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20s Plenty for Faversham_Notes from Joint Transportation Board, 19th December 2016

MOTION
To accept the recommendations of the Working Group’s report:

1. A 20mph limit across the whole of Faversham to include required signage, social engagement and self-enforcing traffic calming.

2. Fund-raising to meet the expected cost of 60K

3. A town-wide consultation.

4. Ongoing monitoring to identify where compliance is achieved and where further work may be required.

5. The working group’s ongoing involvement in the implementation process.

6. Support of an independent consultant with experience of devising 20mph schemes that deliver.

See full report on pp69-85 of the Joint Transportation Board papers.

PROPOSER
Whiting
Congratulate group on thorough report.
First such working party.

Fully support broad scope of all the recommendations

Particularly the ongoing involvement of the group.
Leave to officers to consider further.
Like to see this come back to the JTB as quickly as possible.
A very good job, very well done.

CHAIR
Bowles
Draw attention to Helen Whately MP letter.

COMMENTS FROM SWALE BC AND KENT CC MEMBERS
Simmons
Member of working party.

Congratulate Amanda Russell on presentation.

Shows how passionately people in Faversham feel about this.

Wanted the report to come sooner to the JTB but also wanted to a thorough job.

Encourage JTB to be brave.

Understand it’s controversial, especially A2.

But needs to be done, esp because of future development.

At present there’s very little development south of the A2.
In the future, the A2 will become an internal road. No longer a bypass.
Something needs to be done and now is the time to progress this.
Air quality – lots of evidence that slowing vehicles so that there is less starting and stopping leads to better air quality.
In summary, there are implications for budgets but ask JTB to be brave and give this its full backing.

Henderson
Also a member of group.

Learned a lot through the process.

As you learn more, you learn how important it is.

A2 is important. Will no longer be a peripheral road.

Abbey School bridge – an alarming number of people are not using the bridge.
Not a simple safety issue.

Safety is important.

But its also about pollution.
It’s also about walking.

20mph for cars helps people make a 20minute walk across Faversham.

Will improve potential for cycling.

Just back from Bristol – heading towards 20mph and safe to walk.
Will bring a major benefit to everyone living in Faversham.
There is more than one stage in the process.

Creating a 20mph limit is the first step. Identifying other areas is the next step.
Hope committee will give it its full support and urge KCC to give it support and funding.

Baldock
Whereas supportive of all the recommendations, concerned some parts of borough going ahead without others.

Need to start looking at process for implementing across the borough.

It’s taken one year for Faversham so it will take many years for Sheppey and elsewhere.

Chances of getting KCC to fund this are virtually nil. Maybe community grant.

This council should make a decision to fund borough-wide.

£150-180k borough wide is worth serious consideration.
Propose amendment to make borough-wide.

Whiting
Accept amendment.

Macdonald
Also support this.

Catching up the USA – with restrictions.

Cost – don’t want to hear they haven’t got money.

£35-60k is a good investment

Get from enhanced value of land?

Well done to Faversham.

Palmer
I fully agree with everything that’s been said.

Down to JTB to grasp it and make it happen.

Only thing is enforcement.

It won’t stop persistent speeders.

Need to put pressure on enforcement authorities to make sure there’s proper enforcement.

Harrison
1. AQMA at Ospringe

What is SBC doing about it?

2. Enforcement – shouldn’t stop us pursuing things. Once it’s down to a few, police may let us have stingers.

Mulhern
Red dots worry me.

Four hot spots. Clusters are at pedestrian crossings.

We need pelicanised crossings as a quick fix.

Forbes Road is dangerous if a bus is turning.

All can be fixed with pelicanised crossings.

Other hotspot is St Mary’s Road.

But I support the scheme and would like the quick fix if we can get it.

Hunt
Congratulations.

Iwade looked at 20mph. Has money for signs. But Parish Council voted against as speeds were 26mph. Needs physical measures.

Pugh
Congratulate group – v professional.

Pity I wasn’t able to do it around schools.

There is a groundswell around UK.

Need enforcement – works extremely well in Minster. It works.

COUNTY OFFICER
Blackburn
Tend to work more in operations.

If someone else from transport came here then they would want to take it on. V good work.

Not much difference in accident rates between signals and zebras.

Need clarification on build up from 30 to 60.

Need further discussion about A2. Not saying impossible but needs further work.

CHAIR
Bowles
If approved, technically goes to KCC cabinet but should also go to Swale cabinet.

PROPOSER
Whiting
The support of people in the room is testament to the quality of the report.

VOTE TAKEN
To accept the recommendations of the Working Group’s report with an amendment to pursue a 20mph limit on residential streets across the borough.

Agreed unanimously.

Faversham Guildhall in Bloom

How can the space around the Guildhall in Faversham be improved?

How can the heart of the town look more attractive to residents and visitors alike?

How can vehicles be prevented from parking outside and blocking the view of the historic Guildhall?

How can outdoor dining be better accommodated?

How can more safe space be made for pedestrians?

In response to these questions Morrison Brink Stonor Architects has developed a proposal to extend the stone plinth beneath the Guildhall, thereby removing the space available for vehicles to park there. And we’ve added planters to further dissuade drivers.

This is a first sketch of the design concept. The planters could be differently shaped. They could be replaced with bollards. They could incorporate benches. There could be more of them or fewer of them. They could be on lockable wheels. Or the market could work around them.

There will be a cost to extending the plinth but the planters could be put in place first.

It’s a vision of how Faversham could be. And of course it’s a pleasant alternative to painting double yellow lines around the Guildhall, lines that won’t even stop vehicles parking in front of the Guildhall because Blue Badge holders will still be able to park on them.

Next steps are to consult with the Town and Borough Councils, Faversham Society and people generally. We’ve taken some initial soundings and had positive responses. Quite rightly several people said this could only go ahead if it didn’t interrupt the market. We have had an initial meeting with the Market Manager and the idea was well received since it makes the market bigger and better by removing vehicles and parking.