Highway Works Programme 2019/20 onwards
This report updates Members on the identified schemes approved for construction.
The Board was presented with a report that provided an update on identified schemes approved for construction in 2019/20.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised that:
· the footway improvement scheme at Newmans Road was now complete.
· Following the flagging of replacing flagstone with tarmac in the town centre, the use of a new system of concrete slabs printed with a flagstone pattern was to be used instead. All utility companies were on board with this suggestions and a report would be submitted to the next meeting of the Board on this subject together with samples and photos.
With regard to the replacement of flagstones in the town centre, County Cllr Burden expressed concern as to what would be used to replace the concrete system when they had to be lifted. IT was explained that it was intended to keep a stock of replacements so the slabs could be replaced like for like.
Cllr Scollard asked why unbroken flagstones could not be re-used and rebedded. Some of the slabs in the town centre had been there for a long time and were part of the town’s heritage. The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) explained that the old slabs often constituted a trip hazard and it was KCC’s policy to replace them. The new concrete print system would be trialled outside Tesco’s.
· The street lighting at the Pepper Hill Roundabout had been largely resolved with only four lighting columns now not working.
The Vice-Chair reported that on driving past the roundabout last night, 17 streetlights had been out including the signage uplighters on the Pepperhill Roundabout. Some of the streetlights on the A2 slip roads were also not working but this was acknowledged to be the responsibility of Highways England. The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) undertook to check this issue again.
· KCC and the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation were trying to find out who was the responsible for the lighting at Church Path, Northfleet as they were not on the KCC asset list.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) was advised that this had been implemented by former County Cllr Leslie Christie and it remained a KCC footpath and he agreed to follow up of this matter.
· The meeting with Cllr Hills had not yet taken place in relation to the Lion roundabout.
· The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) and the Parking Services Manager had visited Ebbsfleet United Football Stadium in relation to commuter parking.
County Cllr Burden reported that a juggernaut and its trailer had been permanently parked outside the stadium. The Dutch owners (identified by the name on the truck) had been contacted but had denied ownership. KCC and Kent Police refused to take any action. The location of the parked truck was causing chaos with vehicles trying to access the site. The Parking Services Manager offered to pass the issue onto the GBC Waste Management Team. The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) noted that if informed, Kent Police would track down the owners.
· The application for a BP Petrol Station at Tollgate had been rejected by the Council and would now be considered by a Planning Enquiry.
· KCC would be progressing Wimbourne House.
· The works to make Salisbury Road/Cecil Road/Northcote Road into one-way traffic should be complete.
County Cllr Sullivan reported that there had been a week of confusion after completion in that the signs had been installed but not lit, a sign was missing from Salisbury Road and another was too close to a building to enable good visibility. It was suggested that this sign be moved to the other side of the road.
Following a question from the Chair, the District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised that the rollout of the new centrally controlled LEDs and auto fault reporting system was nearly complete and he undertook to get an update for the Chair from the Project Manager Richard Emmett.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) undertook to provide the Board with a report on the progress of smaller works twice a year starting with the next meeting in November 2019.