something that wants sorting out. It just seems KCC are leaving this road.”

Mr Freeman said drainage is also an issue outside his home.

During the winter, the road flooded to the front gate, which meant his partner, Janet Harrison, 62, who has deep vein thrombosis, had difficulty leaving by a side door. It also caused vehicles turning out of his road to mount the kerb as drivers could not see where the pavement started.

Cllr Adrian Crowther (UKIP) said he has received a number of complaints about the stretch of road. He said: “I keep nagging [Kent Highways] about this and I will keep nagging them.

“But at the end of the day it is in the context of the very large county of Kent and there are a very large number of roads that need to be repaired.”

He added that he had heard the resurfacing carried out in March would extend further and he will ask why it did not.

A Kent Highways spokesman revealed there are no immediate plans for The Broadway but that teams are investigating.

He said: “They want to determine the condition of the road.

“We do not have any timescale of when we are going to be carrying out [the work], but we are looking into it.”

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