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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

KCC relies on Transport Assessments commissioned by Developers

May 17, 2014 5:53 PM

Ian ChittendenKCC used to count vehicles on roads across Kent (the "Kent Traffic Counts program") to predict the effect of new house building and make sure that house builders pay for any required road improvements. KCC cancelled the program in 2011.

Councillor Ian Chittenden has found that KCC now relies on figures commissioned by house builders themselves. He commented, "These companies would save on the cost of road improvements like wider roads, roundabouts and traffic with lower vehicle numbers, making this a conflict of interest. If the numbers turn out to be too low, congestion will result, creating a cost which will eventually have to be paid for by the tax payer".

In the March County Council meeting, although Ian was told by the Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways that KCC could ask independent transport consultants to check information provided, this is limited due to lack of funds.

Ian Chittenden continued, "Serious questions have been raised about traffic figures reported by developers for a 220 home scheme in Boughton Lane in Maidstone. KCC Officers have questioned the validity of the developers report but do not have resources to make a proper judgement".

We are now have 19,600 new homes under consideration in Maidstone. With little money for road improvements to relieve congestion and pollution, it would seem there has never been greater need for a "Kent Traffic Counts Program".