Damage to Maryland Road and surrounding areas
The chair of the Hawkenbury Village Association, Dean Kenward, sent the following email to Jamie Hare, Development Agreements Manager at Kent County Council. He is responsible for overseeing the Berkeley Homes development in relation to our roads and pavements.
The current state of the pavements and roads in Hawkenbury is shocking and they are deteriorating fast. Something needs to be done urgently to stop the ongoing damage and get some repairs done.
Residents are fed up with the damage being caused to Maryland Road, Forest Way and Hawkenbury Road. The damage is being caused by Berkeley Homes and their continuous movement of vehicles on the road and pavements. The roads and pavements were not designed for these level of traffic. A quiet village location is being ruined by inconsiderate builders, delivery vehicles and contractors.
Residents are being pushed between county and borough with endless excuses of why they are not responsible for this. No one is willing to take up the issue and deal with it. Someone needs to take ownership and get it resolved. We cannot be expected to live with these conditions for a further 4 years. This damage has been caused in the last year. We would hate to see what it will be like if nothing is done to stop the damage. We all pay our council taxes diligently, so please do not give us the usual budgetary excuses. Use the allocated S106 to make repairs, if necessary.
What is going to happen when KCC actually get round to building the school? The volume of heavy vehicle movements is going to increase even further, causing even more damage.
Attached are photographs taken by residents and posted on our Facebook page. I took a photo of the broken drain cover this morning. This has been broken in the last 24 hours. There is also a video of 2 large trucks driving up onto the pavement exiting the Berkeley Homes site. https://www.facebook.com/groups/431782260588889/permalink/665359830564463/ I took the photo of the broken drain this morning.
We are also expecting more from our elected councillors and we would expect at least one of them to step up and take action or at least seem to take control of coordinating repair efforts.
This email was sent to the following people
Jamie Hare, Development Agreements Manager, Kent County Council
William Benson, Chief Executive of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Cllr David Jukes, Leader of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Cllr Catherine Rankin, West Kent County Councillor
Cllr Tracy Moore, Park Ward Borough Councillor
Cllr Nick Pope, Park Ward Borough Councillor
Andrew Lewis, Project Manager, Berkeley Homes
Ben Richardson, Project Manager, Berkeley Homes
Times of Tunbridge Wells and The Courier
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