Issue details

23/00099 - Active Travel Capital Funding Grant update (Tranches 2, 3 and 4)

Proposed decision


The Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport is asked to give approval to take the Active Travel Capital Fund Grant projects through their various stages of scheme development and delivery of the remaining schemes (specifically Gravesham, Folkestone, Sevenoaks, Herne Bay and Faversham):



  1. Approval to undertake the detailed design and any associated surveys required to inform the design of these remaining schemes;


  1. Approval for KCC officers to project manage, input into the delivery and supervision of the projects, with the cost of all staff and consultant time being recoverable against the DfT project funding;


  1. Approval to progress all statutory approvals or consents required for the schemes;


  1. Approval to implement permanent Traffic Regulation Orders, if required as such associated with any speed limit reductions, subject to completing the statutory consultation process associated with Traffic Regulation Orders;


  1. Approval to carry out any additional consultation/engagement as required for the schemes;


  1. Approval to enter into construction contracts as necessary for the delivery of the schemes subject to a review of the procurement strategy by the Strategic Commissioning team;


  1. Approval for any further decisions required to allow the schemes to proceed through to delivery to be taken by the Corporate Director of Growth, Environment & Transport under the Officer Scheme of Delegations following prior consultation with the Cabinet Member.



Reason for Decision:


Under decision 21/00002 the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport agreed to proceed with design and construction of the Tranche 2 Hythe scheme which has now been completed. 


Under decision 21/00066 the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport agreed to develop alternative design and consultation of Tranche 2 schemes at Thanet, Folkestone and Gravesham.


Under decision 21/00118 the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport agreed to proceed with the design and construction of the Tranche 2 Canterbury scheme which is nearing completion. 


There are no records of decisions relating to Tranches 3 and 4 at this stage.


To ensure that the Active Travel programme of schemes can progress to time, a further decision is required for approval to plan and spend the DfT Active Travel Grant funding that has been allocated for the remaining schemes on our programme (Tranche 2, 3 and 4).



Background Information:


The Department for Transport awarded Kent County Council £6.098m for five named active travel schemes across the County under Tranche 2.  KCC were awarded a further £1.3million of capital funding under Tranche 3 for two named schemes (Herne Bay and Sevenoaks) and a further £1.569m under Tranche 4 to construct one scheme (Faversham cross town walking route) and develop five more schemes to detailed design.


How the proposed decision meets the challenges in Framing Kent’s Future: 


Delivery of Active Travel Schemes directly contributes to Priority 2; Infrastructure for Communities by ensuring residents have access to strengthened, viable, sustainable and attractive travel options including walking and cycling.  Active Travel contributes to overall public health in line with ‘Securing Kents Future’ budget management paper.


Financial Implications


The DfT grants under all Tranches will fully cover both the capital and revenue costs associated with the schemes as per concept ideas/designs; the schemes’ costs are scalable to suit the budgets available. These costs are split as follows:









Change Control submissions have been agreed for all schemes and has proven to be flexible so long as funds are committed to schemes, currently set at January 2024 to have all spend committed with no concerns raised with this.




Spend by April 2024 currently on track.




Spend to be committed by March 2024 but change control options to extend this are available with constant dialogue with Active Travel England taking place


There are no revenue implications to KCC, Change Control with the DfT via Active Travel England can take place to adjust projects within the Programmes.



Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Notice of proposed decision first published: 31/10/2023

Decision due: Not before 29th Nov 2023 by Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport
Reason: To allow the required 28 day notice period under Executive Decision arrangements

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Lead director: Haroona Chughtai

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

Contact: Nikola Floodgate, Road Safety and Active Travel Group Manager Email: or 03000 416239 Email:


Public consultation:


Initial high-level consultation of the Tranche 2 schemes took place between 9th December and January 2021.  A second more detailed consultation on Tranche 2 was carried out between 19th September and 25th October 2021.


Communication with residents, businesses and stakeholders for further schemes under Tranche 3 and 4 were also carried out (Herne Bay, Sevenoaks and Faversham). Public meetings and exhibitions have taken place for all the schemes before they have progressed to construction.  A live consultation is currently underway for Gravesham that closes on the 5th November 2023:


Cabinet Committee Consultation:


The proposed decision will be considered at the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 15th November 2023


Financial implications: As detailed above.

Legal implications: None at this stage.

Equalities implications: Equalities implications: An EQIA screening has been carried out as part of the each of the scheme designs and consultation work and will be regularly updated and shared online via Data Protection implications: None at this stage