Kent

Council pledges to spend an extra £6m on Kent roads

A further £6m is to be spent on improving Kent's roads, the county council has said.

The extra investment is in addition to the £17m already set aside by Kent County Council (KCC) to renew and resurface roads this year.

KCC say the additional cash comes from savings made by careful management of this year's council budget.

Bryan Sweetland, from KCC Highways, said: "This is about using council taxpayer money wisely."

Mr Sweetland said Kent was fortunate this year's winter was relatively mild compared to the previous two years.

'Safer condition'

"When we suffered two of the harshest winters on record we acted quickly to fix the damage caused to Kent's roads," he said.

"This action left our roads in a better and safer condition than they had been for a number of years."

Later in the summer KCC will begin its annual resurfacing campaign to strengthen roads and extend their life.

KCC looks after more than 5,000 miles of roads, 4,000 miles of pavements, 2,700 bridges and hundreds of thousands of street lights, signs and road drains across the county.

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