Wor­ried res­i­dents call for safe road cross­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Tesco Smash - By Vicky Cas­tle

Wor­ried res­i­dents are hop­ing their des­per­ate pleas for a cross­ing on a busy road will fi­nally be heard af­ter launch­ing a new pe­ti­tion.

More than 200 peo­ple have signed the pe­ti­tion to build a pedes­trian cross­ing on Hythe Road, Ash­ford.

Lead­ing the cam­paign, John Good­man said the in­creas­ingly busy road has be­come too dan­ger­ous for pedes­tri­ans to cross safely.

He added: “Since we moved here, Hythe Road has changed from a quiet street into ef­fec- tively an ur­ban free­way.

“The con­stant flow of traf­fic in each di­rec­tion of cars trav­el­ling at or above the 30mph speed limit means peo­ple with vis­ual or mo­bil­ity prob­lems have to wait much longer to cross the road.

“There’s a blind gen­tle­man who lives nearby and he has to walk a con­sid­er­able dis­tance be­fore he can cross be­cause his guide dog can­not cope with the traf­fic.”

The pe­ti­tion was placed in the Cradle­bridge Drive Post Of­fice and re­ceived 222 sig­na­tures in just three weeks.

The cam­paign group plan to pass the doc­u­ment to Kent County Coun­cil (KCC) and in­sti­gate an­other sur­vey into in­stalling a new cross­ing.

Mr Good­man first be­gan to fight for a cross­ing in 2012, draft­ing a pe­ti­tion and col­lect­ing hun­dreds of sig­na­tures.

The cam­paign was ig­nited just over a year ago but KCC ruled that not enough peo­ple used the road to jus­tify a cross­ing. Mr Good­man added: “That is pretty sub­jec­tive be­cause it de­pends when the guy goes and counts the peo­ple there.

“Ash­ford is rapidly ex­pand­ing and while it’s great to have more shops and en­ter­tain­ment, it does mean that there are go­ing to be many more jobs.

“That’s great but with jobs we have peo­ple and peo­ple have cars so it can only make the whole ef­fect on the area come un­der even more pres­sure in terms of traf­fic.

“I pay trib­ute to Ash­ford coun­cil’s Cllr Gerry Clark­son and his col­leagues for gen­er­at­ing ex­pan­sion but it should be taken into ac­count the ef­fect on the peo­ple who live here and have done for a long time.

“We should be able to use our roads safely but we can’t and this is putting a huge bur­den on res­i­dents.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­group.co.uk

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4215818

John Good­man, Cllr Ge­orge Koowa­ree, Jed Stacey and post­mas­ter Ashay Rai with res­i­dents on the Hythe Road

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4215812

Res­i­dents want a cross­ing over the Hythe Road

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