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Roads and Public Transport in the Thanet Villages

December 23, 2017 7:00 PM

Traffic triggering a speed camera in Monkton Road, Minster Dec 2017Speeding, road maintenance, pavements and fears over cuts to bus services - Thanet Villages' residents have told us what their priorities are.

Over half the respondents in each of the Thanet villages for our December 2017 survey rasied speeding traffic as a concern, but in particular Acol, where over 85% of respondents raised this as a priority issue.

Combined with narrow or non-existent footpaths and junctions with limited visibility, this is an issue that requires urgent attention from the highway planners. If elected, Angie will use her voice to ensure this is not ignored.

Potholes and Road maintenance

Despite Kent County Council declaring war on potholes in the county, your responses to our survey shows that there is still a long way to go to address these dangers to road users.

Margate Hill, Acol, one of the many roads lacking a safe footpathPedestrian Safety

Many of you are concerned about the lack of safe footways and the state and width of the existing pavements particularly given the menace of motorists who ignore the speed limits.

Over half of Acol respondents reported a lack of safe pathways in a number of places, but as with speeding motorists, it is an issue that affects each of the villages.

The Thanet Lib Dem team will explore what options are available to resolve the competing demands of people and traffic.

Public transport fears

No 42 Monkton to Manston via Minster route under threat of subsidy cut, Dec 201734% of respondents use bus services and 31% of respondents have concerns about the provision of public transport.

Many of you want improved, not reduced, services on buses and trains with improved weekend services and new bus services, including a direct link to Canterbury.

Many of the surveys were delivered and returned before news of the Conservative controlled Kent County Council's vote to axe the subsidies on vital rural bus services. Bus services proposed as being cut include the Number 42 Monkton to Manston via Minster route.

Listening to you, Angie and her Thanet team are working closely with the Liberal Democrats group on the Kent County Council (KCC), who form the official opposition, to raise objections and take action to challenge the devestating outcome that these cuts will have on the vulnrable in our communities.

Conservatives vote to give themselves a 15% rise

Earlier this year Kent Conservatives on the KCC voted for a huge increase in their allowances while cutting frontline budgets, including the budget for public transport.

Kent Conservatives voted in July 2017 to increase member allowances by 15% and just 4 months later voted to cut rural bus services affecting our villages.

The Conservative councillors' majority over-ruled the Liberal Democrats proposal that councillors should follow the recommendation of the independent Member Renumeration Panel which had recommneded a modest 1.5% rise and decided instead to increase their basic allowance by £1,920 each per year.

Vote for Angie Curwen on January 11th 2018

Angie Curwen heads the team of Liberal Democrat volunteers in the Thanet Villages ward and is standing as a candidate for both the District Council and County Council elections which are due on 11th Januray 2018.

Angie says:

If you vote for me I will fight for timely access to health, social care, education and essential public services and for the proper funding to support them