Jailed for drugs

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An­gelo Martinez, the fo­rum’s vice- pres­i­dent, said: “There is a sec­tion where cy­clists are ad­vised to dis­mount and walk their cy­cles, but ob­vi­ously that’s not go­ing to hap­pen.

“It didn’t even hap­pen when the VIPs at the launch went for a ride along the tow­path.”

Mr Martinez said the fo­rum was con­cerned at the nar­row sec­tion un­der one of the bridges. He said: “It’s on a blind cor­ner and it would be very easy for some­one to find them­selves in con­flict with an­other rider com­ing the other way and for one of them to end up in the river.”

The fo­rum wants safety rail­ings in­stalled along the river’s edge.

In ad­di­tion, the height un­der the bridge is low. Mr Martinez said it would be very easy for a rider to bang their head on the bridge and said there was a need for bet­ter light­ing. Fi­nally, the fo­rum is con­cerned about safety at a ramp that leads down near the Ken­tish Lady moor­ing and then does a sharp right turn. Again it thinks rail­ings are needed.

A spokesman for KCC, which was be­hind the £2.4 mil­lion pro­ject, de­clined to com­ment on the crit­i­cism. A Shep­way man has been jailed for a month after ad­mit­ting a drugs of­fence. Ade­dayo Fadeyi, 36, of Cam­bridge Cres­cent, also pleaded guilty to fail­ing to show up at court and breach­ing a sus­pended sen­tence. He must also pay £300, which will be de­ducted from his ben­e­fits.

Cy­cle cam­paigner An­gelo Martinez; Tracey Crouch MP cuts a rib­bon to re­open the tow­path along the Med­way in Maid­stone

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