The Faversham Society was surprised to find itself invoked as a supporter of the ZF5 footpath proposals at the KCC panel enquiry on 22 February. While one of our Trustees gave evidence at an earlier enquiry in 2014, this should not be interpreted as endorsement from the Society as a whole. Our position on the current proposals was published on 15 February, prior to the enquiry, on this blog.
“It has come to our attention that the Faversham Society is being quoted as supporting the plans for the revision and reinstatement of footpath ZF5. The Society has not considered the revised plans, we neither support nor oppose the proposal there having been insufficient time for the Society to consider the latest proposal.”
It has come to our attention that the Faversham Society is being quoted as supporting the plans for the revision and reinstatement of footpath Footpath ZF5. The Society has not considered the revised plans, we neither support nor oppose the proposal there having been insufficient time for the Society to consider the latest proposal.
Submitted to KCC 09 Feb 2016
The Board of Trustees of the Faversham Society would like to comment on the proposed alterations at the junction of the A2 and A251 as follows.
- The economic basis for the scheme is not clear. The main aim seems to be to increase capacity for vehicles approaching from the south along the A251, with little benefit for the residents of the Town or for users of the A2. It would be helpful to make public the evidence that the roundabout scheme represents value for money, specifically in terms of the benefit-to-cost ratio, because the money could be spent on other schemes potentially with a higher yield, for example, a blanket 20 mph limit for the Town as a whole.
- There appears to be little benefit in safety terms at the site where the work is to be carried out, and as far as the most vulnerable road users are concerned, the risk could actually increase. A roundabout poses greater risks to pedestrians and cyclists compared with a signal junction, where safe crossing and turning opportunities can be provided. It seems to us that a quantitative assessment using TRL accident prediction models in this case is vital.
- The scheme appears visually intrusive. The extensive road markings, signage and alignment changes are not sympathetic with the local townscape, particularly The Mall as the principal gateway to the Town. The proposed chain link fencing around the south-west corner of the A251 junction is far from ideal.
- Finally, a general comment seems in order. Faversham is a medieval market town extensively zoned with conservation areas whose fabric is sensitive to continuing unchecked traffic growth. The Society would welcome a clear statement about the County Council’s policy in this respect. Residents look to the highway authority to develop policies that encourage people to shift from car usage to other modes of transport that are less damaging to the environment. In broad policy terms, the scheme does nothing to promote other modes and may in fact accomplish the reverse, which in the long run is likely to be self-defeating.
The Faversham Society was established in 1962 to preserve the heritage and fabric of the historic town of Faversham and its surrounding parishes. Our Society works to ensure that Faversham’s distinctive sense of place and its outstanding heritage features are not lost for our children and grandchildren. The Society is about to embark on a big conversation with the residents of Faversham, and those who value it as their market town and port, about what heritage means to us and what we wish our grandchildren to inherit.
You can find on the Society’s website details of our work and the facilities we maintain for our town, its residents and for visitors. The Society, run entirely by volunteers, is about heritage, it is about what we value that we inherited from our forebears and what we conserve and create for our grandchildren and their children to inherit. It will only be conserved and inherited if it is valued by future generations.
Our 1000 members receive a monthly newsletter but, until now, we have lacked a means of communicating easily and regularly with those, who whilst not members, care about our built heritage, our natural and cultural heritage. This Chairman’s Blog is designed to enable us to communicate our work and our policies to a wider audience and to be a point of reference for the Society’s position on issues as they arise.
1953 saw the first campaign to save Abbey Street, in 1955 Arden’s House was threatened with demolition, the Abbey Street Preservation Society was formed in 1960 and the Faversham Society in 1962, in 1972 we bought the Fleur and the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre opened in 1977. The purpose of the Society when it was launched in 1962 was to cherish the past, adorn the present and create the future and that remains our purpose.
Over the years we have worked and campaigned to conserve that part of the past valued by our members and by the wider community, developing it for our children’s children. You can read about some of our campaigns and our work in creating heritage for the future on the Society’s website.
The Society remain actively engaged in maintaining and creating heritage for the future and we know that 2016 will see many debates about the future of our town as it comes under pressure particularly from new housing and the traffic and congestion which comes with it. This Chairman’s Blog will present the Society’s official position on all of those issues affecting our heritage, past, present and future.
If you care about the future of our town and the conservation of our heritage so that it can be enjoyed by future generations then please consider supporting our campaigns and joining our society.
Chairman Faversham Society