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GREEN PARTY: Calls for better public transport not free electric parking

Wednesday 24th February 2021

PROPOSALS to allow free parking for electric cars has come under fire from the Green Party.
Maidstone Borough Council recently indicated its “serious” intent to mitigate rising number of vehicles caused by the authority’s housing plans.
But Green Party spokesman Donna Greenan said the focus should be on providing better public transport.
She said: “It’s all very well offering free parking but it won’t reduce the number of cars on the roads – that’s only going to get worse. Congestion in Maidstone is awful – we need good public transport and fewer cars on the road.”

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Pressing for free parking, Cllr David Burton (Cons), chairman of the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee, said: “We talk the talk about climate change and air quality. It's about time we actually started to do something that actually makes a difference."
Maidstone has an unenviable record for pollution in hot spots such as Upper Stone Street.
Mrs Greenan said Maidstone should adopt 20mph zones in residential areas whilst re-examining housing policies, particualrly in the town centre and in Hermitage Lane.

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