Transport Traffic Systems
Recently the Parish Council decided it was an appropriate time to review the traffic flow through the village which would enable a comparison with the last series of assessments conducted in 2018, which would help ascertain the impact of growth in the village and surrounding areas and the effect of the pandemic.
The surveys were conducted in the same month at approximately the same time. The results of these surveys and the conclusions drawn can be seen below; they make interesting reading.
Road Accidents in Staplehurst
Have you witnessed a road incident or accident anywhere in Staplehurst? Because official figures only account for fatalities and serious injury accidents, we are often told that our roads are safe. It is especially useful to have details of all accidents (or near misses) when planning applications are made and Kent Highways find they have no objections because there are no reports on their systems.
To make reporting incidents easy for all residents to help, the Parish Council has an email address where simple details such as the date, time, road, location, direction of travel, vehicles involved, any injuries, damage, police or ambulance involvement etc would give us a truer picture. You could also pass this information in to the Parish Office.
All data collected will help our PC Road Safety Group form a clearer picture of areas of Staplehurst where action is needed. This group is liaising with Headcorn PC to lobby KCC Highways to look seriously at the Hawkenbury Bridge over the River Beult. If only we had details of the near misses, aggressive behaviour and accidents that have occurred here our case for action would be so much stronger.
For further details and meeting notes the Road Safety Group have their own page : Road Safety Group
Staplehurst Speed Watch
Staplehurst has a speed watch team who regularly monitor speed thoughout the village. The team are all volunteers and we are always looking for new members; full training will be given. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and would like further information; please contact the Parish Office via email Parish Office Email or telephone 01580 891761.