Letter to Kent County Council calling for pavements to be salted in snow and ice. Pavements in Maidstone were still impassable a week after the snow and many people were trapped in their houses right up to Christmas. KCC did manage to salt a small area from the council offices to the member's car park though.
Dear Cllr Chard,
The week before Christmas has proved miserable and dangerous to people in Maidstone, especially the elderly and socially isolated. Despite the rhetoric in Kent County Council’s ‘Winter Service Plan’, pavements around Maidstone remained unsalted demonstrating another clear example of KCC putting cars before people. Please can you ensure that KCC acts on its own policies.
One in six households do not have access to a car in Maidstone and these households are mostly older people who are less confident about walking in snow and ice. These people have been confined to their homes in the run up to Christmas – a situation that is clearly intolerable. KCC is supporting car drivers at the expense of pedestrians which clearly disadvantaging those who need the most help.
I also understand that there was a dramatic rise in fractures reported at Maidstone’s A&E, yet there seem to have been very few car accidents. The health impact of not salting pavements is quite clear and the extra loss of independence, and possibly life, for the elderly must be stopped.
Furthermore, the only path that I found that had been salted by yourselves was between County Hall and the member’s car park – this is simply unacceptable.
I urge you to make salt available for pavements and to ensure that it is used. There needs to be a balance between roads and pavement clearing that reflects the real needs of the people.
Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Maidstone and the Weald