Kent traffic congestion now at a serious level
Kent is becoming an extremely horrible place to live in, as lorries thunder through our villages, country lanes and streets with impunity. They have done so for years.
People living near busy village roads cannot get to sleep or lorries drive into their houses. Famillies face cancers because of the fumes. The quality of life with the noise and pollution is awful.
Famillies move from London for a quieter life but some even want to go back to London where lorries are banned and there are 20mph zones.
In Kent, many people have petitioned for 20mph roads but the police say this is unenforceable, even though London has several of them. People have to battle to lower the speed limits but they frequently do not get anywhere with an old fashioned Council.
"As the ever increasing volume of traffic constantly pounds through the high streets of towns and villages across Kent day after day, creating hold-ups, severe congestion, speeding, pollution, accidents, and severe damage to the road surface, Kent County Council, and the Kent Highway Service officials are in serious debate of how to resolve this continual problem, and the serious increase of traffic in the county.
The county of Kent is basically in the “firing line” for all the European traffic passing through the ferry port of Dover, especially the massive HGV's lorries that are trading and delivering all across the country.
This in itself is a necessity of business, but the chaos that it brings when these massive lorries pass through small towns and villages to their destination, has seen the residents over many years past and present protesting adamantly and angrily, about the terrible blighting of their own communities by these huge monsters.
Not only is the exhaust pollution that they bring an added health risk, but many residents and children have narrowly missed serious injury and death, as these huge lorries plough through the narrow streets, some unavoidably mounting the pavements to avoid a collision with other vehicles.
What with these situations growing daily, local residents in towns and villages throughout the county, who are confronted by this daily onslaught of traffic, are desperate for those in authority to find a solution.