27th July 2011
Maidstone Green Party has welcomed the endorsement by the Maidstone Joint Transportation Board last night of a plan to trial 20mph speed limits outside 6 schools in the Borough. Stuart Jeffery addressed the Board, which is made up of Borough and County Councillors, urging them to back the plan. Local Greens has been calling for 20mph streets in the Borough for a number of years and have presented petitions in the past. Along with Green MEP, Keith Taylor, they had actively backed the petition in Lenham which prompted the plan for this trial.
Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party: "This is a small but good step in the right direction, one that is very welcome after years of hard campaigning. 20mph areas have been shown to be very effective in reducing accidents and promoting cycling and walking. They have overwhelming public support - after all who wants cars travelling fast past schools or people's homes?
"I hope that once these schemes have been shown to be effective, that they will be expanded across the borough and that Kent County Council will consider bringing Maidstone into the 21st century by giving all Maidstone's residential streets 20mph limits, just as other county towns across the country now have. It is quite disgraceful that Maidstone is at least 5 years behind places such as Oxford, Norwich, Lancaster and Portsmouth."