Pitted, pock-marked, profoundly unattractive – is this the worst road in Canterbury?

Potholes on Tower Way, Canterbury, before they were filled in

Tower Way in Canterbury could lay claim to the title of the city’s most poorly maintained road.

Virtually no part of it is free from potholes, cracks and an uneven surface.

It is also covered in stones which have become loose while pools of water sit in the fractured tarmac.

Tower Way leads off St Peter’s Place, taking drivers to business and residential car parks and to the terraced streets of St Peter’s Grove and Black Griffin Lane.

The state of the Tower Way surface

Teacher Danny Robinson, 30, lives nearby and sees the road on daily basis.

“It’s an absolute disgrace,” he said. “I really can’t believe they’ve let it get like this.

“I know it’s not a major route, but for a small road it sees a fair bit of traffic with people who park near their homes or receive goods delivered by vans.

“The authorities really should give it a once over – especially with the summer tourist season on the horizon.

“I really don’t know what French or German visitors must think. It’s just a mess.”

Potholes are regular features of the Canterbury’s urban landscape during the winter months.

But workmen rather than weather can also be responsible for poor road surfaces. One crew left a deep gouge in Hospital Lane off Castle Street after repair work last month.

Gouge in Hospital Lane

Cars driving over the fragile tarmac have pressed it even lower and one resident has placed a wheelie bin with an arrow on it to warn drivers of the hole.

Kent County Council is responsible for 5,400 miles of roads in the county.

The authority is spending £5.2 million filling potholes during the winter.

KCC cabinet member for highways Matthew Balfour said: “Potholes are one of the biggest bugbears for our residents and remain one of our top priorities each year.

“People often assume these are quick and temporary fixes but I can assure you these are not. We do a quality, first time fix, and do not expect to be back out again fixing the same pothole.

“All this work isn’t to suggest we don’t need people’s help in reporting potholes. We can’t be everywhere all the time and so I’d encourage people to go online and report potholes so we can arrange for them to be filled.”

Potholes can be reported to KCC via its website.

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