Agenda and minutes

Venue: Civic Centre, Gravesend, Kent

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An apology for absence was received from County Cllr Tan Dhesi.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 100 KB


The Minutes of the meeting held on 6 June 2018 were signed by the Chair.


Declarations of Interest


No declarations of interest were made.




Highway Works Programme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 141 KB


The Board received a report which identified the schemes that had been approved for construction by KCC in 2018/19. An update on the Combined Member Grant Program was also provided within the report.


Members considered the report and highlighted the following:-


·         Bracondale Avenue, Istead Rise – County Cllr Sweetland requested that the works be progressed with urgency as he had commissioned the works nearly a year ago which were now being re-advertised due to an error by KCC;

·         Cross hatching outside of the Civic Centre towards Stone Street and the train station – the cross hatching is still in place directing cars into the left lane and only allowing them to switch lanes at the last second; both lanes can be used so the hatching should be removed to stop potential accidents where drivers pull out at the last second;

·         Wayfaring Signs in the Town Centre – A no entry sign needs to be placed on Stone Street southbound to inform motorists that they cannot turn right down the road towards the train station;

·         Motorists continue to use the bus lane in Clive Road/Barrack Row which is an offence therefore enforcement action need to be taken by GBC as the enforcing authority;

·         Surface Dressing works had been completed in Leywood Road and Dean Road, Luddedown however the loose chippings had not yet been swept up.


Members expressed concern that a number of the above issues were raised at the previous meeting and continue to be outstanding.


The District Manager for Gravesham (KCC) advised that he together with the Schemes Manager for Gravesham (KCC) will investigate the areas raised outside of the meeting.


Note: Noel Clark, Luddesdown Parish Council, spoke under the terms of the agreement.


Update on works at Dering Way and Lion Roundabout


The District Manager for Gravesham (KCC) advised that the works on Dering Way and Lion Roundabout were undertaken by a developer via a Section 106 Agreement.


The early part of the scheme resulted in KCC and local Councillors receiving a large volume of complaints regarding the long delays and heavy congestion being caused by the roadworks.


The main issue of the long delays and heavy congestion was due to lack of traffic management. As part of the conditions of the work permit, a traffic management operative was required to be on site from 07:00am-19:00pm. This had not occurred however once a traffic management operative arrived on site, KCC assisted the operative on how to control the traffic levels in the affected roads. The timings of the signals were adjusted and the operative was informed of how to use the live traffic function on to assist with traffic flows. Further to this, KCC requested that there be a further operative on site to act as a spotter so that traffic build-ups were monitored.


KCC also made contact with the company responsible and requested a site meeting to discuss the failures and how to move forward with the improvements required to control traffic build-up. This meeting was successful and the situation in the area improved, however, delays still remained in the area due to the volume of traffic as well as people jumping the signals.


All disruptive works were completed prior to the schools returning. There will need to be further remedial works however these should not have any significant impact on motorists or pedestrians.


The Committee expressed concern regarding the chaos caused particularly during the early part of the scheme however the Board acknowledged the efforts made by KCC to resolve the issues.


The District Manager for Gravesham (KCC) informed Members to send their concerns to KCC’s Director for Highway, Transportation and Waste, Mr Simon Jones.



Any Other Business which by reason of special circumstances the Chair is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency.


The Chair agreed to the following items being raised under any other business. The urgency being that a number of items had previously been raised and were still outstanding:-


·         Cllr Rob Halpin stated that there were issues surrounding the junction at Hall Road/Painters Ash and requested that it be considered at the next meeting of the Board. The Chair requested that Cllr Halpin liaises with the Scheme Manager for Gravesham (KCC) and Parking Services Manager (GBC) outside of the meeting in order for a brief report to be prepared.

·         The Chair advised that the street lights near Pepperhill roundabout had been out of action for over a year and requested that they be repaired.

·         The Chair stated that the signage near Valley Drive roundabout had been damaged and requested that it be repaired or removed.

·         County Cllr Bryan Sweetland requested that more items be included on future agendas in order to warrant a meeting. County Cllr Sweetland suggested that KCC’s new Director of Highway, Transportation and Waste, Mr Simon Jones be invited to a future meeting of the Board.


County Cllr Sweetland stated that this would be the last meeting attended by Mr Earl Bourner as he had been promoted.


Members thanked Earl for his support and wished him well on his promotion.