Westerhill Rd closure 3 August for repairs
NEW TRAFFIC CALMING SCHEME
FOR COXHEATH HAS LARGELY BEEN IMPLEMENTED. THE PARISH COUNCIL HAS EXPRESSED ITS CONCERN TO KCC THAT THE BUILD OUT ON THE LINTON CROSSROADS SIDE HAS STILL NOT BEEN MOVED FAR ENOUGH BACK FROM PARKWAY.
The Parish Council has been negotiating with Kent County Council Highways for a long time to
find a solution to the problems of speeding traffic through the village centre and the need to improve
pedestrian safety for people crossing the Heath Road. We consulted residents, during the
Neighbourhood Plan process, over a proposed scheme, which included the introduction of a raised
table in the village centre and a ‘puffin crossing’ at the location of the existing ‘zebra crossing’.
The scheme now proposed for implementation will:-
* Remove all build-outs except the ones at the eastern and western approaches to the village.
These will be located further towards the village edge;
* Provide two raised ‘zebra’ crossings – one at the existing location and one opposite Londis
where many people cross the road. The two crossings will slow traffic, allow safe crossing
points either side of the crossroads and make it illegal to park on zigzag lines;
* Provide improvements to bus stops at the Pembroke Road junction and by the church;
* Provide two additional signs to encourage further slowing of traffic approaching the centre of
* Provide two uncontrolled pedestrian crossing either side of the village;
* Generally reduce signage in the village;
* Meet safety audit requirements;
* Enable implementation to commence during August this year.
This scheme differs from the one consulted upon in the Neighbourhood Plan process during
November and December 2013 in one key respect:-
* The raised table and ‘puffin’ crossing are replaced by two raised ‘zebra’ crossings because,
during the KCC detailed design process, a number of technical, timing and significant cost
overrun problems arose.
However, the scheme now described will:-
* Ensure that the improvements are delivered within budget;
* Allow work to start during the school summer holidays;
* Minimise disruption and avoid the need to close the village centre roads for over a month.
The Parish Council is grateful for your support in bringing this matter to a satisfactory conclusion.
Kent Highways is now designing the new traffic management scheme in detail, and has produced a programme that would see the works undertaken in the school summer holidays, and should be completed by the end of August.
Thank you to all those people who responded. An analysis of the response is given below. The response and specific comments have been discussed with Kent Highways, and they will now produce a detailed design early in the New Year.
TRANSPORT – HEATH ROAD TRAFFIC CALMING SCHEME
112 support the Revised Scheme (86%).
3 respondents feel that the puffin crossing should be outside Londis;
20 mph speed restriction through village centre;
Roundabouts at entrances opposite proposed developments on Heath Road;
Access/egress from Clockhouse Farm has safety implications for Georgian Drive;
Congestion at Linton Crossroads and no right turn filter from Heath Road to Linton Hill;
Would be better to remove it altogether;
Retain build-out on approach from East Farleigh to allow safer exit from Pembroke Road;
Enforce action on parking on double yellow lines by shops;
Move build-outs away from Woodlands and Park Way to allow safer left turn from these roads;
Replace existing interactive 30mph sign with one that shows actual speed;