09 JAN 2015

MP's stop-speeding campaign finds fresh young legs!

Helen Grant takes campaign to County Hall supported by schoolchildren, parents, teachers, residents & councillors

Friday January 9th 2015:

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, took her constituency-wide stop-speeding campaign to County Hall, Maidstone, on Friday January 9th, supported by school children, parents, residents and parish, borough and county councillors to tackle the issue of speeding between East and West Farleigh and past St Helen's Montessori School.

The petitions, signed by over 1,000 residents and businesses, request 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 support the introduction of a lower limit outside St Helen's Montessori School.

Friday's meeting formed 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.

The MP and a delegation of councillors, residents and teachers met KCC's Cabinet member for Highways, David Brazier, following a large demonstration on the steps of County Hall.

Councillor Brazier agreed to investigate the issue as a matter of urgency and will report back to Helen Grant MP in due course.

After the meeting, Helen said:

"I was proud to take my stop-speeding campaign to the steps of County Hall and beyond today supported by so many school children, teachers, parents, residents and councillors.

"Our petitions reflect the voices of over 1,000 people and cannot be ignored.

"I'm delighted David Brazier will take up our cause as a matter of urgency, and I will be raising the issue with our Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Ann Barnes, at a meeting I've convened in February.

"Speeds of 50mph past a school teaching 2 to 11 years olds is simply not acceptable.

"Kent County, in consultation with the Police, must heed the implicit warning within this petition and implement the suggested changes to speed limits as quickly as possible"

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