Sunday, 6 July 2014

KCC agree to removal of the only cycle lane across the River Medway in Maidstone

Open letter to Cllr Brazier (KCC Transport supremo):

Dear Cllr Brazier,

I was shocked to learn that your team did not object to turning the only cycle path across the River Medway in Maidstone into another lane for cars to use. As a passionate cyclist I will soon be unable to cycle from one side of the town to the other without using an extremely busy and dangerous road and I want to know how you intend to address this appalling mistake.

Your team gave "no highways or transportation objection to the application" to the supermarket plan on St Peters Street.

I cannot understand how KCC does not object to plan which will increase traffic by 54% in a known area of congestion, that would see the removal of the only cycle lane across the river and that would see the pavement which is used by thousands of children to access to the local schools cut in half,

Either you and your team fail to understand the implications of the plan or they failed to assess the plan properly. I therefore request all documentation and assessments made by your team that led them to this conclusion.

In a short time cyclists, wheelchair users and pedestrians will be severely disadvantaged in Maidstone. This will be a direct consequence of your decision.

Stuart Jeffery

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