Bob Dunn Way finally reopened after relationship between Kent County Council and Dartford Council 'reaches breaking point'

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson met with representatives to discuss the problem

The road was closed for a number of weeks

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THE notorious Bob Dunn Way has finally been reopened today (JAN 27) after weeks of being submerged in water and stretching the relationship between Kent County Council and Dartford Council to "breaking point".

The road in Dartford was closed for a number of weeks and some motorists got so frustrated many moved the cones and drove straight through.

Kent County Council (KCC) representatives said it had remained flooded for so long because the water table had risen above the road surface making it impossible to pump the water away but Dartford Council has criticised KCC's handling of the incident, saying it was "wholly unacceptable".

A Dartford Council spokesman said on Friday: "Our council's bosses have admitted that KCC’s failure to reopen Bob Dunn Way following floods over Christmas has stretched the relationship between the two authorities to breaking point.

“We do not blame KCC for the extreme weather or for initially prioritising areas where lives and houses were threatened but we are now a month on and this major road remains closed.

"Our complaint is that in the intervening weeks there has been little or no communication with motorists and few signs of any firm plan to reopen the highway.

News Shopper: PICTURED: Flooding causes closure of A206 Bob Dunn Way in Dartford

"Our interventions yesterday did bring a confirmation the County Council will finally use its Section 100 powers to remove water to adjoining land but even this was qualified with a statement that work would be subject to ‘resource availability’.

"That is totally unacceptable.”

News Shopper has approached KCC for a statement.

BBC Kent Radio presenter and Twitter user @patmarsh said: “I propose that we close Bob Dunn Way in #Dartford to throw a street party to celebrate its re-opening.”

On Friday Dartford MP Gareth Johnson visited Bob Dunn Way to quiz KCC bosses about what they were doing to resolve the situation.

Gareth Johnson MP said: “The opening of Bob Dunn Way has been a long time coming. This closure had caused enormous disruption for both motorists and local residents.

“The key thing now is for Kent County Council to get permanent pumps in place which will minimise the chances of there having to be closures in the future.”

 

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10:20am Mon 27 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Planks in hi viz and hard hats, this must be getting serious, or a nice photo op.
Planks in hi viz and hard hats, this must be getting serious, or a nice photo op. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -22

10:32am Mon 27 Jan 14

sol worrell says...

anyone know who bob dunn waz?
anyone know who bob dunn waz? sol worrell
  • Score: 15

11:02am Mon 27 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

sol worrell wrote:
anyone know who bob dunn waz?
I asked that weeks ago.

Try and keep up will you billy 'sol'locks.


THANk YOu
[quote][p][bold]sol worrell[/bold] wrote: anyone know who bob dunn waz?[/p][/quote]I asked that weeks ago. Try and keep up will you billy 'sol'locks. THANk YOu Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -26

4:11pm Mon 27 Jan 14

highway warrior says...

It must have been really difficult for them to think of a solution to this problem.
How hard could it have been to sandbag off the inside lane sacrificing that to keep the outside lane open?
If that picture is as bad as it got then a few hundred sandbags would have kept the outside lane open and traffic flowing.
It must have been really difficult for them to think of a solution to this problem. How hard could it have been to sandbag off the inside lane sacrificing that to keep the outside lane open? If that picture is as bad as it got then a few hundred sandbags would have kept the outside lane open and traffic flowing. highway warrior
  • Score: 7

5:01pm Mon 27 Jan 14

HearTheFacts says...

Where the real problem is, the office idiots at both KCC and Dartford council. If these idiots spent less time having meetings, and more action. As to getting the road open, but no having meetings now that important!.

Introduce a £10 meeting tax, for these office idiots to pay each time they had s meeting!.
Where the real problem is, the office idiots at both KCC and Dartford council. If these idiots spent less time having meetings, and more action. As to getting the road open, but no having meetings now that important!. Introduce a £10 meeting tax, for these office idiots to pay each time they had s meeting!. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 5

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