County Hall says 20,000 potholes have been filled in £7.5million blitz

Organiser Ingrid Pope [pictured] launched Tunbridge Wells Yard Sale last year after seeing a similar event in the US.

Latest data has shown that 20,000 potholes have been filled in 2018 as part of Kent County Council’s £7.5million blitz.

The authority said that 11,279 have been filled in since March 1, as Kent Highways teams responded to damage caused by the Beast from the East storm.

Of these 1,182 have been filled in Tunbridge Wells and 511 in Tonbridge & Malling.

The Tonbridge figure was the second lowest of all Kent authorities, with only the smaller geographical district of Dartford having less with 190.

Cllr Mike Whiting, County Hall member for Highways, said: ‘This year saw some freezing cold temperatures which has significantly contributed to the number of potholes on our roads.

‘Water gets into the road surface and when it freezes it expands causing cracks and subsequently potholes.

‘Once temperatures warmed up, KCC immediately began work to repair our network.

‘We ensured the main routes in Kent were fixed first alongside emergency repairs and in April began a dedicated pothole blitz tackling our entire network.’

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