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No yellow lines on busy road

REMOVING parking bays from a road used by thousands of school children could lead to a serious accident, councillors have been told. Officials had recommended painting a single yellow line on Old Dover Road, between Nackington Road and The Gate, banning parking from 9am to 10am and 2pm to 3pm, but residents said it would be a dangerous move. John Linane, from the Langton and Nackington Residents’ Association, said the parking bays acted as a safety feature to slow traffic down. He said:

“The problem is not legal parking in these bays, but illegal parking in the road. We need to reinforce the regulations first.”

The plan was opposed by councillors from both Canterbury City Council and Kent County Council but senior transportation officer Richard Jenkins said they had considered it carefully. He said:

“We would not recommend not going ahead. We do place considerable weight on the views of local members, but the recommendation is the view of officers […] as professionals.”

County councillor Mike Harrison said members were representing the views of residents. A total of 15 objections had been received, with five letters of support. Bus company Stagecoach also supported the idea. The joint transportation board, a committee of city and county councillors, voted not to go ahead with the plan.

Herne Bay Times, February 27th 2014

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