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Kent County Council receives multi-million pound boost to tackle county's pothole menace

The battle to fix thousands of potholes across Kent roads has received a £6.3million boost today.

The government has announced the county council will get the money to help deal with roads that have been badly damaged by the successive bad winters.

And to make sure the money is being spent, county road chiefs will have to publish monthly reports showing exactly where work has been done.

Potholes are an issue in Kent
Potholes are an issue in Kent

The money has been allocated to KCC as part of its share of an £168m government handout which ministers say is enough to fix 3m potholes across the country.

Cllr David Brazier, Kent County Council's cabinet member for transport, welcomed the cash.

He said: "We knew the severe weather could cause widespread damage to the roads and in January, provided an additional £3million on top of the normal maintenance budget to tackle this.

"Fortunately, we were in a relatively strong position because of the investment we have previously made in the network. However, the roads took a battering and government has recognised this."

Cllr David Brazier, cabinet member for transport
Cllr David Brazier, cabinet member for transport

In a statement, transport minister Patrick McLoughlin said: "Potholes are the bane of all our lives and the funding announced today is an important step in ridding our roads of this menace."

KCC has adopted a "find and fix" approach to potholes, in which potholes are repaired and then longer stretches of road are covered with patching.

Cllr Brazier added: "We always aim to make permanent first-time fixes, and once the weather became drier in the spring we were able to accelerate our Find and Fix repair programme."

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