I've added a few emphasises, these are my own. Otherwise this e-mail is unedited:
Thank you for your emails regarding the recent outcome of the public inquiry into the application for the Powerhub site in St Peters Street, Maidstone.The application was subject to assessment by the KCC Transportation & Development Team. It was recognised that the reduction of the wide footway on the northern side of the St Peters Bridge would be a disadvantage of the development proposal. However, this would be offset by the additional capacity for traffic that would be gained by widening the carriageway over the bridge to four lanes.The width available for pedestrians and cyclists on the northern bridge would be reduced to 2.5 metres. This is too narrow to maintain the existing segregated space, so pedestrians and cyclists would have to share this space. KCC recognises that this is an important route across the river for cyclists, and that it connects to cycle routes on either side, however the numbers of cyclists using the bridge have been fairly low; generally in single figures during peak hours.Therefore, on balance, KCC did not make an objection to the regeneration proposal for Baltic Wharf, as the overall impact on the highway network could be mitigated by the off-site works. We accept that these measures are not helpful to cyclists in a location where cycling on the actual carriageway of the gyratory would be extremely difficult. However, my officers did not consider that we could sustain an objection to the development on these grounds.KCC does not hold cyclists in contempt. I ride most days, wishing the traffic would go away, but accepting the realities of life.I appreciate that this may not be the response you had hoped for, however I hope that the information provided is useful and fully explains our position on this matter.
So it turns out KCC does not hold cyclists in contempt. They just give off that impression because they accept the realities of life.
Please sign the petition to stop this scheme going ahead. This could be any town, please don't let it be mine. Thank you.