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Speeding driver let off because road signs couldn't be read - claim

Friday 10th March 2017

A DRIVER has been let off a charge of speeding because the road signs “were so dirty the court deemed them impossible to read”, Kent County Councillors were told.
This was reported to a KCC budget meeting by Lib Dem Leader Cllr Trudy Dean, debating an increase in council tax equal to £45 a year for band D properties.
Cllr Dean told Downs Mail she had received a text from a resident about the neglected signs but could not supply any further details.
Cllr Dean told the budget meeting: “In many areas, despite best efforts of our staff, the public are going to get a worse service.
“Our roads, through years of underfunding, will continue to deteriorate. There is a backlog of repairs of over £580m and spending is insufficient to keep it from growing. This means more damage to cars, greater danger of road casualties, particularly to cyclists and pedestrians.
“Road signs are not being cleaned. Road lining is not being carried out. Weeds grow high in gutters and roundabouts.”