06 JAN 2015

MP steps up stop-speeding campaign in Maidstone and the Weald

Helen Grant to present letter and petitions on speeding to Kent County Council

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, will present two petitions on speeding to Kent County Council on Friday 9th January 2015. The MP will meet KCC's Cabinet Member for Highways, David Brazier, at County Hall, Maidstone, at 11.45am to present the petitions and a letter calling for action. Mrs Grant will be accompanied by West Farleigh resident Roy Plommer and teachers from St Helen's Montessori School in East Farleigh. Media are invited to attend.

The petitions have been signed by almost 1,000 residents and businesses requesting the reduction of 50mph to 40mph and 40mph to 30mph limits on the B2010 and B2163 between East Farleigh through West Farleigh to the top of Yalding Hill, and supporting the introduction of a lower limit outside the Montessori School.

The West Farleigh petition has attracted nearly 350 signatures of all ages, in a village with less than 380 residents. Taken in conjunction with the school's petition there are nearly 1000 people, all of whom are greatly concerned at the dangers along this stretch of road. Past representations have been made by the Parish Council, a Road Action Group, and individuals about the frequent accidents but have resulted in no positive rectification measures.

Friday's meeting forms the latest tranche of the Maidstone and the Weald MP's campaign to tackle the issue of speeding across the constituency, and comes ahead of a key meeting with the Police & Crime Commissioner for Kent, Ann Barnes, on February 12th.

Helen said:

"This is a serious indication of the concern by the public that cannot be ignored. I strongly urge Kent County Council, in consultation with the Police, to heed the implicit warning within this petition and implement the suggested changes to speed limits as quickly as possible.

"Existing signage is in place which suggests that the proposed amendments should not involve major works and costs. I look forward to planning a course of action with Kent County Council as a matter of urgency".

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