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Medway Council invests extra cash to fill in potholes in the Towns

More money will be invested in fixing Medway’s crumbling roads, the council has confirmed.

Months of wet weather has led to an increasing number of potholes, and councillors have now voted for an extra £450,000 to be spent on fixing them over the next 12 months.

Kent has thousands of potholes. Library image.
Kent has thousands of potholes. Library image.

A statement said the council filled 3,904 holes in the road from April 2013 to January 2014 – adding “that’s an incredible 90 a week.”

Incredible, perhaps, but maybe not incredible enough.

Anecdotal reports suggest more motorists are damaging cars on potholes – last week we reported how Medway Tyres in Chatham had dealt with an unusually high number of damaged tyres, and the council says frost and rain has taken its toll in 2012 and 2013.

It’s Customer Contact team received more than 1,100 calls from residents reporting damage to roads and footpaths last year.

“The council has a very good track record of fixing potholes" - Cllr Phil Filmer

Cllr Phil Filmer, in charge of frontline services, said: “When weather conditions become more adverse, this causes unavoidable problems on our roads.

“We know potholes are the scourge of motorists and that is why we are putting more money into fixing them.

“The council has a very good track record of dealing and fixing potholes and we intend to maintain this in order to keep Medway moving.”

All roads, designated highway, within Medway are on a continuous rolling program of safety inspections that are 100 per cent up-to-date.

All enquiries received from members of the public about possible defects on the highway are investigated within 10 working days, and normally much quicker.

If deemed an emergency, the road can be made safe within two hours.

  • Residents can report potholes online via the lovemedway.co.uk website or by contacting Customer First on 01634 333333, texting 07739 657073 or email customer.first@medway.gov.uk
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