Venue: St Peter's Hall Aylesham
Contact: Emma Carey
Welcome: Cllr David Hart (Chair)
1b. Matters arising and notes
from previous meeting
1c. Any Declarations of
welcomed the members of the public, KCC Cllr Keith Ferrin and KCC officers David Barton, Dennis
Button, David Gasking, Steve Henson and
Notes of Previous meeting
The Notes of the
meetings held on 2 October and 20 November 2008 had been circulated
previously, were approved and there were no matters arising.
Kent Highways Services
This is a good opportunity to discuss and comment on
local Highways issues.
The following Officers will be speaking and
Dennis Button, Community Delivery Manager
David Barton, Local Transportation & Development
Mike Smith, Local Transportation & Development
David Gasking, Dover
Community Liaison Officer
Steve Henson, KHS(Jacobs)
3.1 Question session
- Are any improvements to the B2046
planned e.g. widening, improving the junction with A2 to reduce
congestion, creation of roundabout at entrance to Aylesham, particularly in view of Thanet traffic
and Aylesham expansion?
The developer for
the expansion will have to provide acceptable improvements; while
Highways cannot ask for a roundabout it could recommend refusal to
the Planning Authority (DDC)if the proposed T junction were to be
roads were not often gritted. Highways
to check whether on primary gritting route and report back.
- Two-way traffic round Market Square
will be catastrophic. Developers proposals are still being
examined, they need to prove it will work or could be a ground for
refusal. Evidence is required so
letters and photos to be sent to Planning Authority (DDC) e.g. room
for bus and lorry to pass without obstructing traffic flow.
- Suggestion that route from Dorman
North, Milner Road, Hyde Road and Cooting Lane be changed to provide a straight one
way out for HGVs. This could be feasible but was not in the
developer’s proposal so could not be commented on.
- Sutton Parish Council received
conflicting information regarding a piece of land previously owned
by Highways, passed to PC and developed but now disputed by another
land owner who moved fence, resulting in loss of walkway which was
reason for development. Deed of
Dedication completed in 1960s was not sufficiently
precise. Highways do not respond to
letters which is not acceptable when on a safety issue. Cllr Ferrin
undertook to investigate the matter.
- Lorries coming into UK fill up all
lay-bys on A2, A20 and M20 stopping vehicles pulling in and
contributing nothing financially towards congestion, mess and
damage. KCC acknowledged the problem
but could not itself take action, central government needed to
address the issue. An Operation Stack site was being sought off the
M20 which would also provide overnight lorry parking but a twelve
month Environmental Assessment had to be completed first. Also
investigating overnight lorry parking on the A2 corridor and nearer
to M25. Problem was likely to get worse; cost of Operation Stack
site would be about £40m and why should Kent have to pay for
entry of traffic to all UK. Many lorries
landing at Dover had reached end of tachograph time; police could move them on if there
was somewhere else for them to go that was free. Police cannot
enforce parking charges on lorries.
- How many road inspections are
carried out in Aylesham? Each defect found generates £250 and utility
companies are the main cause with as many as 10 defects in one
road. The utility companies are billed
and further details on this issue will be made available.
- Paving outside the flats on Market
Square has subsided; Highways and DDC have both been advised.
Believe that land is part Highways and part DDC owned. David Gasking to
investigate and contact Aylesham Parish
Parish Council: signage off A2 is in the wrong ...
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Summary of Evening
what was discussed and any actions to be taken away from the