Kent Car Park Repairs Called ‘Pathetic’

Residents in Kent have complained about recent repairs to a seaside car park, saying the work to fix potholes there is “pathetic”.

The off-road parking area on Faversham Road, Seasalter, still has lots of holes in the ground, with only the craters on the side of the road having been filled in, Kent Online reported.

According to a local businessman, loose stones were rolled into these holes, while the ones in the car park were left untouched.

Peter Hague, who is in charge of the Waldens of Seasalter caravan park and shop, told the publication: “What they’ve done is pathetic.”

“They’re full of water when we have rain. They did the work but haven’t come back to do the rest,” he added.

One motorist also told the media outlet the work they have done is “less than half-hearted, it’s laughable”.

To make matters worse, the 600-metre long car park, which has historically been free to park in, is now charging a fee for use of its spaces.

Canterbury City Council introduced a £3 tariff to park there on weekends during the summer months from April 1st. The fee on weekdays between April and September will be slightly lower at £1.60.

The motorist stated: “It’s ridiculous that they believe that work can warrant them to introduce charges.”

“The loose stones they’ve put down will spread across the road after a few weeks and all the potholes will be back,” it was added.

A spokesman for the local authority Rob Davies reassured residents that more repairs will be taking place in the car park over the next few weeks.

In addition to this, the council claims the charges will not affect residents as the fees only operate between the hours of 1000 and 1600, while locals tend to go for walks in the early mornings and late evenings.

Canterbury City Council is concurrently busy making repairs to another one of its car parks, with work to fully resurface and reline Watling Street car park to begin next Monday (April 11th).

The project is expected to take four days to complete, with the facility being shut off to the public during this period.

Councillor Barbara Flack, lead councillor for parking at the local authority, stated: “Watling Street is one of our most used city centre car parks but we recognise the surface there is not in a good state.”

She added: “It is a premium car park, and we need to provide an experience to match that.”

The council hopes the £95,000 project will be complete before the four-day Easter weekend, when it anticipates the city to become very busy with visitors.

In the event it remains closed over the Bank Holiday weekend, there are other car parks that can be utilised instead, including Whitefriars multi-storey, Castle Street multi-storey and Holman’s Meadow, car park.

The councillor reminded locals that while parking charges are not always popular, they help to pay for repairs and improvements to the structures.

They also support the work the council does in the community, including getting the homeless into permanent accommodation.

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