Respondents to the Neighbourhood Plan Survey flagged 9,030 concerns about traffic and road safety on roads across our parish.

In response we are consulting on possible solutions to local traffic and road safety problems so that the Parish Council can petition Kent County Council Highways with a traffic management plan for our parish based on the preferred option(s) of residents.

To start this process, on 5 November 2016, we held was a joint event with Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Residents’ Association to ask residents of Boughton Lees and Boughton Aluph to consider what traffic management solutions will help to improve road safety in and around the village. You can see a copy of the presentation here.

Results of Boughton Aluph consultation

60 people attended the consultation event. 55 completed a questionnaire. Respondents were asked to rank six potential traffic management options in order of importance and then to prioritise the options. The results were as follows:

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Highest priority

More than half of respondents wanted a reduction in local speed limits by ranking it as their first or second priority. Lower speed limits were the top priority for more than twice as many people than any other option. Respondents ranked the three speed limit options in the following order of importance:

  • 20mph on residential sections of Wye Road, The Lees and Pilgrims Way
  • 30mph on Wye Road between the Baptist Chapel and Kempes Corner
  • 30mph on the residential stretch of A251 Faversham Road through Boughton Lees
Lowest priority

Nearly half of respondents ranked the creation of a shared space on Wye Road as being in their bottom two priorities.

Ranking of other options

Other options are so close that one has to look at how they ranked in people’s top three priorities, which broadly shows the order of support as:

  • Introducing traffic islands on A251 Faversham Road
  • Redesign the junction of The Lees and Wye Road
  • Junction control by traffic lights or roundabout at Kempes Corner
  • Redesign the junction of A251 Faversham Road and The Lees

You can read all of the comments we received here. If you missed the event or want to say something about the results of the consultation, please post a comment below.

Volunteers

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Respondents were asked how they might be prepared to help us to bring about change. We received 48 offers of help ranging from signing a petition to joining a campaign group. Thank you.

Next steps

There are, of course, traffic problems elsewhere in the parish which we will be looking at next, including a school crossing and road safety measures on Trinity Road. Our aim is to help the Parish Council to develop a traffic management strategy for the whole parish.

Final decisions on traffic management solutions are a matter for the highways authority and will be subject to available funding. Once a strategy has been agreed which has the support of local people, we will work to secure funding to implement it. The project might be included in the Neighbourhood Plan as a candidate for some of the Community Interest Levy (CIL) funds that may come from new development in our parish.

Have your say

It’s not too late to feed in your views. We want to hear your ideas for traffic management solutions to improve road safety in our parish. Please add your comments below. Your input is essential. We will need to demonstrate the support of residents if we are to bring about change.

If you want to volunteer to help us, please email info@parishplan.uk.

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