3rd October 2011
Maidstone Green Party welcomes the news that the EU is backing 20mph limits in urban areas and that ministers are preparing to significantly expand the use of 20mph in the UK. Maidstone Greens have been campaigning for 20mph streets where people live, a campaign which has significant support among residents. Local Greens are not happy with the proposed rise in motorway speed limits which will increase CO2 emissions, accidents, noise and air pollution along an already problematic M20.
Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party: "This is great news for Maidstone residents. The council is dipping its toe into 20mph zones outside schools, which is a step in the right direction, but the weight of opinion must now quickly take them to making all of our streets safer. The vast majority of residents would feel and be safer with cars coming past their houses at 20mph instead of 30mph.
"There is now simply no excuse for Maidstone's residential roads to remain at 30mph. Councillors need to seize this opportunity to make life better for all.
"We must also campaign against the proposed rise in motorway speed limits. The M20 through Harrietsham is extremely noisy and residents do not need even faster traffic there. Fuel costs and CO2 emissions will increase significantly, as will accidents and air pollution. The M20 corridor already suffers with bad air quality - an 80mph limit would simply make this worse."
1. The European Parliament has today signalled the right direction for road safety, notably by strongly recommending an EU-wide speed limit of 30 km/h (20mph) in urban areas. http://www.keithtaylormep.org.uk/2011/09/27/green-mep-gains-european-parliaments-support-for-20mph-safer-speed-limit/