The A257 Traffic Group was formed in 2010 to combine local knowledge and experience to address traffic matters affecting residents along the length of the A257 from Warwick Road in Canterbury up to and including Ash Village. This includes some associated roads and villages directly affected by the A257 between these points.

CORE GROUP Members are representatives of the following Parish Councils and Associations (in alphabetical order):-
Adisham Parish Council
Ash Parish Council
Bekesbourne with Patrixbourne Parish Council
Ickham & Well Parish Council (Bramling)
Littlebourne Parish Council
• Littlebourne & Stodmarsh Roads Community Association (LSRCA)
Preston Parish Council
Staple Parish Council (Shatterling)
Wickhambreaux Parish Council
Wingham Parish Council

FULL GROUP In addition to Core Group members, the Full Group members include:-
• District Councillor for Little Stour & Adisham Ward, Canterbury, currently Cllr Lee Castle
• District Councillor for Little Stour & Ashstone Ward, Dover, currently Cllr Martin Porter
• Kent County Councillor for Canterbury City South, currently Cllr Mel Dawkins
• Kent County Councillor for Canterbury South, currently Cllr Mike Sole
• Kent County Councillor for Sandwich, currently Cllr Sue Chandler
• MP for Canterbury/Whitstable, currently Rosie Duffield
• MP for South Thanet, currently Craig Mackinlay

MEETINGS are held every other month in January, March, May, July, September and November with Full Group Members attending every other meeting in January, May and September only. These are not public meetings. Other Councillors and/or interested parties are invited to attend according to the agenda.

The Group produced and launched the ‘A257 Plan’ in 2018 which documents issues surrounding congestion, accidents and pedestrians, providing fact-based information and proposals for improvements on the road to make it safer for all users.

Future membership following 4th May local elections was discussed and parishes asked to confirm their Group members once known.
The Group's Press Release was approved.  This has been sent to all Parishes for inclusion in their Community Newsletters, giving information about the Group and how to access this webpage for further information.  It has also been sent to local press.
The Group's current focus is Shatterling and the Roman Road.  Recent traffic and pedestrian surveys carried out by members were noted and further evidence collection will be undertaken prior to a potential meeting with the KCC Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport, Cllr David Brazier.
Littlebourne Parish Council have requested that their traffic issues be explored further by the Group and so this will be an agenda item at the next Full Group meeting in May.
Updates from Group and Village representatives were received from Littlebourne, Wickhambreaux, Shatterling, Bekesbourne with Patrixbourne, LSRCA, Bramling, and Wingham.
It was noted that Speedwatch Groups would hopefully be getting GoPro cameras from the Kent Speedwatch team.
Next Meeting Date: Saturday 20 May for all Group Members (Full Group).

KCC'S VISION ZERO ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY Please visit the KCC VISION ZERO page to find out more.  An excerpt from the KCC page reads as follows:- There are on average just over 45 deaths on Kent’s roads each year. Kent County Council (KCC) is setting the target of zero, or as close as possible, fatalities and life changing injuries by 2050 with a 50% reduction by 2030 and a target of no more than 39 traffic fatalities by 2026. Vision Zero is not just about focussing on the date we achieve zero, but the recognition that deaths on the road are not an acceptable price to pay for mobility.  We will follow the Safe System Approach which understands that people make mistakes and aims to ensure these mistakes do not cause a death or a life-changing injury.

The Group Administrator is Kerry Coltham, the Wingham Parish Council Clerk. Please use the CONTACT PAGE for your enquiry
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