Traders' anger at pothole repairs on Park Farm in Folkestone
PIECEMEAL pothole repairs on the West Park Farm industrial estate are a waste of taxpayers' money, according to traders.
Kingsmead, in the West Park Farm business park, has been visited by Kent County Council workers a number of times in the last few years.
But although the individual holes have been mended, the volume of heavy traffic causes them to re-open.
Mother-of-two Laura Poulton has worked for electrical distributor DC Homewood, based in the road, for eight years.
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She said: "The council needs to dig the whole road up and do the job properly.
"I've reported it three times and they've just patched it up. But with the amount of traffic using the road – the Folkestone Academy's down here and there's a lot of heavy lorries – they just break down again.
The 41-year-old said the holes are small but deep and that one has revealed a broken waste water pipe, which she has also reported to the council.
But she is also concerned about the safety aspect.
She said: "It's really difficult to get round them because they're across the width of the road. So what people are doing is dodging round them, which is difficult and really dangerous.
"There hasn't been an accident yet, but the council needs to stop wasting people's money and do it properly, it's the only answer."
KCC's east Kent highway manager Toby Howe said: "All roads are regularly inspected and any hazards are repaired to keep the roads safe.
"Sites are being assessed for future resurfacing as budgets allow and Kingsmead is included within this assessment. In the meantime, the site will be monitored and any repairs carried out as required."