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Safety first at Kings Hill with help from former Chief Constable

Safety first at Kings Hill with help from former Chief Constable

A Speedwatch scheme has been introduced in Kings Hill with the aim of helping reduce excessive speed on the community’s roads, coordinated by a former Chief Constable of Kent Police.

Drivers’ speeds will be monitored and anyone travelling at 35mph or more will be reported to the police. If that vehicle is caught speeding again within 12 months anywhere in Kent and Sussex the driver will receive a letter of advice from the police.

The equipment was bought by Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust and development partner Kent County Council for use by the community volunteers with the support of the parish council. It will operate in the main thoroughfares including Tower View, Gibson Drive and Discovery Drive.

The Speedwatch scheme has the support of the police and has been proven to make drivers think more carefully about their speed. It is an education scheme and not one where people are prosecuted.

“We have a rapidly growing population at Kings Hill and the safety of those living, working and visiting here is of paramount importance,” said Liberty’s property and estate manager Susan Davies.

“Speeding is a great concern and we hope that this initiative will act as a deterrent and improve the quality of life for everyone in the community.”

Former Chief Constable of Kent Police, Bob Ayling, who is also a Kings Hill parish councillor, said: "On behalf of Kings Hill Parish Council, I would like to thank the volunteers who have undertaken the training and given their time to help make our Kings Hill community a safer place to live and work. The objective is to deter speeding and to educate drivers to behave responsibly in the interests of road safety.

“It was gratifying to receive the support of Kings Hill residents towards achieving this aim. We do need more volunteers and anyone interested in joining us should contact the Kings Hill Parish Council Office."

Anyone interested should contact the Parish Council on 01732 870382 or office@kingshillparish.gov.uk.

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