The struggle to achieve a safe and acceptable traffic calming scheme in Heath Road continues. Following a meeting between representatives of Kent County Council, Kent Highway Services and Coxheath Parish Council in mid November 2009, a number of intiatives have been taken by the Parish Council. These include:
- Lobbying the MP for Maidstone and the Weald;
- Identifying potential consultants to carry out an independent assessment of the current scheme;
- Drawing up the framework for a petition to Kent County Council to accept the need for a complete re-think of the scheme and to consider safer alternatives;
- Considering the introduction of 'Speedwatch' using local volunteers;
- Enlisting the help of residents to record incidents in the present traffic calming scheme.
Residents of Coxheath will receive two documents through their letter boxes during February 2010. One will be a general plea to act as the 'eyes and ears' of the village and report incidents to the Parish Council by telephone, e-mail or in writing. The other will be a simple survey that will eventually 'double up' as a petition to Kent County Council, if a majority of respondents indicate their preference for the existing build outs to be replaced with a safer scheme.
Tony Monk, Richard Purves and Des Hickmott have now resigned from the Traffic Calming Working Group, and Mary Bowen has indicated that she will cease to attend.