Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Highways and Footpaths Committee October 2016


Notes of a Meeting held on 25 October 2016 at the Jessel Room

Present: Cllrs David Boniface (Chairman), Mrs Angela Broom, Alan Foster, Antony Harris and

Mrs Susan Newsam.

 Apologies: Cllrs Phil Kirkby, Sean Gilder and Guy Sutton (overseas).

Declarations of Interest.  None.

Footpaths – PROW

Progress on Walkers are Welcome. There is no progress to report except to mention that the note previously agreed has appeared in the November Parish Magazine inviting email contact from interested residents. The email address is: [email protected]

Footpaths maintenance update 

See the attached Appendix which shows maintenance tasks completed and those still needing action.


A262 Station Road.   Volunteers have come forward and proposed cutting a path on a parcel of land, a swale, on the South verge along A262 behind the line of bollards west of the big ‘Reduce Speed Now’ sign.  The Clerk has written to KCC asking for their agreement for us to proceed with this work.  Post meeting note:  Kent Highways has responded by pointing out that the parcel of land in question is in private ownership.

B2079 Lady Oak Lane.  There was nothing to report on the walking/cycling path on the east side of B2079 on Forestry Commission land as proposed by the Bedgebury Road Residents Association.

A262 Church Road, Goudhurst at Tattlebury.  Following complaints from local residents, it was noted that two areas of excessive growth on two separate footways have been cleared after the Clerk contacted the respective landowners.

Highways and Parking

Bethany School Traffic Calming. The outcome from the recent residents’ meeting with the privately engaged traffic engineer was that Goudhurst Parish Council would support the consultation meetings recommendations to request:

–  a 20mph speed limit;

– the crossing (not a raised one) would be moved to a slightly straighter part of the road at the opposite end of the Girls’ Dormitory;

– the school would mount campaigns with pupils and parents to encourage safer driving..

Speed Indicator Device (SID).  Chairman, Highways & Footpaths Committee will be in touch with Kent Highways with regard to the proposed locations of the poles on which the portable SID can be mounted.  That is one east and one west of the junction of Beaman Close with Cranbrook Road, one in North Road and one on Balcombes Hill southbound at the junction with Tiddymotts Lane.

Beware Pedestrians signs on B2079 Bedgebury Road.  Chairman, Highways and Footpaths Committee will be in touch with Kent Highways with regard to how many signs are needed and where they should be placed.

B2079 Bedgebury Road Cycle Path.   It was recommended that Council should re-visit the idea of the off road cycle path alongside Bedgebury Rd in the area of the Bedgebury Forest.  This proposal should initially be put to  first port of call would be the cycling supremo for Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC), Bartholomew Wren.  Councillor Boniface will contact him to obtain advice and support.

Public Transport.

Bus Services Bill.   It was noted that this is making its way through Parliament.  It is not clear how this will affect Goudhurst, if at all.

Hop Pickers Line.

Constitution.  It was noted that the Constitution of this group, the Hop Pickers Line Heritage Group, had been adopted together with an updated Vision Statement.

Way-marking, Signage and Megalith.  This has been installed on the Solar Farm at Paddock Wood. The formal opening will take place on Tuesday 22 November.  The location of that has yet to be agreed and Members of Goudhurst Parish Council will be invited to attend.

Expenditure Budget Forecast; Highways & Footpaths Committee.  Having taken into account the Committee’s expenditure for 2015/16 and 2016/17, it was decided to submit a provisional expenditure budget of £9,177.00 for 2017/18.  This is an increase of £977.00 or 12% with the increase being largely due to the proposed improvements to WC31 across St Mary’s Churchyard.

These Minutes are subject to approval at the next meeting of Council

Clerk to the Parish Council

Anthony Farnfield MBE

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