Plea to stop speed­ing driv­ers af­ter near miss

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Ai­dan Bar­low

A land­scape gar­dener is call­ing for ac­tion to stop speed­ing driv­ers af­ter he was nearly run down while cross­ing the road.

Chris Hone, 47, says there have been a glut of other near misses at the Faver­sham Road cross­ing by the Tow­ers School in Ken­ning­ton.

He be­lieves cars en­ter­ing the town are of­ten speed­ing af­ter pass­ing the junc­tion with Trin­ity Road, and fears some­one else might not be as lucky as he was to avoid se­ri­ous in­juries.

He said: “I was cross­ing the road and had looked left and right be­fore cross­ing but the car was com­ing at quite a speed. I had to run and it was quite close.

“Out­side peak school hours it isn’t a sur­prise to see cars do­ing in ex­cess of 50mph along the road. If this was the only near miss wit­nessed in re­cent months then I wouldn’t be un­duly con­cerned.

“But it is caus­ing res­i­dents con­cerns about get­ting out of the drive safely and for school pupils walk­ing home.

“We can’t dis­miss protes­ta­tions with the cur­sory ap­proach that noth­ing is done un­til there is a ma­jor in­ci­dent. It is about time some­body took up and took re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“With most schools there are 20mph, why should we as­sume the chil­dren at Tow­ers are more bouncy if they were to get hit by a car.

“There is a need for some kind of traf­fic calm­ing meas- ure like speed bumps or a speed cam­era.”

Ken­ning­ton Com­mu­nity Fo­rum chair­man Chris Mor­ley said the group has worked with Kent High­ways to im­prove safety with speed­watch signs and a new cross­ing for Tow­ers pupils over the past few years.

He said: “Traf­fic in Faver­sham Road gets a long run into Ash­ford and cars pile through at break­neck speed.

“I’ve seen some of them jump­ing the traf­fic lights at the junc­tion with Trin­ity Road.

“We are in con­tact with Boughton Aluph and East­well Parish Coun­cil to look at the most ef­fec­tive ways to keep speeds down and en­force the 30mph limit.”

A KCC High­ways spokesman said the po­lice are re­spon­si­ble for en­forc­ing lo­cal speed lim­its, and says the num­ber of se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents on Kent’s roads is fall­ing.

The spokesman said: “We have to make tough de­ci­sions on where to im­prove traf­fic and road safety in lo­cal ar­eas. We look at the sites most in need of im­prove­ment first, which have got the sup­port of the whole com­mu­nity.”

The spokesman added that res­i­dents can find crash data by vis­it­ing www.crashmap. co.uk and can con­tact lo­cal com­mu­nity groups and coun­cil of­fi­cials to raise con­cerns.

‘With most schools there are 20mph, why should we as­sume the chil­dren at Tow­ers are more bouncy if they were to get hit by a car’

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

Pupils mak­ing their way to Tow­ers School along Faver­sham Road

Chris Mor­ley of Ken­ning­ton Com­mu­nity Fo­rum

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