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Tenterden schoolgirl Halle Hopkins, 10, writes to Kent County Council to complain about potholes after bumpy ride around town

By Tricia Jamieson

A 10-year-old girl has taken road bosses to task over potholes.

Halle Hopkins wrote to Kent County Council after enduring a bumpy ride home to Tenterden.

She had just heard on the car radio that KCC was fixing potholes which have blighted motorists’ lives due to the wet winter.

Halle Hopkins with her letter of complaint to KCC
Halle Hopkins with her letter of complaint to KCC

Halle, who goes to St Michael’s Primary School, said: “I decided to write after we had been bumping along because of potholes.

“I counted how many there were and wrote to complain.

“I haven’t done that before but would do it again if I wanted to complain about something.”

Halle lives with her mum, Emma Flood, and her sisters, Lia, 13, and Harley, eight, in Maytham Road, Rolvenden Layne.

Miss Flood said: “Halle had been to the beach at Rye with my mother.

“As they were driving back through Appledore, she decided to count the potholes.

Workmen repairing potholes
Workmen repairing potholes

“She found a lot so wrote to the council about it, but hasn’t had a reply yet.”

Miss Flood said she was proud of her daughter.

“She often complains and used to be on the school council at St Michael’s, which is where she got the idea from,” she added.

Pothole victim Patricia Wilson has complained that hitting the holes has landed her with a bill of about £280 for new tyres.

Caterer Mrs Wilson, who runs the Tenterden firm Passionate Food, said: “The roads have been so much worse this winter.

Potholes on the A28 Ashford Road in Tenterden
Potholes on the A28 Ashford Road in Tenterden

“I find myself peering over the bonnet looking for holes or trying to avoid them, which is dangerous.”

Mrs Wilson said she needed a new tyre in September and three weeks ago she hit a hole while driving in the Kingsnorth area.

She said the cost of repairs was about £280.

Meanwhile holes on the A28 near the junction with Turners Avenue, Tenterden, have been fixed.

Traffic was controlled by lights while the work was done over three days.

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