Slip road closed at north of village

Those who have been out this morning from the north side will have seen the slip road towards Canterbury has been closed by KCC.

Geoff Colledge had a report from them this morning as follows:

“Further damage to the triangle and parking by HGVs etc at this site has worsened. KCC inspectors have been making regular visits to the site and successfully moved lorries on.

“So KCC applied for a temporary road closure until the end of January given Stack being re instated etc and the probability of further disruption throughout our area.

“Temporary barriers are in place and these will be inspected on a regular basis to ensure they are not moved by drivers.”

Geoff was further advised that the repairs/improvements to this site are programmed and further work to kerbing and protection of drainage up Kennett Lane is in next years schedule.

Action on lorry parking

Insp Andy Brittenden attended our Parish Council meeting on Wednesday to hear about the issues we’ve been having with lorries parking in the village.  He was very attentive and promised to go and discuss our case within the Police and with the highway authorities.

He said lorries parking illegally or causing an obstruction should be reported on 101.  There are also night-time patrols and he would see if Stanford can be included in their rounds.

The next day, it was announced that additional powers have been given to KCC to clamp and issue penalty notices for inappropriate and illegal lorry parking from January 1st.  The press release follows:

New powers have been given to Kent County Council to help keep roads in the county clear of illegally parked HGVs.

For the first time, KCC will be allowed to clamp and issue penalty notices to drivers in Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe, Maidstone, Swale and Thanet.
The new powers will come into effect on January 1.

Inappropriate and illegal lorry parking will potentially be an issue in the areas in and around the M2 and A2, as well as the M20, A256 and A299 in the east of the county, impacting the lives of residents.

KCC Leader Roger Gough said: “We recognise that antisocial HGV parking is already a problem in Kent and something that will most likely become worse once we have left the EU.

“I’m grateful to the government for giving us these temporary powers which will act as a deterrent to any HGV driver and ensure that compliance is greater, meaning key routes on Kent’s road network are kept clear.

“Though we have worked hard on traffic management plans in conjunction with our partners, we cannot guarantee there will not be a certain amount of freight turned back from the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel or from the Manston or Sevington sites if paperwork is not in order.

“If this is the case HGV’s are expected to return to their base of operation but it seems more likely they would simply move onto the local road network and wait to become ready – these powers help highlight that this is not acceptable.”

KCC is now arranging contracts to ensure the seven boroughs can be patrolled and is also arranging for signage to be installed on all relevant roads.

KCC’s Director of Highways Simon Jones said: “Drivers who are taking short statutory breaks will be exempt from enforcement, and we will endeavour to work with HGV drivers to help and encourage them find safe and appropriate locations to park for longer periods.

“As such we will be taking a reasonable but targeted approach to enforcement, for example, if an HGV was parked up in an official location and not causing an obstruction or nuisance, we would be seeking not enforce.

“Keeping Kent’s roads safe and clear is our priority and these powers will encourage HGV’s drivers using our network to consider other road users and Kent’s residents.”

Looking out for your neighbours this winter

This winter we are backing Kent Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter Campaign “Knock and Check”.

Knock & Check is a campaign to reignite the community spirit seen during the COVID-19 pandemic and doing something small to help those most vulnerable during the winter months.

Small actions could make a big difference:

  • Knock on the door to say ‘hello’
  • Offer to pick up some food or add something to your online shopping
  • Drop off a slice of cake
  • Plate up an extra meal
  • Share books or magazines
  • Volunteer for one of our fantastic organisations in Kent and Medway
  • Share details of supporting services

Remember to follow Government guidelines on social distancing to keep communities safe from COVID-19.

  • Keep a 2m distance, staying outdoors at all times
  • Wash your hands before and after a visit
  • Wear a face mask

To find out more about how you can take part, visit www.kentcf.org.uk/knockandcheck

Volunteer to help find the vaccine for COVID-19

Join the national effort and sign up for the NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry. Be part of the fightback against the virus by volunteering to be contacted by researchers to take part in COVID-19 vaccine research.

There are a number of vaccines being identified, but only large-scale studies can give researchers the information needed about how effective they are.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is working with the NHS and aims to recruit as many people as possible onto the registry, which will allow people to be put in touch with the vaccine studies in the coming months.

Researchers are looking for people from all backgrounds, ages and parts of the UK – including both people with or without existing health conditions – to take part in vaccine studies, to make sure that any vaccines developed will work for everyone.

The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over, living in the UK. There is no obligation to join in any study, if you are contacted. But by taking part, you could help researchers find vaccines to protect us all more quickly – which in turn could help the NHS and save lives.

Sign up today!

 

What next for the triangle?

Villagers relaxing after raking up grass cuttings

 

Stanford North residents will have noticed the grass triangle at the entrance to the village was not mown short this summer.  Only the edges were cut in an experiment to see if we can encourage more variety of plants to grow there, especially to help pollinators find what they like.  Many thanks to Sîan Vranken who was the one who got this going before she moved out of the village.

We think it went quite well, given no actual planting was done – Sîan reported a long list of species that would not have been there if the grass had all been cut.

The long grass has now been rough cut (thanks to Alastair Holt) and the cuttings raked away (thanks to a flash-mob of villagers – pictured) as recommended to encourage new growth of flowers next season.

The Council now needs to decide whether to do more before next spring – harrowing and planting of wildflowers could make this area look really good and enhance biodiversity. But it will need some money spending.

If anyone has any views, or maybe suggestions for funding/sponsorship, have a word with any parish councillor or Debbie Burton (first left in the picture above) who has taken over from Sîan as mastermind for the project.

We thank Dorothy for her hard work

Geoff presents clock to Dorothy

Chairman Cllr Geoff Colledge presents an engraved clock to Dorothy

On Sunday evening at a small gathering (invitation only due to Covid restrictions) we celebrated Dorothy Bultitude’s two decades’ service as Parish Clerk.  Geoff Colledge presented her with an engraved clock and Alison Morris handed over the proceeds of a ‘whip round’ with several hundred pounds, reflecting the considerable respect villagers have for Dorothy.

In a short speech, Dorothy said she was pleased to have been able to continue with many of the things husband Ken started but was unable to complete because of his untimely death.  She is especially pleased there is finally movement on the Village Hall!

She is looking forward to retirement in her new house in Hythe.