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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Cllr Brian Clark’s call to drop controversial Cranborne Avenue plan leads to agreement at Town Hall

February 7, 2016 10:52 PM

Brian Clark with opponents to Cranborne Avenue closureOn Monday 14th December Lib Dem County Councillor for Maidstone South Brian Clark attended the meeting of the Borough Council's strategic Planning Committee to oppose the controversial proposal to close off the junction of Cranborne Avenue with Loose Road. This proposal put forward originally by Kent Highways has proven highly unpopular with local residents, as demonstrated in a recent survey carried out by Cllr Clark.

As a result of Brian's intervention the Committee agreed to a proposal put forward by Lib Dem members including South ward councillor Derek Mortimer to remove the closure of the junction to traffic exiting Cranborne Avenue from the list of junction "improvements" proposed in the emerging Integrated Transport Strategy for Maidstone.

Brian said "The decision of the Borough Council's Strategic Planning committee to remove the Cranborne Avenue junction closure from Maidstone's Integrated Transport Strategy is a great result. Had it have been left in the strategy, closure would have been inevitable. If a closure plan resurfaces, as part of improvement plans for the Loose Road, my colleagues and I will oppose it vigorously."