St James’ roads and pavements

During the recent Borough Council elections I received a spiteful little email from the LibDems to berate me for not attending the Highways Advisory Board. I take the view that we don’t need a talking shop to get things done – councillors should get out in their patch and make things happen.

In both Pembury and Sherwood, I work really well with the Borough Councillors and we seem to get things done as a team, but since I’ve never been contacted by the St James’ Lib Dems it’s no surprise that roads and footpaths have become so bad. Two weeks ago I set up a meeting with Kent Highways and St James’ parents.

I’ve been concerned about the state of the roads and footpaths in St James’ for a while, and never understood why the area always seemed to lose out when it came to the normal repair and maintenance programme that seem to be a matter of course in other areas.

I agreed a plan of action with locals to address the various school routes, then took Kent Highways on an hour’s ‘walkabout’. They agreed with me that things have reached crisis point, and went away to work up a programme.

Yesterday I met with Keith Ferrin, KCC Cabinet Member for Highways, and showed him the photos I’d taken of potholes, broken footpaths, eroded yellow lines and zebra crossings and bad patching by the utility companies.

I only hope we can make a start in St James’ before we see a major accident. Watch this space.

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