Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Highways and Footpaths Committee 27 June 2017


Parish Council LogoMinutes of a Meeting held on 27 June 2017 at the Jessel Room

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

Mrs Susan Newsam.  Also Mrs Alison Scott (Footpaths Warden)

1 Member of the Public.

Apologies: Cllrs Alan Foster, Phil Kirkby and Guy Sutton.

Declarations of Interest.  None.

Footpaths – PROW

Waymarking.   The Chairman commended Mrs Alison Scott on her work as a Footpath Warden and particularly her work on waymarking.

WC43 Land at Whites.  Council has been consulted on an application to slightly divert this PROW.  This Committee noted that the proposal is an improvement and recommends to Council that Council should support the application to KCC.

Goudhurst Parish Walkers Maps.  The Chairman reported that a further 200 had been printed.  He noted that we can expect no support from TWBC on mapping matters in the future.


Footway on A262 Station Road from Ranters Lane  junction to Bluecoats Lane Junction.  By Minute 082/17 of 12 June 2017 Council had resolved to approach Fernham Homes, the developer of 7 new homes on the former Goudhurst Service Station site in Station Road, Goudhurst.  TW/15/504550 refers.  The request will be for funding to establish a footway between Ranters Lane and Bluecoats Lane. Following discussion on this matter it was agreed to recommend to Council that Council contacts Fernham Homes to request a meeting to discuss funding by Fernham Homes for this project.

Highways and Parking

Ham’s Travel coaches parking on the A21 laybys at Flimwell.    A letter from Highways England dated 23 May 2017 was considered.  It was noted that Highways England has established bollards on the verges of the A21 near to Ham’s premises to prevent parking there.  However they point out that there are no parking restrictions in the laybys and it is unlikely that restrictions will be introduced due to the difficulty in both applying for and enforcing such a restriction.

Speed limit reduction on A262 Cranbrook Road.  The Clerk is in touch with Kent Highways and has lodged a request for a speed reduction. We await a response from Michael Hardy, Highways Schemes Engineer.  In the meantime the Clerk will mail all residents on A262 east of Goudhurst as far as Four Wents Farm to ask them to keep a log of all traffic incidents on that stretch of road.

Junction of B2084 Chequers Road and B2079 North Road, Goudhurst.   Council has received a request from a local resident whose property is immediately adjacent to this junction.  The request is to establish some traffic calming to slow traffic southbound on B2079 turning into B2084.  It was noted that The Clerk had raised the issue with Kent Highways who are unable to consider any such scheme due to the lack of funding.  The Clerk informed the Committee that County Cllr Sean Holden is aware of this matter.

Tackling excessive speeds on rural roads.  Cllr David Boniface is to contact County Cllr Sean Holden to express this Council’s views.

Extra Parking in Goudhurst.  It was noted that the Goudhurst Social Club has a new management Committee.  It was agreed to recommend to Council that an approach be made again to seek the Social Club’s agreement to allow a limited amount of public parking (by permit) in their car park for a suggested annual fee.

Road Signs and Nameplates.

Larger “P” sign at The Plain. Kent Highways District Manager has pointed out there is insufficient room on the existing pole to accommodate a large ‘P’ sign.  Chairman H&F Committee will organise a site visit to seek a solution.

Road and Street Naming

Former Sargeants Garage, Station Road, Goudhurst.   Council has been consulted by TWBC and they require a response by 12 July 2017.  The developer has proposed the name ‘Market Place Close’ for the development on this site.  The Committee was unanimous in their dislike of this proposal.  They belive that there has never been a market there although at one time there may have been cattle pens for livestock being moved on the railway.   The Chairman will check with the Goudhurst & Kilndown Local History Society but in the meantime Members suggested ‘Hope Mill Close’ since that area is known as Hope Mill.

Recharging Facility for Electric Vehicles.

It was noted that  Members of this Committee are keen to explore the possibilities of introducing such a facility into Goudhurst.  Cllr Susan Newsam will carry out some initial investigations. And report ack.

Bedgebury Residents Association

There was nothing to report as the Minutes of the Association’s meeting on 27 May have apparently  not been published yet.

The meeting closed at 8.40 pm.

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

Clerk to the Parish Council

Anthony Farnfield MBE

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