Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District : 2018-12-06
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9 Newsdesk: 01227 475985 Thursday, December 6, 2018 Kentish Gazette (KG) www.kentonline.co.uk Let your business Programme Details 7th - 13th December The Kavanagh Pet and House Buddy Cinema CREED II (12a) Daily 8pm, Tue & wed 2.30pm bloom THE GIRL IN THE SPIDERS WEB (15) Daily 8.15pm ( not Tue) Tue & Wed 2pm To dog visit cat walk the or THE GRINCH ( u) Daily 5.45pm Sat & Sun 12.30pm 3.15pm RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET ( pg) Daily 5.30pm Sat & Sun 12noon 2.45pm Royal Ballet - THE NUTCRACKER ( u) Thurs 2.30pm BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (12a) Wed 11am, Thurs 3pm A CHRISTMAS CAROL ( pg) Thurs 8.15pm your when you can’t Tel: Wendy on 07751995016 William Street, Herne Bay 01227 365676 To advertise in Gardening www.kentonline.co.uk/ bookanad The lorry overturned on the exit slip-road of the M2. Picture: Kent Fire and Rescue Service TRADEGLAZE New A2 slip-road plan sparks accident fears WINDOWS AND FASCIAS DOORS AND CONSERVATORIES • • • • • • Family run business Over 22 years’ experience Friendly service Honest service By Joe Wright [email protected] Assure Registered Discounts for disabled and retired customers The long-awaited A2 off-slip at Wincheap will be “an accident waiting to happen” when it opens, a city councillor fears.
Approved designs show how the new road will come off the coastbound dual carriageway before looping back around to a remodelled Ten Perch Road.
The divisive proposals have sparked fears of accidents similar to last week’s M2 lorry crash, which saw an HGV overturn across the slip-road at junction 5 for Sittingbourne.
Cllr Eden-green, who brands the plans for the A2 as “inherently dangerous”, says the new road is too short and will not be up to standard.
“One would have thought that highways engineers would have advanced their thinking on road design since the M2 was built,” he said.
“Yet the plan for the sliproad at Wincheap shows it to be shorter than normal length and culminate in a hairpin bend.
“So if lorry drivers can manage to crash their vehicles at Sittingbourne, the chances CHECK OUT OUR GREAT DEALS No pressure • No gimmicks • No salesman TEL OR FAX: 01227 365333 Cllr Nick Eden-green and, right, plans for the new sliproad off the A2 at Wincheap 78 RECULVER ROAD • BELTINGE • HERNE BAY • KENT CT6 6ND of doing so at Wincheap are infinitely greater.
“This will be inherently dangerous and the accident near Sittingbourne only highlights the fact.”
Pentland Homes is footing the total bill of the £8.8 million scheme as a condition of its approved Cockering Farm development in Thanington.
Dubbed a key piece of transport infrastructure within the district’s Local Plan, the new route aims to alleviate traffic through ever-clogged-up Wincheap.
After going around the hairpin, vehicles using the new off-slip will be directed to a new roundabout set to be con- structed on the current Park and Ride car park.
They will then follow a restructured route through Wincheap Industrial Estate, onto Simmonds Road and onto the A28.
Cllr Eden- Green added: “Coming from Ashford, citybound drivers on the A28 will face no less than three 90-degree bends at Cow Lane, then into Simmonds Road and then back onto Wincheap by the Maidens Head. And this is supposed to be a relief road.”
Despite the concerns - which are shared by the Wincheap Society and parish council - the slip-road’s design is fundamentally set in stone following collaboration between Highways England, Kent County Council and Canterbury City Council.
With deals on the land yet to be finalised, a date for the start of construction is yet to be set.
As part of the development, the Park and Ride will be enlarged and improvements will be made to the retail estate.
Highways England, which is looking after the project, was approached for a comment but had not responded as the Gazette went to press. New site for university hotel found meetings,” he said.
“The university is presenting it as the result of advice by experts but there is no doubt that the campaign has to have influenced the decision as well.
“We always thought there were other perfectly suitable locations for the conference hotel on the campus and this one clearly ticks all the boxes.”
The proposals will form part of a final masterplan for the development of the campus over the next 30 to 50 years, due to be submitted in the new year for the city council’s endorsement. Campaigners fighting to protect the southern slopes of the University of Kent from development say they are delighted another location on campus has now been found for a planned hotel and conference centre.
It is now proposed the facility is built to the north of University Road and south of Turing College, which bosses say would give “maximum flexibility” both in the size of the building and conferences.
The effort to protect the southern slopes has been led by the Save the Chaucer Fields and local residents’ groups. They were spurred into action when the university initially identified the grassy slopes as a possible site for a new hotel and conference centre, sparking concerns over the impact on the picturesque setting and residential areas nearby.
Prof Richard Norman, of the St Michael’s Road Area Residents Association, said the announcement by the university was “very welcome news”.
“Of course, we are delighted but we have to credit the university’s consultation process which has been a genuine listening exercise and we have had some very good
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