Highways Improvement Plan

December 2023:

Full Council 14th December

Resolution: To agree approval of the draft HIP as presented and submit to KCC Highways.

Cllr. Page reported that the information had been collated from the various engagements conducted with parishioners, with a total of 135 different issues raised. The five key areas identified were The Street and Common Road in Sissinghurst, A229 at Cranbrook Common, the High Street and Waterloo Road in Cranbrook. These key areas had been agreed at the Environmental Management meeting last month. A draft submission had been circulated to all Members prior to the meeting tonight. Cllr. Pethurst suggested that when submitting the HIP to KCC, that reference should be made to the Access and Movement section in our NDP, specifically referring to the policy on safer road conditions. Members also agreed to add a sixth hotspot to include Stone Street and all the remaining areas. The next step will be to present to KCC at which point funding will be a part of the discussions. Cllr. Page proposed the draft submission be approved as presented with the addition of the comments agreed this evening. This was seconded by Cllr. Hatcher and agreed.

HIP – Cranbrook and Sissinghurst – Jan 2024 – FINAL


November 2023

HIP Consultation – Summary & Next Steps – November 2023 PUBLIC COPY



 September 2023:

Information Gathering Completed
Three information gathering events took place in Cranbrook and Sissinghurst on 7 and 8 July. We asked residents to come along and submit details of issues that they would like to see addressed. Thank you to everyone who attended these events. People came from all over the parish, from Flishinghurst to Three Chimneys. We collected 35 individual forms on the weekend and have received more since. Common themes were:
• Stone Street, Cranbrook
• Common Road, Sissinghurst
• The Street, Sissinghurst
• The Hill, Cranbrook

Digesting the information
We will take away all the suggestions that you have given to us. The suggestions will be put into a draft plan using the KCC required format. We will discuss the draft plan with KCC to understand fully the issues: complexities of schemes, what further development work may be required (e.g. traffic surveys), costs and prospects of delivery.

 Creating the plan
The hard work then begins as we start costing everything.
We will need to assess the work involved in further surveys – volumes of traffic, incidents of injury or death, volume and extent of speeding and so on.
The parish council will prioritise the schemes, looking at those with the greatest impact and the most likelihood of success.
A further draft plan will be produced which will come back out to the community for discussion and consultation.
The finalised plan will then be submitted to KCC.

To read about the Highway Improvement Plan (HIP), click on image below:

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