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An apology for absence was received from County Councillor Alan Michael Ridgers (Chair) and Cllr Bob Lane.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 11 March 2020 were signed by the Chair.
Declaration of Interest
Cllr Nirmal Khabra declared an interest in respect of item 8b as he was a local Taxi Driver for the Borough of Gravesham.
Matters Arising from Previous Meetings
Minute 124. Corner Protection (Yellow Lines) at the junction of Cob Drive and Forge Lane - Requested by Cllr Bob Lane
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) explained that he had received some
correspondence from the Parish council that the consultation had started and he is awaiting further information on this matter.
Cllr Bob Lane advised the Board that the consultation will end in 6 weeks.
Minute 127. The Hill, Northfleet - Speeding issues and Accidents - Requested by Cllr Peter Scollard
A response was received on behalf of Michael Payne which is set out below:
Thank you for your letter of 24 January 2020 regarding safety cameras in Kent.
In the past five years three camera enforcement devices were installed in Kent. An average Speed Camera system was installed at A28 Brooksend, Thanet, with Red Light monitoring cameras installed at two locations, Cheriton Road Folkestone and A254 Margate Road/Princes Road, Ramsgate. These were all installed following clear evidence emerging that speed related crashes at those locations could be reduced by the introduction of enforcement by cameras.
The Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership do not normally sanction the introduction of cameras where there is no clear evidence that they would reduce serious or fatal speed related crashes, over a 1.5km stretch of road, in a three-year period. The criteria for safety cameras can be found at the safety camera partnership website – www.kmscp.org.
There are no plans at the moment to change these criteria, which are very similar across the country, but officers have been asked to investigate the area of The Hill, Northfleet as requested.
Thank you for raising this matter and I hope that this answers your questions.
Member for Tonbridge
Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport
Kent County Council
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) explained that whilst there clearly wouldn’t be a change in policy; additional Automatic Traffic Counts have been completed and he is waiting for the results.
County Cllr Lauren Sullivan suggested that alternatives to a speed camera should be explored (e.g. pelican crossing)
Cllr Scollard advised the Board that there had been another three accidents since this matter was last reported and requested an update on the widening / heightening of an existing traffic island.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) explained that this matter had been passed to the Schemes Team and he will get an update.
Minute 147. Highways Works Programme 2019/20 onwards (Information only)
At the last meeting The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) agreed to look into the
Springhead / Sainsbury’s roundabout where poor visibility and speeding cars are creating dangerous conditions.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) explained that this matter had been looked at but the information hadn’t been received yet. The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) will report back on this matter at next meeting and provide County Cllr Burden with an update as soon as possible.
Minute 148. Any Other Business which by reason of special circumstances the ... view the full agenda text for item 157.
Minute 124. Corner Protection (Yellow Lines) at the junction of Cob
Drive and Forge Lane - Requested by Cllr Bob Lane
An update was received from Cllr Bob Lane; the informal consultation carried out by Shorne Parish Council received 24 responses (23 in favour, one neutral, none opposed). On 30th May 2020 KCC wrote to confirm that they will now proceed with the TRO request and formal Consultation process.
The Parking Services Manager informed Members that the matter had been progressed and KCC were due to start the formal consultation in the next 2-3 weeks..
With the agreement of the Chair, Cllr Leslie Hills asked that yellow lines be added to the junctions on Havisham Road, Chalk Road, Vicarage Lane and Lower Higham Road.
Cllr Leslie Hills advised that he had already spoken about funding with his KCC Councillor for Chalk, Cllr Alan Ridgers, but he was already in the process of funding a speed test in Lower Higham Road which would commence once Covid-19 was over.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) noted the requests and agreed to provide an update at the next Committee meeting.
Cllr Bryan Sweetland advised that he was still waiting for the extension of the yellow lines at the junction of Northumberland Road and Brookside Road in Istead Rise.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised that the action was with the contractors and he agreed to provide Cllr Bryan Sweetland with a date for when that would be completed.
Minute 127. The Hill, Northfleet - Speeding issues and Accidents -
Requested by Cllr Peter Scollard
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised that he had no update concerning the Hill as Emma Green, the Schemes and Planning Manager had recently left her position at Kent Highways. The team had been looking at increasing the lining and signage along the Hill though and the District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) explained to the Chair that the automatic traffic counts carried out monitoring of the level of traffic in the area and took speed surveys to see what times of the day were busiest which then informed the team of trends/patterns.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) promised to come back to the Committee with an answer of when the traffic count surveys would be completed.
Minute 147. Highways Works Programme 2019/20 onwards
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised Members that he had no update on measures to improve visibility and speed reduction at Sainsbury’s roundabout as the Schemes and Planning Team would not take any on new requests until the Covid-19 tranche of work for active travel and high street repair was completed.
It was pointed out by Cllr John Burden that the requests submitted for that roundabout were not new and had been in circulation for over six months.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) defended the work of the team so far and explained that officers had visited the site and vegetation had been cutback around the signs and ... view the full minutes text for item 157.
a). The Notice of Intentions for each Amendment Order have been included but if Members wish to see the full deposit documents and maps these can be viewed at https://www.gravesham.gov.uk/home/parking-and-roads/parking-consultations/overview
The Parking Services Manager advised that the public notices for the controlled parking zones (CPZ’s) were for information and formed part of the formal consultation. The review of the controlled parking zones in the Town Centre was completed last year and it was the intention to review the remaining controlled parking zones in the area once that was finished. Two informal consultations have been carried out where resident feedback was gathered on how they wanted to see the schemes run in the future. All resident feedback was considered by the Parking Team and this feedback was used to propose changes to the scheme under the statutory formal consultation.
A question was raised about advertisement of the consultation and if there was a social media campaign to promote it.
The Parking Services Manager explained that there was not a social media campaign but there was a statutory requirement for it to be advertised in local papers and notices were put up on streets and the affected roads. In addition a letter from GBC with all the information on the notices was sent to every household in the CPZ. The Parking Services Manager advised that those three methods made sure that every resident that the CPZ affected was fully
The Committee were provided with the Gravesham Highway Forward Works Programme – 2019/20 which provided Members with an update on the identified schemes approved for construction.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) highlighted key points from various sections within the report.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) explained that the main contractors were on hold for six to eight weeks due to Covid-19 but they were back on track now and most of the resurfacing works had been completed.
Cllr Bryan Sweetland gave his thanks to the team as the surfacing works completed on Sole Street were up to an excellent standard.
Cllr Lauren Sullivan requested an update on the provision of the three roads that were highlighted by Members that needed urgent servicing especially St Marks Avenue and Haynes Road.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised that the three roads were submitted to the unfunded list of works; authorisation to spend had not been given yet and the team were waiting on a Council meeting to find out what was happening to the budget for that list and where it would be allocated.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) assured the Committee that St Marks Avenue would be completed in March/April 2021 and the funds would come out of next year’s budget.
Cllr Bryan Sweetland advised the budget would be released following the County Council meeting on Wednesday, 10 September 2020.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) explained that half of Valley Drive was classified and the other half wasn’t; the improvements were being dealt with by the Planners.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) explained that Arnold Avenue had been designed and programmed in.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) explained that only Chalk Road was outstanding due to the gas board works and had been postponed to 2021.
Drainage Repairs & Improvements
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) advised that Bracondale Avenue had had a design created by testing and commissioning and the feasibility of that design was being looked into.
There was no further update for Whitepost Lane.
With regard to Factory Road, the District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) explained that the team were still trying to deal with the landowners and had encountered some problems. The Chair asked to be kept informed of all progress on Factory Road as he was the Governor of Lawn Community Primary School that was affected by the flooding. The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) agreed to copy the Chair into correspondence with the drainage team so that he had their direct contact details.
Cllr John Burden raised the issue of flooding at Perry Street as it was an ongoing issue and would only worsen over winter.
The District Manager – Gravesham (KCC) was aware of the issue and it hadn’t progressed as the Enforcement Officer was on long term sick leave; it was likely that the officer would not return so a replacement was being sought. A total of 540 applications were received ... view the full minutes text for item 159.