Performance review highlights commitment to environment

Every emergency call to Kent Highways has been dealt with within two hours, a report to Kent County Council has revealed.

The findings are part of a performance review of the environment and transport departments and will go before the authority’s Environment & Transport Cabinet Committee on Friday (July 13).

The report shows 94% of potholes reported to KCC are fixed within 28 days, with the same figure for streetlight repairs.

Other successes come in the form of a drop in greenhouse gas emissions from KCC’s estate – whether from buildings, street lighting, or business travel – down from 43,559 tonnes to 38,795 tonnes.

A significant contribution to energy reduction and related emissions is the change to LED lighting which this month has seen over 101,000 streetlights converted.

The complete project will feature highway street lighting converted to energy-efficient lights, centrally controlled, and will save Kent taxpayers up to £5.2 million a year on our energy costs and substantially reduced carbon footprint.

KCC’s waste disposal is also featured, showing that just under 1% of the county’s rubbish goes to landfill.

Members will hear that just over 50% of the 710,000 tonnes of waste disposed of by Kent residents is converted to energy while over 49% is recycled or composted.

Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste Mike Whiting

KCC cabinet member for highways Mike Whiting said: “Despite receiving more than twice the calls we received last year, I’m proud of the work the teams in our highways, transportation and waste department are doing.

“Our commitment to the environment is shown in that all of our services across KCC are expected to deliver to the Kent Environment Strategy priorities and contribute to the targets we have set.

“Within the environment and transport teams we are committed to lowering our carbon footprint and I hope this performance will be sustained and improved on in the coming years.

“This year has been extremely challenging for Highways after a particularly bad winter and extremely heavy rains, all of which have taken their toll and caused damage our road network.

“But in the face of working extremely long hours, all of our staff have ensured our roads remain open and have not shirked at the up-hill struggle of thousands of potholes being reported across Kent’s roads.

“It’s easy to read a lot of stories decrying the state of Kent’s roads and whilst we acknowledge the need for more investment in our roads – and we are pushing the government hard for this – you cannot say KCC is not doing it’s very best with the taxpayer’s pound.”

Since the pothole blitz was launched in March, KCC has filled in 44,958 potholes and carried out 102,562sqm of resurfacing where multiple potholes were found.

Performance review highlights commitment to environment was last modified: July 13th, 2018 by Thom Morris