21 SEP 2015

MP's fight to stop rural speeding unites police, councillors and communities

A campaign to reduce traffic speeding in The Weald has gathered new momentum as Helen Grant's Rural Speeding workinggroup agreed their first steps in tackling the scourge.

After raising the issue with the Police and Crime Commissioner at Kent Police HQ in February, the MP for Maidstone & The Weald assembled a working group comprising the Police, County, Borough and Parish Councillors and representatives from local community Speedwatch teams to see what could be done in partnership.

In the latest meeting, held at Helen Grant's Maidstone office on September 11th, Police from Tunbridge Wells and from Maidstone Community Support Units agreed to join local Speedwatch teams as a visible deterrent and to obtain evidence for prosecutions.

County, Borough and Parish Councillors confirmed that they will be actively encouraging Kent Highways to support a 'Twenty's plenty' lower speed initiative, restricting speed limits to 20mph outside schools.

They also agreed to lobby for fixed cameras in places of 'evident danger' and Parish Councils would be seeking to identify specific critical locations. This is a significant development as presently fixed speed cameras are only installed at places where a fatal incident has already occurred.

Helen said "Rural speeding is a major problem in our countryside and is an issue many Councillors and constituents have raised with me. I recognise that resources are limited and so our working group creating a relationship of mutual support between the police and our communities. Together we are determined to stop speeding motorists from causing carnage to people and wildlife as well as destroying the general quality of our precious Kentish rural lifestyle".

The Rural Speeding working group will meet again before the end of the year.

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