Quick news items from your local Liberal Democrat team.
The plague of verge parking in Allington - One of the benefits of living in Allington is the fact that some of our estate roads still support grass verges. What a pity it is therefore to see so many people parking on the verges or driving over them. If this is not stopped, they will inevitably be totally destroyed. After heavy rain, when the ground is particularly soft, the ability of the verges to withstand this abuse is massively reduced and we end up with permanent ruts. The County Council is now instituting more rigorous checks and will certainly chase car and van owners for reinstatement costs if this situation persists and they have evidence of repeat offenders. They have the legal powers to do this – you have been warned!
Tudor Filling Station A20 London Road - Your Lib Dem Councillors, Dan Daley and Cynthia Robertson, voiced their concerns about this application when it was first discussed by the Planning Committee. As a result it was deferred in the hope that the exit on to the London Road going out of town could be improved. The amended scheme, approved at a meeting held on 14th January, now includes additional road markings and signage to discourage drivers from attempting to turn right towards Maidstone. A landscaping scheme using native mixed hedges has been introduced along the southern and western boundaries and the cherry trees will be kept.
The 79 Bus - Your Councillors are pleased to report that the management of Nu-Venture buses has written to them to say that they are very pleased about the way in which passengers are supporting the No.79 service. Figures of persons carried have increased well during 2015 and they hope that this will continue. NuVenture provide a valuable service in Allington and recently gained a great deal of praise for operating buses between Christmas and the New Year. We are also advised that NuVenture is well aware that there is a real need for buses on Saturdays. The management is reviewing its manpower capabilities – and if possible will certainly make sure that this is a high priority.