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Kent County Council ignore long term warnings on roads and footways

January 22, 2017 9:20 PM
By Ian Chittenden
Originally published by Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Over the past decade Kent County Council have been fully aware that, unless they took action, the condition of our highways would deteriorate rapidly. Previous warnings from Lib Dem councillors, and also from highway officers, were ignored in spite of money being available at the time. As a result, there has been substantial deterioration of both roads and footpaths. And they're getting worse.

Ian ChittendenBack in 2006 it was clear that substantial investment was needed to ensure the proper state of our roads was maintained. But for years Kent's Tory Administration has failed to take action.

Now, having experienced substantial Government cuts over the past 5 years and with little likelihood of additional money becoming available, the situation has become critical and it's getting worse. The backlog of highways maintenance work is predicted to increase from £584m to £691m by 2026 and the backlog on our public footways from £83m to £128m by 2026.

County Councillor Ian Chittenden, the Lib Dem Highways spokesperson on Kent County Council, commented:

"If KCC were just to maintain current investment levels, the condition of our roads and footways would deteriorate significantly. A recent officer report suggested that ten years from now over 1 in 10 of Kent's 'A' roads could be in very poor condition as a consequence of this neglect.

"As we have done for many years, Liberal Democrat councillors will continue to challenge the Conservatives.

"We will seek to ensure most effective use of money available, insisting that the safety of pedestrians and road users is given top priority."