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Sheppey's "worst road" The Broadway in Minster to benefit from £500k improvement scene

By Lewis Dyson

A £500,000 project to repair and resurface “Sheppey’s worst road” has been given the green light for this summer.

Engineers from Kent Highways’ resurfacing team carried out a major investigation in July last year to establish the best way to improve the busy stretch.

The pothole-riddled and uneven route along The Broadway, Minster, worsened after the wettest winter on record.

The damaged surface in The Broadway, Minster. Library picture

The long-awaited repair is planned to take place in the summer because of the drier weather.

Behdad Haratbar, head of programmed works at Kent Highways, said: “We know local residents were keen for work to be carried out here and I’m pleased to say that we are now in a position to resurface The Broadway.

“It is a large project and one of a number of repair and resurfacing schemes that will be carried out on Sheppey this year.

“We are aware that the summer months tend to be busier because of the holiday traffic.

“We will therefore aim to programme much of the work to take account of this, for example, by working during extended daylight hours to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Meanwhile, Granville Road in Sheerness, may well take on the title of Sheppey’s worst road.

Shahid Ali shows the damaged surface in Granville Road, Sheerness

White markings have been made around the worst affected areas, with numbers going up to 23 put next to them, on the 0.2 mile street.

Shahid Ali, who lives there and owns Kool Kandy at the junction of Granville Road and Rose Street, called it an, “absolute disgrace”.

He said: “Every day I use the road and it’s annoying when you have to dodge potholes.

“I had a puncture last week. If I had time I would sue the council but next time I will because it’s getting frustrating.”

He said engineers had been out two weeks ago to fill in some of the potholes but most of it has already fallen apart.

Mr Ali, who has emailed pictures of the road to Kent Highways, said large chunks are also missing next to the kerb.

Last week, Kent’s Find and Fix pothole repair campaign was given £8.6 million by the government after the county council lobbied for funding to repair weather-damaged roads.

The county-wide initiative aims to get an average turnaround of 13 days from reporting to fixing and make permanent first-time fixes.

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