‘tough de­ci­sions’

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A spokesman for Kent County Coun­cil (KCC) said: “We have to make tough de­ci­sions on where to im­prove traf­fic and road safety in lo­cal ar­eas. This means we have to say ‘no’ more than we’d like, es­pe­cially if the re­quest won’t re­duce ca­su­al­ties.

“We look at the sites most in need of im­prove­ment first, which have got the sup­port of the whole com­mu­nity.”

The spokesman said all re­quests would be con­sid­ered as long as res­i­dents check the crash his­tory of the site, not­ing in par­tic­u­lar any re­sult­ing per­sonal in­juries.

Cam­paigns then need to get com­mu­nity sup­port from a lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, who then needs to con­tact KCC.

He added: “We de­cide with the help of ex­pe­ri­enced traf­fic en­gi­neers, who iden­tify whether any cost-ef­fec­tive mea­sures to re­duce road ca­su­al­ties are needed.

“Once we’ve iden­ti­fied, as­sessed and agreed what to do, we’ll seek fund­ing from var­i­ous sources, such as the county or parish coun­cil. This can take some time.

“We then re­port the scheme to the lo­cal district Joint Trans­porta­tion Board.”

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