Here are some local issues we have identified as parish residents ourselves, problems that our neighbours have told us about and through our community consultation.

If you think we’ve missed something, please add it in the Comment box below.

A Neighbourhood Plan cannot change the past but it can help to ensure that we learn from it and do not repeat past mistakes. Some issues may fall outside the scope of the Neighbourhood Plan which can only address future development and land use but if they impact on the day to day life of residents it may be helpful for us to know about them. These will be compiled in a Community Action Plan. This will be annexed to the Neighbourhood Plan and will form a useful evidence base for the Parish Council in their future decisions.

Housing
  • The size and location of new housing developments must maintain the balance and proportion of what we already have.
  • The rural character and identity of our residential areas are at risk from future development. We must protect what is important to us. Elements of the Parish Design Statement should be incorporated into the Neighbourhood Plan.
  • The impact of building on the areas proposed for development on the existing community. For example, the impact of increased traffic resulting from the proposed Lenacre Farm development on the residents of Sandyhurst Lane.
  • Past development in Goat Lees has been conducive to anti-social behaviour and made it difficult to maintain the integrity of communal areas. Some of the alley ways serve no use. There must be no continuation of the past poor design decisions in future developments.
  • A need for local affordable housing for local people.
  • A need for suitable housing for the older people.
Environment
  • The rural setting of our parish is coming under threat from urban sprawl. New development could blur our existing settlement boundaries. For example, the northern side of Sandyhurst Lane, previously seen as the boundary between urban and rural, is exposed to development unless it is formally designated as a green space.
  • Our key green spaces, landscapes and important views (both looking into and out of communities) must be protected and preserved for future generations. Examples include the village green at Boughton Lees, and the green entrances to Goat Lees and Boughton Aluph.
  • Parish development boundaries, i.e. urban versus rural, need to be clearly defined so as to contain our parish boundaries within a green envelope/necklace.
  • The redevelopment of the golf course at Sandyhurst Lane would be a loss of both a local sports resource and an important green space and boundary on the south side of the parish.
  • Important wildlife sites must be protected. Maintaining linked green spaces and habitat corridors are essential to support the movement of local wildlife.
  • Litter is a problem around the Goat Lees parade of shops and alley ways. Fly tipping is a problem on quiet rural lanes.
Traffic & transport
  • At times, traffic levels on the A251 and other roads in the parish are very high leading to congestion. There are strong concerns about the impact of future development on the already stretched road infrastructure.
  • Speeding traffic on the A251 as it passes through residential areas.
  • Heavy goods vehicles using narrow local roads in our parish as a cut through between major roads and use of A251 as a motorway to motorway link.
  • The planned future expansion of the Eureka business park will bring significant additional traffic to some of our local roads.
  • Flooding in rural lanes, such as Pilgrims Way.
  • Public transport is limited in some parts of our parish. There are no bus shelters for schoolchildren and other passengers travelling from Boughton Aluph.
  • Local footpaths are not adequately signed or maintained.
  • More cycle paths would be welcome.
  • Potholes.
Infrastructure
  • There is no mains gas, drainage or sewerage in the rural parts of the parish.
Connectivity
  • The existing communications infrastructure is patchy. Not all parts of the parish are able to obtain fast or superfast broadband, severely affecting home working, schoolchildren and small businesses.
Business & employment
  • There is a need to attract quality business development in the parish which offers aspirational, perhaps high tech, employment opportunities for the local community, especially the young.
  • Parking has been a concern in Goat Lees in the past. Future development of the Eureka business park must include adequate parking provision to prevent overflow onto local roads.
Community services, culture & leisure
  • Our recreational spaces must not be lost to development. These essential facilities must be preserved for the community. They must be of appropriate size and well maintained.
  • A new GP surgery would be welcome in the parish so residents do not have to travel far for these services.
  • Local amenities such as shops, community halls and features like the village pub at Boughton Lees are very important to local people and must be maintained.
Heritage
  • The parish has some important heritage assets. The historic environment must be protected to be enjoyed by future generations.
  • Ancient woodlands (Lake Wood, Tile Lodge Wood and King’s Wood) must be safeguarded together with trees that are subject to preservation orders.
  • Retaining a historic park at the heart of the parish is essential to the rural character of our community and provides an important green space.
  • Footpaths of national and international significance run through our parish, most notably the North Downs Way. These routes and the heritage landscape they pass through must be preserved to be enjoyed by local people and visitors.
  • Large areas of the parish have been identified as having archaeological potential.

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6 thoughts on “Local Issues

  • June 15, 2015 at 12:53 pm
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    You have correctly identified that:
    At times, traffic levels on the A251 and other roads in the parish are very high leading to congestion. There are strong concerns about the impact of future development on the already stretched road infrastructure.
    And that:
    Heavy goods vehicles using narrow local roads in our parish as a cut through between major roads and use of A251 as a motorway to motorway link.

    In addition to these I wish to bring to your attention the particular issue of the speeds of vehicles of all types using the Wye Road – particularly along the section between The Baptist Chapel and The Green. This activity not only causes disturbance to Residents but also represents a threat to their safety and that of other pedestrians (locals, walkers, tourists etc) who frequently traverse the route. The section closest to The Green is a narrowed road with blind access and no pavement or escape route for pedestrians, and there is strong support amongst the Residents for these issues to be recognised and addressed. It is worth noting that the recent Traffic Survey commissioned by the Parish Council did not reflect the concerns of the local residents in these regards.

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    • June 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm
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      Thank you Alan for taking the time to bring this to our attention. This is exactly the type of feedback we need. We are going to be setting up a Traffic and Transport working group in the near future. I shall ensure that this issue is on their agenda.

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  • June 30, 2015 at 3:44 pm
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    On the subject of traffic volumes on the A251 I am concerned that if a new Thames crossing is developed east of Dartford this will add to vehicles travelling north/south on existing routes rather than travelling M20 / M25 to/from Dartford. If that crossing is considered seriously we should make sure that there is a proper North/south route, suitably engineered for heavy commercial vehicles.
    That in itself could relieve pressure on the A251.

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  • February 23, 2016 at 12:55 pm
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    why have the M2 words been removed from the signage up through Trinity ROAD and even off the top one on Faversham Rd ?

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    • February 23, 2016 at 9:46 pm
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      Thank you for your question Sandy. I understand this was done to reduce the number of vehicles, in particular Heavy Goods Vehicles, using Trinity and Faversham Roads as a link between the M2 and M20 motorways.

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