The Faversham 20’s Plenty Community Group welcomes Kent County Council’s decision to establish a town-wide 20mph speed limit in Faversham. The evidence is clear that 20mph limits create safer conditions for vulnerable people. They also have significant benefits for air quality by reducing levels of the harmful fine particulates created through continuous acceleration and braking. In addition, 20mph limits encourage walking and cycling, leading to healthier lifestyles.
This is not just the view of a small group of local people – or even just the view of the town, borough and county councils, our local MP and leading transport professionals, all of who back the town-wide limit. 20mph limits are also supported by the World Health Organisation, Public Health England, South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust (incorporating Faversham Community First Responders) as well as numerous healthcare professionals.
We await further information on KCC’s proposals. In particular we encourage KCC to engage directly with the 20’s Plenty for Faversham Community Campaign Group and to tap into the wealth of local knowledge that we have generated in over 5 years of campaigning. Local people need to know what is happening but, more importantly, why it is happening. This means engagement now, not later: before the measures are implemented, not afterwards. Schemes that seem foisted upon places are less popular than those that are carefully explained in advance. There is much therefore for KCC to do in the next few weeks and we look forward to helping in this important effort.
Today is International Women’s Day and on Friday, I attended the Mayor’s Annual International Women’s Day coffee morning in Faversham’s Guildhall. I took a seat, surrounded by women from my local community, listening intently to the immensely compassionate, knowledgeable and inspiring speaker, Claire Murdoch, National Director for Mental Health, who also happens to be the sister of our town Mayor Alison Reynolds.
The event set me thinking about 20mph limits, how they are rooted in the Equality Act 2010 and the foundational role they play in improving public health and wellbeing for all.
To all our supporters, here’s an update on progress with the campaign:
1. KCC agrees to a town-wide scheme
In March 2019, KCC and the 20’s Plenty Working Group, gave a joint statement to the Swale’s Joint Transportation Board, stating that they have reached agreement in principle to a town-wide scheme, subject to funding and a positive public consultation outcome.