Hollingbourne Parish Council has received the following newsflash from local Borough Councillor Patrik Garten on the legal case between Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council relating to the long promised Leeds and Langley Relief Road. Please Read More for further information.
MBC-KCC Judicial Review Nearing Agreement
Date : 14 March 2019
Lib-Dem led Maidstone Borough Council’s long-running judicial review action against Kent County Council is believed to have ended, with MBC withdrawing from the proceedings and settling out-of-court. The news follows last Friday’s move by the opposition Conservative Group on MBC to request an extraordinary meeting of the council with a call to stay the proceedings.
At 4:30 pm yesterday, the final sticking point was understood to be the wording of just one sentence.
Welcoming the outcome, Cllr. John Perry, Leader of the opposition Conservative Group commented:
“Maidstone needs a major upgrade in its road network. But, instead of co-operation and co-ordination between their councils, local taxpayers were having to fund one council taking legal action against the other. Hopefully this settlement will mean we finally see progress on what matters most to our residents, which is improving the roads and transport system around Maidstone.”
The settlement is understood to involve KCC funding survey work in respect of a south eastern relief road from other sources, as they had offered to do back in June 2018. In November last year, a judge turned down MBC’s application for an injunction to stop KCC’s work on the relief road. There is believed to be an agreement on the use of developer contributions to fund other road improvements. MBC is understood to have dropped its attempt to make KCC build new ‘bus prioritisation’ lanes along Sutton Road. MBC will also now fund a dedicated transport planner to work between the two councils.
Councillor Garten can be contacted at PatrikGarten@Maidstone.gov.uk
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