Chegworth Road kerb installations 2014/15
1) The kerb works were requested by a resident to protect his high earth bank, on a blind bend, on Chegworth road, and not by the Parish Council. The lane had been widened, over time, by large vehicles and tractors trying to pass on a narrow lane.
2) Kent Highways ( KCC) agreed that, in a non-emergency situation, Ulcombe Parish Council should have had the chance to be consulted on the scheme and advance notice should have been given . Prior consultation is important so the Parish Council can notify all residents about road closures, in advance, via its website and the monthly local Newsletter. Major road works and road closures ( non -emergency) involve the expenditure of public money and adversely affect local residents and businesses, so prior consultation is essential.
3) Ulcombe Parish Council, KCC, and the resident who requested the kerbs, all then agreed at a site meeting that slope kerbs would be installed. This would allow cars, in an emergency, to take evasive action by mounting the kerb without damaging their wheels, if confronted by oncoming lorries/tractors on a lane that has now in practice been narrowed and has made passing more difficult. Slope kerbs were agreed by all three parties for safety reasons and because they were more in keeping with a rural lane.
4) The recent work that has been undertaken on the kerbing was to make good on the original agreement for 45 degree splay kerbs. The Parish Council received many complaints regarding the first kerbs installed in the autumn due to the risk presented by the shape of the kerb face. It must be pointed out this work has not incurred any additional costs to the taxpayer.
5) At Little Chegworth, in order to protect the edge of the highway and a historic stone wall, slope kerbs and wooden bollards have been installed. Both the kerbs and the bollards have been installed off the highway and this has ensured that the road is slightly wider as the full width is now available without the edge ruts that were previously present.