Agenda item

Highway Works Programme 2021/22

Report JTB/21/06 updates Members on the identified schemes approved for construction.


Report JTB/21/06 updated members on the identified schemes approved for construction. 


Prior to members reviewing this report, James Bowen, (Interim Folkestone and Hythe District Manager for KCC) suggested that in line with other JTBs in the county, members direct their enquiries to the individual officer named within the Highways Report.  This can be done by phone or email.  The Chairman further suggested that copies of such emails are made to Mr Bowen and the district officer producing the minutes of JTB meetings for their records. 


Turning to the Highway Works Programme, the Chairman asked members for any comments section by section. 


Appendix A – Road, Footway and Cycleway Renewal and Preservation Scheme. 

Members mentioned surface conditions of Horn Street, Coast Road (Greatstone) and Cuckoo Lane (Postling).  Also Alkham Valley Road to A260 needed monitoring.  


Appendix C – Street Lighting

Mr Weatherhead had received an email from residents in Kingsway, Dymchurch about street lighting out for quite some time.  There seemed to be confusion about whose responsibility it was, KCC or FHDC.  Mr Paul Thompson, Highways Engineer, will look into this as he believes that the columns in Kingsway may not be in the main KCC agreement. 


A suggestion was made that FHDC street lighting columns could be included in the Street Lighting report for this committee.  Mr Thompson will endeavour to include a list, however, district repairs are normally carried out quickly meaning a list would become outdated.  For information Mr Thompson advised that FHDC own approximately 1100 columns but these are maintained by KCC.  There are probably no more than 24 columns which fall outside the KCC agreement. 


Ms Meade wanted assurance that any lighting repairs are now made with LED bulbs.  Mr Thompson will check with KCC. 


Appendix D – Transportation and Safety Schemes

Casualty Reduction Measures

Ms Meade had concerns about Dover Hill, New Dover Road and Black Bull Road and the speeding that seems to be occurring on these roads.  Ms Boorman said she would speak to Ms Meade after this meeting for a proposed solution. 


(Miss Susan Carey joined the meeting).


Externally Funded Schemes

Mr Weatherhead asked for an update on the Scanlons Bridge Scheme and the proposed zebra crossing on the A259 Dymchurch (Tesco).  He was surprised to see these schemes had not been included in this section.  Ms Boorman said she would email Mr Weatherhead with further details.


Appendix D2 – Active Travel funded Projects

Mr Weatherhead had safety concerns about Phases 5A and 5B, in that until Phase 5B is complete cyclists would have to continue onto the main road and pedestrians would have to cross a busy main road to join an existing pathway.  Ms Boorman will come back to Mr Weatherhead with an update. 


Appendix E – Developer Funded Works

Councillor Gane raised a query about the entrance/exit on Royal Military Avenue opposite St Marks Close.  He advised that work has started but had safety concerns.  Mr Bowen reiterated his earlier comment about contacting the relevant contact officer – in this case Aaron Divall.   


Councillor Gane also pointed out that The Nursery, West Road comes under Sandgate not Cheriton. 


Councillor Hobbs asked about the situation at Newingreen – the junction on A20 with Hythe.  Mr Bowen will come back with an update. 


Mr Weatherhead raised an update query on A259 Former Sands Motel site, he was advised to contact the relevant officer. 


Appendix F – Bridge Works

Hook Wall – the Chairman remarked that this road has been closed for over a year, residents are understandably frustrated by this continued closure.   Mr Bowen will come back to Mr Hills with an update. 


Appendix H – Combined Members Grant programme update

Tanner’s Hill – Mr Love believed speed monitoring would be required here as there seems to be little opportunity for vehicles to slow down from 40mph to 20 mph.  Ms Boorman was understanding, however funding would be a problem.  The Chairman suggested maybe the local police could help with the speed monitoring. 


Appendix I – Street Works

Mr Jeffrey commented that Southern Water have tarmacked a part of the pedestrianised area of Sandgate Road, Folkestone, instead of replacing the brick paving.  Mr Bowen was aware of this and that the area needs to be returned to its original state, he also requested photos to be emailed to him. 


Miss Carey did point out the spelling mistakes within the report, and asked if more care is taken over the spelling of road names and areas. 


Report JTB/21/06 was received and noted by all members




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