Agenda and minutes
Venue: Civic Centre, Gravesend, Kent
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Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Peter Scollard and County Cllr Tan Dhesi.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 7 December 2016 were signed by the Chair.
Further to minute 39 (14.09.2016), Cllr Robin Theobald advised that Kent County Council (KCC) had not yet responded to the request for it reconsider the extension of the 30mph speed restriction in Forge Lane and Pear Tree Lane.
Cllr Theobald reiterated that if funding was preventing the works from being undertaken then the Parish Council may consider contributing towards the cost.
Declaration of Interest
No declarations of interests were made.
The Board received a report which identified the schemes that had been approved for construction by KCC in 2017/18. An update on the Combined Member Grant Program was also provided within the report.
Cllr Colin Caller requested that Gravesham’s draft Highways Works Programme for 2018/19 be submitted to the Board for consideration.
The District Manager – Tunbridge Wells (KCC) advised that it was unlikely that the draft Programme would be submitted to the Board however invited Members to submit any requests for consideration such as resurfacing etc. to the District Manager – Gravesham (KCC).
Further to Minute 48 (07.12.2016), the Board received a report which provided an update on the Rathmore Road Link scheme.
The Project Manager – Major Capital Programme Team (KCC) advised that the main works commenced in June 2016 and were on track to be completed by October 2017 however the contractors would need to return to complete some minor works.
Cllr Colin Caller advised that the Board 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 and suggested that articulated delivery lorries be given use of Garrick Street.
The Project Manager – Major Capital Programme Team (KCC) advised that KCC was working with GBC to mitigate any impact on the traffic flow/articulated delivery lorries.
The Board also expressed concern regarding the current layout and operation of the traffic light system in the vicinity as there seemed to be unnecessary queuing and delays.
Cllr Caller requested that the results of the monitoring as detailed in section 3.3 of the report (air quality, traffic flows and pedestrian activity around Gravesend Station) be submitted to a future meeting of the Board.
(1) the current layout and operation of the traffic light system in the vicinity be investigated further; and
(2) the results of the monitoring as detailed in section 3.3 of the report (air quality, traffic flows and pedestrian activity around Gravesend Station) be submitted to a future meeting of the Board.
The Chair advised that this item had been placed on the agenda by Cllr Robin Theobald. A petition had been received requesting corner protection via yellow lines on Bowesden Lane to assist with poor visibility due to increased parking around the See Ho Public House.
Cllr Theobald advised that corner protection would also be required at Tanyard Hill.
The District Manager – Tunbridge Wells (KCC) advised that as there was no firm evidence to support the request, it would be unlikely to receive priority funding.
County Cllr Sweetland supported the petition and advised that he would be willing to use his Member Grant to fund the yellow lines.
The Board acknowledged the petition and agreed that it be investigated further outside of the meeting via Member Grant.
The District Manager – Tunbridge Wells (KCC) reminded the Board that petitions can be submitted for consideration via KCC’s Contact Centre or Parish Portal.
Cllr Caller advised that he had previously funded yellow lines for St Benedict’s Avenue via his KCC Member Grant however the works had not yet been completed.
The District Manager – Tunbridge Wells (KCC) advised that she would investigate this further and provide Cllr Caller with an update outside of the meeting.
Resolved that the request for yellow lines be investigated further outside of the meeting via Member Grant.
Any Other Business - London Road, Northfleet
Further to Minute 49 (07.12.2016), County Cllr Lauren Sullivan reiterated the need for a reduction in the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on London Road, Northfleet following several fatalities and a number of incidents.
County Cllr Sullivan also reminded the Board that there were several vulnerable groups within the vicinity.
The District Manager – Tunbridge Wells (KCC) informed the Board that a refuge island with associated signing and lining will be installed at the location in question and that a safety audit on the design was currently be undertaken by KCC.
Following consideration of the petition, speed surveys were undertaken and KCC’s opinion, which is backed up by speed data, is that this location would not be suitable for a 30mph limit. The speed data showed that most of the traffic complied with the 40mph limit and that to reduce the speed, traffic calming would be required which would not be applicable at the location in question due to the bus route and road classification.
The Board was also advised that speed limits should be self-enforcing and changing the speed limit would not alter drivers’ behavior. The Hill is currently 30mph and has a worse accident record compared to the location in question, which is just 50 metres away.
The District Manager – Tunbridge Wells (KCC) stated that KCC had a countywide process of prioritisation in terms of monitoring accidents and investigation of possible crash remedial measures. London Road is not appearing as a crash cluster however, despite this, KCC had found resources to implement the refuge island to address local concern.
The Board was advised that 80-95% of accidents are caused by human error and not the environment. The fact that there had been accidents in this location, does not mean that a change in road layout would influence patterns of behavior.
Besides engineering, the Board was informed that there were also enforcement and educational methods that can be explored.
The District Manager – Tunbridge Wells (KCC) advised that the Police had not made any requests to KCC for a reduction in the speed limit.
It was suggested that an interactive speed limit sign may assist and that this could be funded via Member Grant.
Note: Sue Sparks, Higham Parish Council, spoke under the terms of the agreement.