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Campaign to reduce speed limit to 20mph in Maidstone town centre to help prevent accidents and increase safety

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A campaign is being launched to cut speed limits in Maidstone to 20mph.

The 20mph Maidstone campaign is being launched at 10am on Saturday outside County Hall when campaigners will be handing out window stickers.

Members of Maidstone Green Party have welcomed the imminent announcement from the Department of Transport that it is to recommend councils implement a 20mph limit on all residential roads.

A poll of Maidstone residents conducted by the Maidstone Green Party last year showed 70 per cent of people were in favour of a 20mph limit.

The Greens have launched an online petition calling on Kent County Council to make Maidstone's residential streets safer.

Stuart Jeffery, Green Party general election candidate for Maidstone and the Weald, said: "The number of fatal accidents has doubled each year for the past three.

"A blanket 20mph limit sends a strong message to drivers and it should soon feel natural to drive at 20 rather than 30mph."

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