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.

Under Matters Arising it was noted that Cllr Baker (KCC Cabinet Member for Highways) had been asked for an update following the meeting in December 2023 about Shatterling and this will be followed up again.  A response from Cllr Baker's office was also noted to the Group's letter about confusing and uninformative road closure and roadwork signs.  
Updates from Group and Village representatives were received from Ash,  Littlebourne, LSRCA, Wickhambreaux and Wingham.  
Ash are awaiting the results of a KCC speed survey undertaken on the Ash bypass and plan to meet with KCC Highways about this. 7 Speedwatch sessions were carried out in February and the scheme has been received well, providing invaluable data. Concern was noted over the number of 'emergency' roadworks in recent weeks.  Littlebourne It was noted their resident survey on potential 20mph limits in the village had gone out with early results indicating the majority in favour.  LSRCA noted a potential meeting in April with Cllr Baker; 300 dwellings in Littlebourne proposed in the new CCC Local Plan; and flooding concerns at the Stodmarsh SSSI site. Wickhambreaux An increased number of potholes in the village were noted which had been reported to the KCC Highways steward. A recent BBC SE article which had been shared with members was also noted - it stated that a third of road closures are 'breaking rules'.  Recent wet weather has led to tankers removing waste water in Littlebourne on Nargate Street and Bekesbourne Lane, closing the roads for 15-30 minutes whilst this is carried out.   Wingham noted that Cllr Baker had declined the Council's invitation to discuss the use of Speed Indicator Devices in the village.  Emerging proposals for a development of 20 dwellings on land off Gobery Hill were noted.
Next Meeting Date: Saturday 18 May for Full (all) Group Members.

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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