Agenda and minutes

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No. Item


Apologies for absence


Apologies were received from Councillors Smith, Wilson and Wilson-Hamilton.


Substitute members



Councillor Carnac was present as a substitute for Councillor Wilson-Hamilton.


Councillor Eden-Green was present as a substitute for Councillor Smith.


Councillor Gower was present as a substitute for Councillor Wilson.



Declaration of Interests by Members or Officers

 TO RECEIVE any declarations for the following in so far as they relate to the business for the meeting:-


a.         Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

b.         Other Significant Interests (what were previously thought of as non-pecuniary Prejudicial interests)

c.         Voluntary Announcements of Other Interests


Voluntary Announcements of Other Interests not required to be disclosed as DPI’s or OSI’s, ie announcements made for transparency reasons alone, such as:

           Membership of outside bodies that have made representations on agenda items, or

           Where a Councillor knows a person involved, but does not have a close association with that person, or

           Where an item would affect the well-being of a Councillor, relative, close associate, employer, etc but not his/her financial position.


[Note: an effect on the financial position of a Councillor, relative, close associate, employer, etc; OR an application made by a Councillor, relative, close associate, employer, etc, would both probably constitute either an OSI or in some cases a DPI].



Councillor Rob Thomas made a voluntary announcement that item 7 (Highways Works Programme) lists a road near to his home.


Minutes of the meeting held on 21 March 2019 pdf icon PDF 103 KB


A request was made to amend the minute JTB179 to include the word recommend.


A request was made minute JTB173 to change wording on the declaration for Graham Gibbens to state Kent Cricket Club rather than Canterbury Cricket Club.


An issue was raised regarding the decision for minute JTB177 being overturned by the Kent County Council portfolio holder. The Chairman agreed this be heard under item 10 Any other urgent business to be dealt with in public. 


The amendments and the minutes were agreed by general assent.


Public Participation

Provided that notification has been given to Democratic Services by 12.30pm on the working day before the meeting, members of the public may speak on any item on the agenda for a maximum of three minutes.


The Chairman introduced the two registered speaker and they then spoke in turn. Grahame Harrison spoke with regard to the London Road Consultation.


It was clarified in answer to his question that the London Road bus stop would remain but be moved by a few metres to relocate it away from the junction. 


Martin Vye then spoke on behalf of the Canterbury Society with regard to the Highways Work Programme and 20 mph zones. It was supported by the Board that the promotion of 20mph zones should be included on the September Agenda.


London Road Consultation - Update pdf icon PDF 644 KB

TO NOTE the report from Michelle Matthews, Schemes Project Manager (Kent County Council)

Additional documents:


Jamie Watson, the Project Manager (KCC) introduced the report that gave a summary of actions and results of the consultation carried out in January that outlined the proposed footway improvements along the London Road. The Board discussed the report and the Project Manager gave clarification where required, the following points were raised:


·         The Board commended officers on a detailed and thorough consultation and support was given for putting the preservation of trees ahead of convenience.

·         The felled tree would be donated to the Fifth Trust, a Kent based charity for their woodwork project.

·         The felling of a single tree was necessary to allow freedom of movement along the path for pedestrians and especially wheelchair users and those with buggies.

·         It was clarified that the new trees would also be London Plane

·         It would be preferred that the work be completed by February 2020.


The board NOTED the report.



Highway Works Programme pdf icon PDF 147 KB



[Councillor Rob Thomas made a voluntary announcement that the Highways Works Programme lists a road near to his home]


The District Highways Manager (KCC) introduced the report and the following points were made:


·         Clarification was sought regarding Castle Road, the Parish was listed as Whitstable to Yorkletts which was a great distance, the District Highways Manager (KCC) agreed to check and respond directly.

·         Regarding Oaten Hill and St Margaret’s Street, a request was made for the replacement street light to be chased, it was agreed that the District Highways Manager (KCC) would do this.

·         A heritage lamppost in Castle Street had been knocked down, this would be added to the list

·         An issue was raised regarding page 51 Dover Streets reinstatement of footway the whole pavement has been replaced with tarmac which is out of context for the conservation area and Councillors have been contacted by several residents. It was clarified that this has been passed to planning enforcement.


The Board NOTED the report.


Monitoring of previous decisions pdf icon PDF 48 KB

The attached list indicates the current position regarding decisions on highway matters.


The District Highways Manager (KCC) introduced the report and invited the board to discuss any issues. The following points were made:


  • A request was made that Sturry Road Bus Lane (JTB 121) be looked at urgently and a timescale be given. It was confirmed that it is not expected that the scheme will proceed any further and was asked that the transport strategy and local plan therefore be amended accordingly. 
  • It was clarified with regard to the Riding Gate Underpass Consultation that the scheme had been reviewed and will be ready for discussion at the September meeting. 


The board NOTED the report.



Date of next meeting

Tuesday, 24 September 2019


Tuesday, 24 September 2019


Any other urgent business to be dealt with in public


Councillor Clark raised an urgent issue regarding Church Lane, Seasalter. The Board discussed the issue and the following points were made:


  • The road was in much need of improvement, especially since the development of a major new road and health facility in the area. 
  • The road served as a through road yet is only 2m wide and was experiencing severe overgrowth of vegetation, making it even narrower. 
  • The Board was made aware that it was currently under consultation to use Church Lane as the transfer route for patients from Seasalter doctor surgery to Estuary View which would further increase the traffic. 
  • There had been incidents of road rage and the need for constant reversing along the road to allow people to pass which is becoming dangerous. 
  • The speed limit had been cut from 60mph to 30mph but this does not go far enough
  • We need to protect our footpaths and public rights of way


It was proposed, seconded and when put to vote AGREED to recommend to Kent County Council that  Church Lane be taken be taken on by Kent Highways as a project for improvement in particular in way of widening and footpath. 


Record of the voting:

For: Clark, Carnac, Cook, Dance, Dawkins, Eden-Green, Gibbens, Gower, Harvey-Quirke, Linfield, Northey, Smith, Spooner, R.Thomas

Against: None

Abstained (2): Councillors Flack and I.Thomas


Reason for the decision: The road is not fit for purpose with the increased traffic flow and is becoming dangerous. The public cannot use the footpaths. Kent Highways should therefore explore improvement of the road and footpaths.



Councillor Eden-Green raised an issue regarding minute number JTB177 proposed parking restriction in Thanington


He explained that originally the yellow lines were implemented incorrectly, subsequently a new application was applied for which was refused by the Board in March as it was deemed as problematic. The decision was later overturned by the portfolio holder at Kent County Council.  It is now being requested that the yellows be implements and an experiment be conducted. 


It was agreed by general assent that in view of new membership of the Board that a report be made to the Board at the next meeting on the nature and placement of double yellow lines in the Thanington area. 




Any other urgent business which falls under the exempt provisions of either schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 or the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or both


There was no exempt urgent business dealt with on the night.