ePetition details

Decrease speed limt through Molash village.

We the undersigned petition the council to reduce the speed limit to 30mph on the A252 passing through The Street, Molash, on the grounds of safety, in an attempt to make The Street a safer environment for those that live there, because the road is too fast for a built-up area at 40mph and causes the residents much distress.

It has been noted that other places on the A252 have been given 30mph speed limits, the A252 does not run through the centre of any of the other villages in the same way that it does in Molash, affecting the lives of the residents of nearly 20% of the properties in Molash, (20 of the 105 properties in Molash are on The Street), on this stretch of the road from The Chapel to just past Coppins Farmhouse.

From the Gov UK website on SETTING LOCAL SPEED LIMITS - SECTION 7: RURAL SPEED MANAGEMENT Key points read: It is government policy that a 30-mph speed limit should be the norm in villages. It may also be appropriate to consider 20 mph zones and limits in built-up village streets. It is recommended that the minimum length of a village speed limit should be 600 metres. However, traffic authorities may lower this to 400 metres, and in exceptional circumstances to 300 metres.

In our opinion, 40mph is too high a speed limit and, as outlined by GovUK, a limit of 30mph or less should be implemented, this is what we are requesting.

This ePetition ran from 14/11/2022 to 14/02/2023 and has now finished.

208 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Dear Mr Seadon

Thank you for your enquiry enclosing a petition asking to reduce the speed limit to 30mph on the A252 passing through The Street, Molash.

In accordance with our ‘Petition Service’ as your letter contains less than 1,000 signatures I have investigated & reviewed your concerns in my role as the Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transportation & Waste.

We receive many requests for the implementation of safety measures on the highway and, as such, all requests are reviewed and prioritised. Our evidenced based approach is how we prioritise investment in road safety improvements and identify specific safety issues.

As part of this process we have examined the last three years of validated personal injury crash data from Kent Police. Typically, there is a 6 month delay from the time when a crash occurs to when the data is shared with KCC by Kent Police. The length of the 40mph section of The Street has been examined. This data shows that there was just one personal injury collision; this was recorded as serious injury. The incident took place on 10/09/2021. Speed was not cited as a causation factor in this instance. For your reference, the data we consider can be viewed for free on Crash Map http://www.crashmap.co.uk.

Therefore, at this stage, we have not established any pattern of incidents that could benefit from the engineering intervention of lowering the speed limit. However, I would like to reassure you that we take seriously all concerns about road traffic dangers and as such we will continue to monitor this site.

We do also work with local Parish / Town Council’s and elected County Members to ensure that a community voice helps to prioritise our efforts, and, in many cases, help support funding for improvements that do not achieve sufficient priority through our countywide assessments. To see if there is a wider community consensus for improvements the first step is for you to contact your local Parish Council or County Member. The following link to our website contains all the relevant information about the process and will explain how to research the crash history via the crash data map.

If drivers are ignoring the current speed limit and driving in excess, then they are highly likely to continue to drive in this manner regardless of the speed limit posted. In terms of traffic travelling above the set speed limit, the lead enforcement agency is Kent Police; the County Council have no powers of speed enforcement. If you believe that drivers are driving at excess speed and without due care, then this is a matter for the Police using their existing powers. Such concerns can be reported to them on their non-emergency number 101.

In addition I would encourage you to contact Kent Police Speed Watch Team at https://www.kent.police.uk/advice/community-support/speedwatch/ who can provide training on community led speed action. This allows members of the public to record speeding vehicles on roads in their area, by using portable speed devices. The owners of vehicles seen repeatedly speeding anywhere in Kent over a 12-month period are then sent a warning letter and advice by the police.

Thank you for taking the time to raise a petition and bringing your concerns to my attention. I really value a community voice to flag up local concerns based on your knowledge and experience of the roads and footways in your area. I hope that my review has clarified our position on this matter. If, however you feel we have not dealt with your petition properly, please do contact me again.

Yours sincerely

David Brazier