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'Many thanks to all who took the time to provide feedback to Kent County Council following their recent HGV weight limit consultation.
The vast majority (over three quarters) voted in favour of the proposals.
The engineers and highways officers are in the process of reviewing comments both for and against and will announce the final outcome and next steps shortly. The strength of ill feeling towards Highways England and their inaction to agree to signage on the A2 is a recurring theme. This has been raised at district and county council level as well as to Charlie Elphicke MP.'
Dover District Council is urging residents to respond to Kent County Council’s consultation on its draft Local Transport Plan 4, and to have their say on proposals for making the A2 a dual carriageway all the way to Dover.
“We must keep the pressure up on central Government to fund the upgrading of the A2 and making it a dual carriageway all the way to Dover. This would link with the plans for the Lower Thames Crossing which will see more traffic using the A2.
“What we need is joined-up thinking from Government to realise the potential of improvements to the A2, and how it can address future growth in port traffic, as well as supporting the wider growth and regeneration agenda in Dover and East Kent.”
Residents can view the draft Local Transport Plan 4: Delivering Growth Without Gridlock 2016-2031, and complete a short questionnaire by 30 October 2016 on the Kent County Council website. Click here for a direct link to the consultation.
To test the East Coast tidal surge plan in the Littlestone area Kent Resilience Team are holding an exercise to test all the personnel and agencies involved in an emergency. They require at least 200 volunteers, if you are interested please click here
Pentland Homes have put in a outline planning application under the number DOV/16/00675. This parcel of land is not part of the original Monkton Court Lane application site which has already been refused.
To view the application and log your comments visit the DDC website, click here
At the top left there is a Search tab, pull down the menu and click on planning, then advanced search. Type in 16/00675 which will take you to all the documents and where you have a chance to make a comment using the yellow "make a comment" button on the right hand side.
For the safety of the public and workforce during works to construct a new roundabout, Kent County Council has made an Order to impose traffic restrictions on part of the A256 Whitfield Bypass, Whitfield, Dover.
A temporary mandatory 40 mph speed limit will be imposed at all times in both directions on A256 Whitfield Bypass, from the roundabout junction with A2 Trunk Road northwards to a point in the vicinity of the bridge where Archers Court Road crosses Whitfield Bypass. The 40 mph speed limit applies when the relevant signs are clearly displayed on site, and is in conjunction with carriageway closures and a contra-flow traffic system. The 40 mph limit comes into force from Monday 11 July 2016 and remains in force until works have been completed, for a period currently estimated to be up to 30 weeks.
There will be a need for 3 overnight closures of Whitfield Bypass. This is so that the contra-flow traffic management can be initially imposed, subsequently re-positioned during works then finally lifted at the end of the works. The dates of the 3 closures will be notified by advance signage on site at least 7 days beforehand. The actual dates will depend on progress with the works.
A256 Whitfield Bypass will be closed in both directions from the roundabout junction with A2 Trunk Road northwards to the junction with Sandwich Road. Closures will be from 19:00 hours through until 06:00 hours each night, with each closure lifted as soon as works completed and it is safe to do so.
The alternative route during A256 Whitfield Bypass closures is via A2 Trunk Road, Duke of York Roundabout, A258 Deal Road / Dover Road / The Strand/Victoria Road/Ranelagh Road (Prince of Wales Terrace and Deal Castle Road for southbound diversion) Beach Street / Broad Street / Queen Street / London Road / Sandwich Road / Deal Road, A256 Sandwich Road / Eastry Bypass and Whitfield Bypass.
The White Cliffs Walking Festival has been organised to promote walking as an enjoyable, interesting and healthy pastime, to include walks for a wide variety of people, from young people, to families, in fact to all ages, in fact anyone who enjoys a walk and enjoys the beautiful countryside we live in. Most walks are free.
"We have chosen 39 walks across the District, some short, some long, some in between. We aim to make it more than a walk..... an experience. Each walk has a theme to add interest, whether it is something to do with the area's history, heritage, archaeology, and/or to experience some of the beautiful countryside and scenery, or just some other interest, for example a gentle stroll at Samphire Hoe to know more about the habitat and history of the area.
Some walks may start, or finish or pass through your Parish, but also many other walks are within easy reach."
These are very friendly and sociable occasions, walking at a pace to suit the individual. Walk leaders are highly experienced and knowledgeable.
For further information, please check: www.whitecliffswalkingfestival.org.uk
The Parish Council are receiving complaints from residents about inappropriate and obstructive parking, especially on busy junctions. Kent Police can enforce the following:
Road Traffic Act section 22 states you must not leave your trailer or vehicle in a dangerous position or where it causes an unnecessary obstruction of the road.
The Highway Code clause 243 states no parking opposite or within 32 ft (10m) of a junction.
For more information on parking around dropped kerbs, click here
The Parish Council are interested in anyone wishing to run their own allotment. If there is enough interest the Adelaide Road site (formally the skate board park) can be converted into allotments for members of the local community to use. Please express an interest by emailing the Clerk using the 'email' link on the left hand side of this page.
To report a trader or product to Kent County Council - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Free impartial, practicable advice on consumer issues - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Telephone 03454 04 05 06 or click the link citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer
The Parish Council are looking to start up a working group to look at the speeding issues in this area. If you would like to join a working group or have any ideas you would like to put forward. Please contact either the Clerk or Cllr Marc Sluder.
The appeal against DDC's refusal for the erection of 20 dwellings with associated car parking, access, garaging and landscaping at land at Monkton Court Lane, Eythorne, CT15 4BS has been DISMISSED
Well done everyone who wrote letters and objected against the planning application.
The appeal against DDC's refusal for the erection of a wind turbine with a maximum height of 100m and associated infrastructure at Barville Farm, Barville Road, TIlmanstone CT15 5BQ has been DISMISSED
Well done everyone who wrote letters and objected against the planning application in paticular the EWTAG who worked tirelessly to fight this construction.
A huge thank you to all those who attended the ceremony on Thursday. A beautiful, poignant service was held at 11am, with music from the Eythorne Silver Band, and a bugler and piper from the Gurkha Regiment. Lord Boyce made a heartfelt speech and Rev Ashman's words and prayers were very special. The Parish Council are very proud that the fallen men have finally got the honour they deserve. The East Kent Railway Tearoom's refreshments were very welcome, as well as the trip to Shepherdswell on the train, that Lord and Lady Boyce also enjoyed.
The East Kent Mercury has a double page spread in the 1 October edition and Meridian News report can still be viewed here
A Designated Public Places Order controls the consumption of alcohol in public places in specified areas. The Order is commonly, but incorrectly, referred to as an alcohol exclusion zone.
The effect of the Order is that a Police Constable may require a person to stop drinking alcohol in a public place within the designated area. Any person so required, but who refuses to stop, commits an offence which could result in them being arrested. Drinking alcohol in a designated area is not in itself an offence. The offence is created if any person refuses to stop drinking once required to do so by a Police Constable. Any enforcement of this law is carried out entirely at the discretion of the police.
The Parish Council are asking for people to stop driving across and around the recreation ground in Elvington. Mounting the kerb and driving onto the grass is not providing a safe environment to live in. If you witness cars or motorbikes on the grass please pass on any information to the Community Warden Julliette West, PCSO Tom Tucker-Smyth or the Clerk, so that together we can keep the village safe.
The Parish Council have recently been given the following information from Coastal Oil and Gas regarding exploratory boreholes:
"...Guston, Shepherdswell and Woodnesborough have all been surrendered but we have retained Tilmanstone area. I need to go through the process of telling Kent CC and the District and Parish Councillors as a matter of courtesy before holding a public meeting. Our intention is to drill an exploration hole in the coal measures. There are 14 main coal seams in Kent, Numbers 1-7 were fairly well worked but 8-14 are more or less unworked so we want to sample these lower seams."