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Villagers oppose speed limit plan

Hundreds of villagers have condemned plans to raise the speed limit on a main road in Kent, close to where a pensioner was knocked down and killed.

A council report recommended increasing the limit, on the A20 at Harrietsham near Maidstone, from 40mph to 60mph.

Shirley Leedham, 70, was killed in a hit-and-run accident on a pedestrian crossing further up the road last year.

Local residents have signed a petition against the plans but the council said no decision had yet been taken.

Kent County Council said the proposals "as yet... have not been given the go-ahead".

The council stressed that the plans did not relate to the same stretch of road where Mrs Leedham was killed.

But Mrs Leedham's son Keith said: "The limit should be reduced not increased."

"Everyone knows it's a dangerous road. No one likes crossing it.

"If they took the speed limit down and enforced it then it would save lives. You get the campaigns that says speed kills, so why take it up?"

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