Agenda and minutes
Venue: Civic Centre, Gravesend, Kent
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Apologies for absence were received fromCllr Lesley Boycott (Vice-Chair) and County Cllr Susan Howes.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 14 September 2016 were signed by the Chair.
Further to minute 39 (14.09.2016), Councillor Robin Theobald advised that KCC was requested to reconsider the extension of the 30mph speed restriction and asked for an update.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised that she would provide Councillor Theobald with an update outside of the meeting.
Declaration of Interest
County Cllr Bryan Sweetland announced an “Other Interest” in item 10 (Request for yellow lines on Milroy Avenue, Coopers Road and Mitchell Avenue in order to improve the restriction to buses) as his wife owns a property on Milroy Avenue.
The Board received a report which identified the schemes that had been approved for construction by Kent County Council (KCC) in 2016/17. An update on the Combined Member Grant Program was also provided within the report.
Further to Minute 42 (14.09.2016), County Cllr Diane Marsh requested an update on the report due to be submitted to the Board detailing the lessons learnt further to the recent highways work undertaken in the Harmer Street/Milton Road area by a utility company.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised that the following statement had been received from the Street Works Manager (KCC):-
Although these works caused a significant level of disruption due to the location and heavy traffic flows we do not feel that the works could have been managed any differently.
The original plan was to close Milton Road which would have caused even greater disruption, so the decision was made to keep traffic flowing albeit under temporary traffic signals.
These were essential works to replace old decaying mains and we were never going to achieve this scheme at this location with no disruption.
We feel that SGN did the best they could taking into account the difficulties of this location and the engineering difficulties they faced trying to locate and replace the old gas mains.
There were a couple of days where the lights were not being managed properly but we dealt with that at the time. The area inspector visited site regularly and dealt with any issues as they arose.
We did not have a wash up meeting but regular progress meetings were held with KCC and SGN throughout the works.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised that KCC had minimum control/involvement with works, roads closure etc. when they relating to essential utility works.
The Board felt that KCC’s statement was inadequate and expressed its dissatisfaction regarding the management of the works particularly as it caused major disruption to local residents and businesses. The Board also reiterated that there needed to be better communication between the utility companies undertaking the works, KCC and GBC.
With regard to the new Crematorium on Gravesend Road, the Board advised that it had previously expressed concern regarding the need for a filter lane and stated that KCC rarely objected to a development proposal particularly during the planning process.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised that a road safety audit would have been undertaken for the Crematorium which would have indicated whether there was a need for a filter lane and that road safety audits would also be undertaken on any development proposals submitted to KCC.
The Board requested that it be sent a copy of the road safety audit for the Crematorium and requested that KCC’s criteria/rational for objecting to a development proposal be submitted to the next meeting of the Board with particular regard to the Crematorium.
The Chair reminded County Cllrs that their Member Highway Fund was unable to be carried over due to the upcoming KCC Elections.
Resolved that ... view the full minutes text for item 46.
The Board received a report which provided details of those arrangements that have been made between KCC and GBC to provide a local winter service in the event of an operational snow alert in the borough.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised that the Local Winter Service Plan for Gravesham was a working document which will evolve and be revised as necessary. The Plan complements the KCC Winter Service Policy and Plan 2016/17 which was available on KCC’s website.
The Board was advised that the policy had been presented to KCC’s Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 9 September 2016 and subsequently approved by the Cabinet Member.
The Board requested that it be provided with the prioritisation for footway clearance in the event of snow.
County Cllr Caller reminded the Board that salt bins were available via the Member Highway Fund and suggested that any requests be made to the local County Cllr(s).
Resolved that the prioritisation for footway clearance in the event of snow be sent to the Board.
Further to minute 20 (09.12.2015), the Board received a report which provided an update on the Rathmore Road Link scheme.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised that following a competitive tendering process the contract was awarded to Jackson Civil Engineering Ltd.
The main works contract commenced in June 2016 and works were currently on track to be completed by October 2017.
It had been planned to undertake the bridge strengthening works to the brick arch tunnel beneath Railway Place in advance of the contract however due to delays in gaining approvals from Network Rail, the works commenced on 12 October 2016 and were due to be completed shortly.
The Board advised that it had previously raised its concern regarding the potential impact to the road network if articulated delivery lorries continue to use Railway Place and Manor Road. The Parking Manager advised that consideration was being given to extending the yellow lines in order to mitigate any impact on the traffic flow/articulated delivery lorries.
Speed Limit - London Road, Northfleet (between Dover Road and Rural Vale) reduction from 40mph to 30mph. This request follows a fatal accident involving a pedestrian in June - Request by Councillor Peter Scollard.
Councillor Peter Scollard requested the Board’s support for traffic calming measures on London Road, Northfleet (between Dover Road and Rural Vale) following several fatalities (the most recent being in June 2016) and a number of incidents.
The Board was informed that it was felt that the following traffic calming measures were required to improve safety to pedestrian and encourage safer and more responsible driving:-
· a reduction of the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph;
· a pedestrian crossing near the shopping parade; and
· appropriate signage.
Councillor Peter Scollard informed the Board that a petition of support had been received containing more than 1000 signatures and that County Cllr Thandi had also expressed his support.
The Board unanimously supported the request/petition and requested that:-
· Cllr Peter Scollard:-
o submits the petition to County Cllr Caller (in the absence of County Cllrs Howes and Thandi) for submission to KCC’s Council Meeting on Thursday 8 December 2016;
o to draft a letter which will be sent by the Chair, on behalf of the Board, to KCC’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation;
o to raise this with County Cllrs Howes and Thandi (as the County Cllrs for that division) in order for them to support/pursue this with KCC;
· County Cllr Caller to raise this at the next meeting of KCC’s Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee; and
· the District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) to investigate traffic calming measures and whether priority funding would be received.
Resolved that the Board unanimously supports the request/petition for traffic calming measures on London Road, Northfleet (between Dover Road and Rural Vale) and that the above be pursued.
Gravesham JTB response to Govia Thameslink Railway 2018 Timetable Consultation.
Link to the Consultation:-
North Kent is referred to in Question 16 on page 15 and also on pages 14 and 22.
The Chair informed the Board that Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) had launched an extensive consultation which set out proposed changes to the timetable which will be operated by GTR in 2018 following completion of the Thameslink Programme. The programme will transform north-south travel through London and will be the biggest timetable change on the routes affected in a generation.
The deadline for responses was Thursday 8 December 2016.
The Chair informed the Board that GBC will be responding specifically to impact on the existing semi-fast service
The Board expressed its concerns regarding the proposals from a Gravesend point of view particularly those that relate to the existing semi-fast service and supported GBC's response.
The Board requested that a response be sent on its behalf by the Acting Planning Policy Manager mirroring GBC's response noting that the local Parish Councils also have the same views.
Resolved that a response be sent by the Acting Planning Policy Manager on behalf of the Board mirroring GBC's response noting that the local Parish Councils have the same views.
Request for yellow lines on Milroy Avenue, Coopers Road and Mitchell Avenue in order to improve the restriction to buses - Request by Councillor Bronwen McGarrity.
The Chair advised that this item had been placed on the agenda byCouncillor Bronwen McGarrity requesting for yellow lines on Milroy Avenue, Coopers Road and Mitchell Avenue in order to improve the restriction to buses.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised that they had not received any complaints to date regarding the restriction to buses.
· the item be deferred in order for Cllr Bronwen McGarrity to give an explanation at a future meeting of the Board and to allow the local County Cllrs to be briefed; and
· this be investigated further by KCC together with any potential solutions i.e. would yellow lines would be supported.