Issue details

Sandwich Highways Depot

Update 09/03/2015:

DEFERRED: The disposals team at KCC are currently working on new plans for the site in order to ensure that the maximum value is secured; surveys are being carried out with a view to marketing the site in the future dependent on the outcome of those surveys.


Latest Update:

19/05/2014:Decision due date changed from 23/12/2013 to ‘Not before’ 01/11/2014.  REASON: The disposals team at KCC are currently working on new plans for the site in order to ensure that the maximum value for the site is secured.  Options appraisal work is underway and this work is expected to take approx. 6 months, therefore an expected decision date is set for November.


To seek approval to proceed with the disposal of the above site to raise a capital receipt which will be allocated to support the capital programme.


To seek approval to identify and progress with the acquisition of a new site for the service.


The Director of Property and Infrastructure Support will be authorised to finalise terms for both the disposal and acquisition of a new site.


This decision is needed to enable a modern highway service operation to be provided in the East Kent Area that is both reactive and responsive to changing demands. It directly supports 3 of the Bold Steps for Kent.


·   Firstly it helps deliver the “Kent Environment Strategy” by the provision of new environmentally friendly facilities (e.g. grey water) via the construction technique with the eventual adaptation of new work practices within the new depot.

·   Secondly it builds relations with key business sectors across Kent as the supply chain involved in such a project provides work to businesses of all sizes.

·   Thirdly by the better siting and provision of facilities for the new depot it ensures that the most robust and effective public protection arrangements are in place for road management including bad weather response.


The impact of the decision is that full assessment of the potential disposal of the site can be explored within the market place to ensure that best value principles are adhered to. In tandem a full search and feasibility study will be undertaken to identify a new location for the alternative highways depot which satisfies the above objectives.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Item Deferred

Notice of proposed decision first published: 31/12/2012

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - View reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
it is likely that the published record of decision will be accompanied by a report that is exempt from publication owing to the inclusion of sensitive financial information.

Department: Strategic & Corporate Services

Contact: Mark Cheverton, Property Strategy and Policy Manager Tel: 01622 – 696977 e-mail:  ,


The matter was considered by the Property Sub Committee of the Policy and resources Cabinet Committee at its meeting on 27th February 2013.  The proposed decision was endorsed by the Committee.


The report to committee was exempt from publication and consideration of it took place in private.


Public minutes can be viewed by clicking on the link below: