Venue: Herne Bay Baptist Church, 105-109 High Street, Herne Bay CT6 5LA
Contact: Maria Short
01227 862009, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet and greet session
Meet and greet session, with formal business
starting at 7pm.
A meet and greet session took place for the
first thirty minutes of the Forum.
Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence had been received from
City Councillors Cook and Watkins and County Councillor I
An apology for lateness had been received from
Declarations of any interests by councillors or officers
Councillors are reminded that
the code of conduct as set out in the constitution still applies at
these meetings. This means you are required to make declarations
relating disclosable pecuniary interests and other significant
interests and that you should consider any other voluntary
announcements you would like to make.
The Chairman made a voluntary announcement
that he had recently been on a speed awareness course.
Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 11 June 2019 PDF 69 KB
To confirm the minutes as a true record.
The minutes of the previous meeting were
confirmed as a true record.
Town wide 20mph speed limit for Herne Bay PDF 97 KB
This discussion topic was requested by the
To note the report of the
Transportation Team Leader.
Ruth Goudie, the
Transportation Team Leader was in attendance to introduce the
report on the town wide 20mph speed limit for Herne Bay.
She explained that
the authority to implement speed limits lies with Kent County
Council and the difference between a speed limit and speed zone. A
speed limit being signage and a speed zone having signage and
additional traffic calming measures such as speed bumps and
chicanes. The method to implement a speed limit trial would
be to make a specific recommendation to the Joint Transportation
Board (which includes the County Councillors who represent the
Canterbury district) which would be able to consider the
The Forum noted the
report and commented on the proposal for a town wide speed limit
for Herne Bay with the Transportation Team Leader providing points
of clarification where required; comments included:
20mph speed limits should only be implemented on
appropriate roads, i.e. near schools, accident hot spots,
The main issue was considered to be the behaviour
and attitude of those speeding and could be addressed by
implementing speed limits or zones with chicanes.
More police were needed to enforce speed limits,
however it was confirmed that the provision of police resources was
out of the city council’s control and that speed zones were
designed to be self enforcing.
If a lower speed limit were to be implemented there
would need to be budget allocation to allow for any speed zones to
be removed if they were unsuccessful.
If a trial was successful, the implementation of
other limits or zones should interconnect with each other to avoid
fragmented speed limits throughout the town.
Herne Bay is becoming popular with tourists and
pedestrians, a restrictive speed limit would slow traffic down and
provide an opportunity to do something for the area and encourage
cyclists on the roads but it would need to be
Introducing low speed limits could be an opportunity
to encourage greener areas, lower emissions and a slower pace in
line with the city council’s agenda to address climate
A Herne Bay speed watch could be established with a
camera to measure the speeds and contact KCC with the information
gathered which would reduce costs. One way streets, chicanes and
increased on street parking would also help to keep speeds
Some members of the public commented that some of
the detail of the report, particularly related to the policies of
KCC, is out of date. It was confirmed that the city council
had requested an update from the county council but no response had
The Forum can recommend a trial area to see if it
works and ask the Joint Transportation Board to look at this
request, to implement a speed limit for the whole of Herne Bay
would have a huge cost and need careful consideration.
The relevant information regarding suitable roads
would be held by the county council, who would know which roads or
streets would be suitable for a speed limit trial, the
view the full minutes text for item 388.
To note the following items for future
meetings of the forum:
Litter and Flytipping presentation
Annual On-Street Parking Review
Please note that the Local Plan Review and
ambitions for the Town has been removed from the future items list
for now, as there is a formal approach to the Local Plan
consultation and the Policy & Resources Committee will consider
the Local Plan review timetable in the Autumn.
The future items were noted.
Monitoring sheet PDF 48 KB
To note the monitoring sheet.
The monitoring sheet was noted with a member of the
Forum highlighting that the change of location of the funfair was
welcomed and had a positive impact on neighbouring
Date of next meeting
6.30pm on Tuesday, 19 November 2019 at the
Herne Bay Baptist Church, 105 High Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5LA.
6:30pm on Tuesday, 19 November 2019.
Any other urgent business to be heard in public
Some members of the
public raised concerns regarding the management of Herne Bay Pier,
however councillors confirmed that the operation of another
organisation was outside of the Forum’s remit and could not
It was then queried
by a member of the public how the city council, as landlord of the
Herne Bay Pier, were dealing with the management of the pier given
the concerns raised and how it could be considered to be a negative
representation of a council asset. The Head of Property and
Regeneration confirmed that the council has a lease in place with
the trust but the Forum was not the appropriate platform to discuss
Any other urgent business to be heard following the exclusion of the press and public
It will be necessary to pass a resolution to
exclude the press and public before business can be taken under
There was no other urgent business to be heard
following the exclusion of the press and public.