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Sheerness Times Guardian asks readers to back our Repair Our Awful Roads campaign

14 February 2014
by Lewis Dyson

We have joined forces with taxi driver Neil McLennan to launch the ROAR (Repair Our Awful Roads) Sheppey campaign.

Islanders are being asked to take pictures of the worst potholes and damaged surfaces in their areas and we will pass them on to Kent Highways.

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

As part of the campaign, we will be chasing for proper repairs and not temporary patch-ups – and we will also be pressing for the facts and figures to make sure Sheppey is getting its fair share.

Mr McLennan, from Warden Bay, estimates he has spent almost £500 on repairs to his taxi in the past two years because of road faults.

He said: “We all pay council tax and we all pay road tax and fuel duty, so we’ve got all this money that is going to this pot and I’m not sure where it’s really going.”

Mr McLennan and fellow taxi driver Tony Stevens were fed up with continually having to fork out, so they decided to set up a Facebook page to bring attention to the issue.

Since 42-year-old Mr McLennan launched the page, he has been in discussions with Kent Highways’ Swale district manager Alan Blackburn.

A pothole in Sheerness High Street

A pothole in Sheerness High Street

From that meeting he was told Sheppey will benefit from part of a £200,000 pot which will be spent on repairs across Kent between now and April.

He was also assured that work on The Broadway, Minster, will be one of the first projects of the new financial year.

He said: “It needs to be done properly and the repairs are going to be done under the surface as well, which is fantastic because it will last longer.

“I think we are going in the right direction. It’s not that it’s too little too late, it’s a shame that it’s taken a lot of shouting rather than people being proactive.

“There’s still work to be done, and I think a lot of the problem is to do with communication, so maybe if we can raise awareness we can start to go about getting roads fixed.”

Email pictures of the worst damaged roads in your area to – please include your name, contact number and specific details of where the photo was taken.

Alternatively, tweet your pictures to @TimesGuardian and use the hashtag #ROARSheppey

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