Letter sent to the KM:
It is rare for a Green to speak out against a bus lane, but putting one through Mote Park would surely be a disastrous piece of vandalism, especially as there are two clear alternatives.
The best option would surely be to use the Loose Road, continuing the bus lanes from the A274. The Loose Road already has four lanes. two of which could easily become bus lanes. To prevent too much of a squeeze on car drivers, the frequency of buses would need to be dramatically increased. Alternatively, the A20 could be widened without encroaching on the park to allow a bus lane from Willington Street into town.
Aside from the environmental vandalism that a bus lane through Mote Park would be, bus lanes should serve people and there aren't that many people living in the Park.
Green Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Maidstone and the Weald