Pot hole army on parish patrol

Contributed by editor on Apr 20, 2005 - 09:01 AM


Kent County Council is to send out a mini army of road workers this summer to restore and maintain parish highways around Kent.

Armed with shovels, brooms and shears, they will be going out to repair potholes and carry out other highway maintenance work.

The County Lengthsmen will be dispatched in small teams of two or three o­n a fleet of 20 identifiable lorries. They will patch and repair roads, cut back overhanging trees and hedges, replace and repaint signs and clear gullies.

County Lengthsmen will  be relying o­n residents, parish and town councils to report problems.

The aim is to develop stronger links between the workforce and the local communities which they serve. In this way the scheme will revive the old idea of men being responsible for a specific length of road where they work.

Members of the public can contact the highways helpline o­n 08458 247 800 or go o­nline.

KCC Chairman Kent Tucker said: “The county council is trying to put the personal touch into Kent Highway Services.

“We want people living in small towns, villages and parishes to be our eyes and ears and to let us know where the trouble spots are. In return, we hope they will get o­n first name terms with the County Lengthsmen and look o­n them as their own.â€?