Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Highways & Footpaths Committee Agenda June


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To:  Cllrs David Boniface (Chairman), Mrs Angela Broom, Chris Ditton, Alan Foster, Phil Kirkby, Mrs Susan Newsam and Guy Sutton.   Cllr Antony Harris (ex-officio).  

I summon you to a Meeting of the Highways & Footpaths Committee to be held at the Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall on Tuesday 26 June 2018 at 7.30pm when the following business will be considered: 

Members of the Public and the Press are welcome to attend this meeting.  At the Chairman’s discretion members of the public may be invited to speak for a maximum of 3 minutes each relating to items on the Agenda.  Please state your name and address prior to speaking.  Smoking is not allowed during Council meetings.  Please switch off mobile phones.

Anthony Farnfield     ………………………………………………………………..

Clerk 19 April 2018


The South Oast at Smugley Farm, Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst TN17 2QU

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Quorum for Highways Committee:  3 Members


See additional detailed notes from the H&F Committee Chairman (attached).


1. Apologies for Absence as reported at the meeting.

2. Declarations of Interest 

Members are reminded to declare any Personal or Prejudicial Interests relating to the business to be discussed in accordance with Council’s Standing Orders.  

3. PROW – Footpaths

Committee Chairman to report on outstanding matters.  See the attached spreadsheet.

4. Footways

a.  Following a meeting with the land owners on 12 June 2018, the Chairman will present an update on the proposed Permissive Footpath through the swale at the Junction of Station Road and Bluecoats Lane. 

b. The Chairman will report on progress with the request for increased funding from Fernham Homes to be approved by Council.

5. Roads and Parking

The Chairman will report on: 

a. Progress relating to the Technical Report from our consultant to Kent County Council (KCC) that the A262 should be re-classified as a ‘B’ road.

b. A challenge by a local resident that as a ‘B’ road developers may find it easier to get planning permission for new developments.

c. The Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).  Council to clarify with our consultant that the proposed TRO will aim to limit the length of HGVs rather than weight.

The maximum individual truck length is 12 metres, articulated truck and trailer length is 16.5 metres and road trains are allowed up to 18.75 metres.

d. A262: Implications if the Port of Dover port implements HGV constraints with Brexit.

e. The H&F Committee Chairman’s request for a copy of the  South East News item on HGVs through Sissinghurst and Goudhurst.

f. A21. A meeting with Highways England is being arranged relating to the application to

change speed limit on the Bewl Water to Stonecrouch by a local resident. 

g. Goudhurst Name Sign with Kent Invicta.  Examples with High Weald Symbol/Text


h. Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points.   Cllr Mrs Susan Newsam to report on progress. 

i. SID installation:

• Contractor identified for initial 3-month development phase. For approval by Council.

• Need to set date for initial installation and training session (on Cranbrook Rd) 

j. Goudhurst Tennis Club Traffic problems:

• Blocked drains on roadside verge parking area (see photos at this meeting)

• Need for ‘Warning – Children signs’

6. Fire hydrant survey 

Cllr Alan Foster will present a report. 

7. Hop Pickers Line

• To note that the next meeting is the AGM at Cranbrook Town Hall on Tuesday 17 July 2018 at 13:30 hrs.

• To note that the Goudhurst version of Information panel has been printed.  Councillors to bring forward suggested sites for  installation. 

8. Public Transport

To note that there is a KCC Bus Consultation from 13 June to 08 August 2018.

“We want to find out if there is an innovative and sustainable way of providing transport to rural communities in Kent and we want to explore our ideas with you.” 

See  www.kent.gov.uk/bigconversation

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