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Sheppey taxi driver Neil McLennan wants potholes fixed right first time

01 March 2014
by Lewis Dyson

Two weeks ago, the Times Guardian teamed up with fed-up taxi drivers Neil McLennan and Tony Stevens to launch Repair Our Awful Roads (ROAR).

Last week, 12 streets with potholes were reported to Kent Highways, including five which were reported to us by Islanders who sent photos to the campaign’s email address.

Neil McLennan is working with the Sheerness Times Guardian on the Repair Our Awful Roads campaign

Neil McLennan is working with the Sheerness Times Guardian on the Repair Our Awful Roads campaign

Damage to surfaces in Adelaide Gardens, Halfway, and Victoria Road, Sheerness, have been passed on to Kent Highways by ROAR.

Mr McLennan said: “There are lots of holes that are getting filled but as soon as they’re repaired there are new ones appearing, which really isn’t helping.

“There’s a big one on the junction of Millennium Way and High Street [Sheerness], which was on the front page a few weeks ago and that still hasn’t been done.”

He said repairs to a pothole near Kwik Fit in Railway Road, Sheerness, last week did not last and had to be done again by workmen.

The 42-year-old said: “It’s important to get repairs done right first time.

“The council have assured me that if it isn’t done right first time, the contractors are not paid to do it again, so we’ve got to take them at face value for that.”

Mr McLennan said he was planning to meet the Kent Highways Swale district manager, Alan Blackburn, in the new financial year to discuss roads he thinks are most in need of attention.

This week, a reader raised concerns about a drainage issue along Leysdown Road near Jenkins Hill.

She said the drains there often became blocked with straw and hay falling from farming vehicles which prevented water from draining away.

She said there was also a pothole which had opened up on the road.


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