My letter to the Kent Messenger:
After many years of campaigning in Maidstone for 20mph limits in all residential areas, last week's news that the council has finally realised that they save lives was good to read.
The example set by the Green administration in Brighton has demonstrated a clear reduction in accidents, reducing accidents by 12% from 2013 to 2014. Maidstone on the other hand saw the highest number of car accidents in the county and a rise over the same period of 16%. Maidstone also recorded the highest number of killed or seriously injured people in Kent in 2014.
Of course we cannot be certain how many lives would have been saved had MBC acted sooner rather that dragging its heels but let's hope that those 20mph limits arrive quickly before too many more lives are ruined.
Maidstone Green Party