23 OCT 2017

Calling for crackdown on speeding through Capel

Residents in Capel are calling for a crackdown on cars and trucks speeding through their village. Members of Capel Parish Council also met with me to discuss their concerns.

Villagers want the 40mph limit on the B2011 – which runs from Dover to Folkestone through the village – to start much closer to the junction with the A20. The parish councillors say it would be safer if the 40mph limit began before vehicles reached the turnings into caravan sites situated along the road.

Bosses at the Jarvis Homes development being built on the coastal side of the road have agreed as a condition of planning to pay Kent Highways £20,000 for the work to be done. Yet the parish councillors say Kent Highways are refusing to listen to their concerns or investigate the proposed changes.

I am taking up the case and have written to Cllr Matthew Balfour, Kent County Council's Cabinet Member for Transport, asking for a site meeting. I have also spoken to Ch Insp Mark Weller, Dover District area commander, about concerns over speeding in Capel.

Everyone can see that moving the 40mph down the road makes sense. This way cars will be travelling at a slower speed when they pass the caravan sites and enter the village.

It's frustrating that Kent Highways have not put these sensible plans into action. I've asked for a site meeting so we can show them how simple the solution could be.

I'm pleased Kent Police are looking at ways of cracking down on cars and trucks speeding through Capel.


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