Some shocking figures have been released from Kent County Council (KCC) about the backlog of work on Public Rights of Way.

The average number of days to resolve a fault has now increased to over a month, but this average masks some significant delays.

Cllr Mike Sole (Lib Dem Canterbury South) said “I recently chased up the removal of a tree blocking a public right of way. I was informed that there were 76 similar fallen tree reports, in the Canterbury District alone, and 631 reports in the Canterbury District yet to be allocated for resolution. “

“Additional resources are required to address this backlog, yet when a proposal was put forward in February by the Liberal Democrat Group to do this, it was rejected but the Conservatives. “

“These public rights of way are not just recreational routes, but part of the network of pathways across Kent that allow people to safety walk, ride and cycle, keeping them off roads. Not only is this good for the environment, physical and mental health, but also road safety.”

“It is essential that KCC find the resources to maintain the public rights of way network”

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Mike Sole is the councillor for Nailbourne Ward. He works as an accountant and lives with his wife just outside Canterbury near Bridge.

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