I pray the money is spent wisely
THE news that £370,000 has been allocated to increase the cycle network is welcome. This sum would be a tiny drop in the ocean of the road budget, while it would make an impact on cycleways, which are simpler and cheap. However, I pray that that money is spent wisely. After years of neglect, there is a tremendous amount of catching up to do. Of the skimpy routes set out in KCC’s Cycle Kent booklet, only about five per cent are highlighted as ‘traffic free’. Typically there still is no safe cycle route linking Tenterden to nearby St Michael’s, and cycling through these towns is a nightmare. Cyclists have virtually been driven off the road in High Halden through the introduction of pinch-points, and this pattern is repeated throughout most of the county. Try cycling to, and through, Challock, etc. It is all very well for the Government to change their strategy on cycle training, but we desperately need a cycle network, which is safe for all age groups and abilities to use in reasonable safety. Just issuing ‘Cycle Proficiency Certificates’, and then sending children out onto our roads in the present climate, is like throwing lambs to the wolves. Ted Prangnell, Kennington.
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Opposition leader has a bad memory
READING Cllr Davison’s letter (March 22), one would not have realised that I meet with him and the other opposition leaders every four weeks, to answer questions or brief them on what is going on. One would also not have gathered that a presentation on a possible arena had been made to a large number of councillors some weeks ago. Councillors agreed at that presentation to find out more and come back to the idea in due course through the normal council processes. It would be churlish of me to wonder if the good councillor’s short-term memory is in any way linked to the imminent borough council election, so I shall not do so. Cllr Paul Clokie, leader, Ashford Borough Council