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Stone Parish Council supports introduction of 20mph zones following campaign

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 October 2018

14-year-old Dean Povey is

14-year-old Dean Povey is "extremely lucky" not to have suffered any lasting injuries after being hit by a car in Temple Hill. Picture: Darren Povey

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Following a petition by the Dartford Safer Roads Campaign which last month led to a meeting at the council, support has mounted for the introduction of 20mph zones.

Parish councillor Mandy Garford presented to Stone Parish Council on Wednesday October 17 the idea that Stone could adopt the speed limit on all non-main roads, and the council agreed to back any initiative which would bring further speed limits to the parish.

Cllr Mandy Garford said: “Talking to residents in Stone, many choose not to walk, particularly when they have their children with them as they do not feel safe because of the speeds.

“Research also shows that children are unable to judge speed, so crossing around fast cars is dangerous to them.

“We have an obligation to find ways for the roads to be safer. 20mph zones on all residential streets with exceptions for roads such as London Road and Watling Street could make a significant difference.”

Darren Povey, 39, attended the meeting.

His 14-year-old son Dean was hit by a car in Temple Hill in September, and the experience prompted Darren to join the campaign.

He said: “We had been out together and Dean decided that he wanted to return home to meet up with friends.

“We understand that as he was crossing the road after getting off a bus he was struck by a car travelling in the opposite direction.

“Following reports of an accident involving a child, we rang his phone and King’s College Hospital staff answered and told us that they had just received Dean via air ambulance and that he was in resus.”

Dean broke his collar bone, arm, four ribs and suffered a punctured lung. Darren said his son was “extremely lucky” not to have suffered any permanent of life-changing injuries.

He added: “You cannot underestimate the impact this accident has had on our family.

“The sickening feeling in your stomach as you see your child lying there is heartbreaking and I will never ever forget that day.

“I cannot stress how important it is to look at the safety of our roads and this needs to be prioritised.”

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