MLAF - Medway Local Access Forum

                                          Meeting held on Thursday 22nd March 2018

 

Medway Local Access Forum

Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 22nd March 2018

Item

Main Meeting

Action

 

Rita Hunt       (RH)                 Chair

Michael Dale (MD)                 St James IOG Parish Council

Graham Jenkinson (GJ)         The Ramblers

Chris Morris (CM)                   Medway Towns Footpath Group

Sue Saunders (SS)                British Horse Society

Adam Taylor (AT)                    Public Rights of Way

Martin Hall     (MH)                 Greenspace Development Manager

Maggie Coleman (MC)            Open Spaces Society

Cllr Paul Ramsey  (PR)           St James Isle of Grain Parish Council

Richard Whitebread (RW)        National Farmers Union

Sharon Bayne (guest)  (SB)           

 

1

Welcome to guests, members and officers

Welcomed everyone to the meeting.

 

2

Apologies

Annmarie Behn

 

3

Minutes of last meeting

Thank you to Annmarie for minutes

 

 

 

Matters arising

Lodge Hill CM spoke of plans to build around nightingales area at Lodge Hill

Gibraltar Farm – development delayed by access issues, SS highlighted need to improve and expand bridleways at Gibraltar Farm

RS75 SS asked for update on bridleway upgrade AT stated paperwork is with landowner to sign off, once received we then change the legal designation.

RS206 AT stated no change with landowner, path legally diverted, awaiting physical change, and understood issue between landowners preventing progress.

SS – LAF record keeping and accounts easier to update owing to report form with quarterly meetings

MH – Highlighted Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) work, future improvement projects to green spaces and parks through new Medway Urban Parks and Green Spaces (MUPGS) Forum up to £10k available for park events for community engagement.

 

5

Brexit

SS highlighted changes to Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will link payments directly to landowners who encourage public access, opportunities to expand equestrian access.

RW – changes to RPA not agreed, some landowners not reinstating bridleways.

 

6

ROWIP

MH – work is beginning with help from consultant Sharon Bayne, explained time table to begin work is delayed by 3 months owing to Directorate Management Team (DMT) scarcity of time slots.

Intention to acquire 1400 responses to ROWIP questionnaire.

MH discussed delay and changes to original timetable for completion, final draft expected for October cabinet meeting.

SB – working on ROWIP with AT, identifying cycling opportunities, securing S106 funding for PRoW projects, aspirational targets – update definitive maps.

MH – Integrated transport team aware of PRoW projects, ROWIP to tie in with existing policies for easier access to funding.

MH – Annmarie successful in securing funding for GB5/6, investigating improvements to Berengrave boardwalk, working to secure total funding from underspends on individual S106 projects, expected to be near £100k, percentage of which could be used for PRoW routes to school and travel to work plans, Green Space Development investing in AT and Annmarie Behn, PRoW team working to identify funding streams for future projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Presentation - Maya Butler (MB) gave presentation of England Coastal Path (ECP)

MB – junior officer from Natural England described creation of ECP through Medway, to submit report of route recommendations with landowner representations (Woolwich to Grain section) September 2017.

Route to follow existing Saxon Shore Way up to Cliffe Fort then follow existing PRoWs to Allhallows marshes, then along desired route at West Lane to Grain, landowner liability of path is minimal to provide incentive.

Sections of route at Cliffe prone to erosion, Dagnam marshes require new path further inland with associated works, new path across land previously out of bounds to link existing PRoW network with rest of peninsula.

Once complete, extension to Thames Path to follow ECP route in Medway to finish at Grain with obelisk street furniture from Chatham High St.

MB asked members which name(s) they prefer to see on way markers: Thames Path National Trail, England Coastal Path links to Thames Path, England Coast Path National Trail, Thames Path/England Coast Path.

CM suggested not too much info on way markers, can Saxon Shore Way (SSW) be moved onto route of ECP, highlighted danger of sinking mud on beach at Upnor

AT Explained SSW follows original line of Saxon coast, wouldn’t be appropriate to follow Thames/England Path

MD asked for details of route

AT gave brief presentation of ECP route form Medways point of view, challenges and potential achievements; long term desire of LAF to create link path to Grain via Allhallows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

PRoW Officers update/Matters Arising

AT - PRoW maintenance budget successfully secured at £25K from Highways as part of transfer agreement.

RH – it’s important to know where S106 comes from, officers to seek itemised, MH explained S106 funds are usually secured for 5 years.

IG –S106 funding could be blocked by Highways England regarding catchment areas.

RS75 – AT – Awaiting landowners signature for Legal Order to upgrade footpath to bridleway.

Cliffe Pools – AT to arrange site visit with SS and discuss route and furniture of potential equestrian links

RS206 – Diversion works progressing, Port Medway Marina are waiting for Network Rail to consent new route of path.

Church Hill Cuxton – Resolved, landowner installed fencing to prevent horses causing nuisance to walkers.

RR13 – AT - subsidence issues with adjacent railway embankment, path temporality closed for works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

AOB

RH – Air pollution in Medway is a real concern, SO explained air quality action plan is being worked on, raising awareness with street party in June to show impact of air quality.

GJ – air quality plan must be robust and have ‘teeth’

CM – Lodge Hill PRoWs difficult to access, can this be sorted

SS – permissive path at Capstone is blocked with restrictor, can this be resolved.

MD – Can Grain Health walk be advertised on council website or facebook page.

RH – plans for cycle path network at Rede Common pending funding streams

RH closed the meeting and thanked everyone for attending.

 

 

 

 

AT

 

AT

The Forum’s next main meeting will be held on Thursday 7th June 2018 at 4 pm with a pre-meeting for members at 3:30 pm at Gun Wharf

 

                                                           Meeting of 7th December 2017

 

Medway Local Access Forum

Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 7 December 2017 at 4.00pm

Meeting Room 7, Gun Wharf, Chatham, Kent

 

Main Meeting

Action

 

Rita Hunt (RH)                        Chair

Annmarie Behn (AB)               Public Rights of Way

Maggie Coleman (MC)            User representative

Graham Jenkinson (GJ)          Ramblers

Richard Whitebread (RW)       NFU

Sue Saunders (SS)                 British Horse Society (Vice Chair)

Chris Morris (CM)                    Medway Towns Footpath Group

Martin Hall (MH)                      Greenspace Development Manager

Adam Taylor (AT)                     Public Rights of Way

John Jones (JJ)                       MUPF

 

 

Welcome to guests, members and officers

RH welcomed everyone to the meeting.

 

 

Apologies

Su Ormes, Ian Gray, Cllr Steve Iles

 

 

Minutes of last meeting (7 September 2017)

The Minutes of the last meeting were signed off.

 

 

 

Matters Arising

RH brought up the matter of finding a cycling representative for the Forum and asked the rest of the group to help find one. MH suggested speaking to Integrated Transport and Medway Sport to help find a rep as well.

MH advised that James Macklin is the Regeneration apprentice and will be taking the minutes in future meetings. 

 

 

LAF

MH

 

Coastal Path

 AT explained the 2 path stretches from Iwade to Grain and Grain to Woolwich and the challenges in this area for facilitating them:

Grain – lack of PROW links from Grain to the rest of the peninsula.

Culvert required at Dagnam Marsh

Grain Level Crossing – pedestrian access is unsafe according to NE.

If Grain issues cannot be resolved the CP will not route through there.

AT explained that there is a separate vision of extending the Thames Path to Grain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROWIP

MH explained the 10 year strategy and that there is £8000 to write it. The tender is out for a consultant to assist. It will look at where we are now and where we hope to be in the future and will include a residents survey, hopefully a conditions survey, future needs and demographics.

MH wants the forum to be heavily involved with it.

RH asked where the money would come from and would the recommendations actually be implemented. MH replied that he saw it as a document to secure funding for PROW and he forecasted the funding would be mainly external with some internal funding via clever housekeeping.

 

GJ mentioned the Big Path Watch Survey and said he would find a contact for MC so we could see what paths were covered in Medway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GJ

 

 

Lodge Hill

MH advised that he had spoken to DIO about this and they had no knowledge of the volunteers being turned away or the vehicle not being allowed in.

CM explained where he couldn’t get in and surmised it was probably blocked to stop travellers.

CM and MH will look further into this.

 

 

 

CM

MH

 

Ongoing Items

 

RS75 Upgrade – AT and AB will look at this in January. Chris Murrell had also complained a while ago about locked gates on this bridleway. SS will check to see if this is still current.

 

RS206 – AB advised that IG had told her that Kelly Tolhurst will be getting involved again as Network Rail had gone quiet again and progress had stalled.

 

Cliffe Pools – RSPB looking at a circular path cutting out the middle section. SS will organise a meeting in the new year with PROW and the RSPB. MH would like cyclists to use the new path and the RSPB are keen for this too.

 

 

SS

 

 

 

 

SS

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Report

It was agreed to use the old form provided by NE and for it to be done quarterly as an internal exercise.

 

 

SS

 

Membership

RH welcomed John and said she will be looking at recruiting more members. RH asked JJ to pass on information about access that is circulated in the Urban Parks Forum.

RH said we need to support our friends and volunteers  more. JJ advised that the most dynamic groups are Halling, Strood and Grain but tails off towards Rainham, especially Berengrave.

 

 

 

Plans for 2018

It was decided that the Forum should concentrate on supporting the ROWIP for 2018.

 

 

 

AOB

RH requested that the Forum please look at the plans for Strood Waterfront and Temple Marsh. MH advised that he is pushing for more public access in this area, across Jane’s Creek. There is £500,000 to  spend on Greenspaces  at Temple Marsh.

 

RH would like a presentation from the planner for Temple Marsh at the next meeting.

 

SS will send CM planning applications as he is not receiving them.

 

AT explained about the Old Chalk New Downs project.

It was also mentioned about the possibility of a walking festival as part of the project. GJ asked about risk assessments as it puts off walk leaders.

 

RH wished everyone a Happy Christmas and closed the meeting.

 

 

 

 

AB

 

 

SS

 

The Forum’s next main meeting will be held on Thursday 1 March 2018 at 4 pm with a pre-meeting for members at 3:30 pm in Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham.  Room TBA

 

 

 

                                                           Meeting on 2nd March 2017

 

Medway Local Access Forum

Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 2nd March 2017

Meeting Room G, Clock Tower Buildings, Strood, Kent

 

Item

Main Meeting

Action

 

Su Ormes (SO)                      Chair

Graham Jenkinson (GJ)         The Ramblers

Richard Whitebread (RW)       NFU

Adam Taylor (AT)                    Public Rights of Way

Martin Hall     (MH)                  Greenspace Development Manager

Ian Gray         (IG)                   Cuxton Countryside Group

Councillor Andy Stamp

Maggie Coleman                     Open Spaces Society

1

Welcome to guests, members and officers

SO welcomed everyone to the meeting.

 

2

Apologies

Karen Tamsett, Annmarie Behn

 

3

Minutes of last meeting

MH – Friends of Berengrave, boardwalk to be improved

RW – previous article/presentation of exploring PRoWs in Medway and impact of crop stealing/damaging to be published in NFU magazine

 

 

 

4

Graeme Quninnell England Coastal Path (ECP) Presentation

GQ – lead Natural England Officer for creation of ECP through Medway, to submit report of route recommendations with landowner representations September 2017.

Iwade to Grain section

Route to follow existing Saxon Shore Way through Gillingham and include St Marys Island to provide formal, public access to Finsbourgh Down.

Landowner liability of path is minimal to provide incentive, no access via Dock Yard owing to direct financial impact.

Route via Upnor beach, MH asked if route through SSSI at Cookham Fort would be considered, GQ explained landscape undulating and not feasible with existing funding. GQ explained alternative path to Upnor beach available at high tide via Saxon Shore Way at Church Farm, Hoo.GQ explained access land to seaward side of ECP, MH will look at Green Infrastructure funding through S106/developer contributions.

SO asked when ECP through Medway is to be completed – GQ

Autumn 2018.

IG asked if path via Medway Tunnel had been considered, GQ explained cost impact made this unfeasible in addition to legal access and route being unappealing owing to environmental risks.

MH asked if route could be included around Gun Wharf offices, AT explained public access is restricted, subway at Dock Rd near Dockyard would be 1 crossing point to Kitchener Barracks.

MH highlighted area is for redevelopment and suggested alternative route.

GQ clarified route will pass the Command House. IG asked if access would continue to Staples near Rats Bay, SO confirmed path improvements have already been made at this location. Councillor Stamp highlighted the need for environmental improvements where possible when creating the ECP.

GQ confirmed Natural England would only be funding signage and minor improvement works.

MH offered to assist in securing funding from Berkely Homes to improve the ECP at Gillingham Gate/Chatham Water.

GJ asked if ECP at Upnor beach is sustainable, GQ stated beach path will remain for 20+ years as advised by Environment Agency. GQ explained route of ECP at Kingsnorth will follow Eschol Rd and through new industrial estate to the north east of Kingsnorth power station opening up an area of coast previously out of bounds. MH asked if this the landowner had any issue with access here, GQ route likely to proceed in this area.

GQ describe ECP at Grain to cross railway at Grain bridge, explained £120k for new footway at entrance to Grain wasn’t feasible, NE only able to offer a percentage towards the cost, AT confirmed Medway will not match fund. GQ stated the team were gauging interest in access at Grain by existing routes.

GQ explained route being considered through Yantlet marshes, previously out of bounds owing to being MOD land, MH expressed concern this area should remain excluded to public owing to area being a Strategic Access Management Scheme (SAMS). GQ mentioned the London Stone being a point of interest and Yantlet Marshes could become accepted land seaward to the ECP in this area.

Grain  - Gravesend section

GQ explained route here follows existing PRoWs, section at Dagnam Marshes vulnerable to high tide, asked for advice from LAF as to best route. SO suggested MD as a point of contact for local knowledge/landowners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MH

5

Action Plan

RS206 - IG informed LAF Port Medway Marina continue to pressure Network Rail to construct diverted path.

MH – Reed Common moving forward with creation of Friends of Reed Common to facilitate improvement

AT to contact Sue Saunders to progress proposed creation of circular bridleway at Cliffe Pools, MH to meet at Stoke to discuss improvements MH to send details.

RC75 – AT seeking info of horse stiles from KAMBIT to begin improvements.

PRoW Officers update/Matters Arising

RS44 Improvements – new surfacing of tarmac completed with joint working with High Halstow Parish Council

RS75 – KamBit (equestrian charity), agreed to contribute funding for upgrading footpath to bridleway. AT to arrange site visit and agree

 

 

 

 

 

AT

 

 

 

AT

15

AOB

IG raised issue of walking on grass verge at Bush Rd, Cuxton, suggested Permissive Path be created with landowner consent, AT advised IG to make formal request vis Cuxton Countryside Group and Parish Council, but owing to a revised PRoW budget for 2017/18, drafting an agreement would carry a cost.

 

 

AT

 

SO closed the meeting and thanked everyone for attending.

 

 

The Forum’s next main meeting will be held on Thursday 1st June 4 pm with a pre-meeting for members at 3:30 pm in Conference Room G, Annexe B, Clock Tower Buildings, Strood.

 

 

                                                              1st December Meeting 2016

 

Medway Local Access Forum

Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 1 December 2016

Meeting Room G, Clock Tower Buildings, Strood, Kent

 

Item

Main Meeting

 

 

Su Ormes (SO)                      Chair

Cllr Michael Dale (MD)           St James IOG Parish Council

Graham Jenkinson (GJ)        The Ramblers

Richard Whitebread (RW)      NFU

Chris Morris (CM)                   Medway Towns Footpath Group

Sue Saunders (SS)                British Horse Society

Adam Taylor (AT)                   Public Rights of Way

Martin Hall     (MH)                 Greenspace Development Manager

Rita Hunt       (RH)                 

Ian Gray         (IG)                   Cuxton Countryside group    

1

Welcome to guests, members and officers

SO welcomed everyone to the meeting.

 

2

Apologies

Karen Tamsett, Maggie Coleman, Keith Greenfield, Annmarie Behn

 

3

Minutes of last meeting

SO discussed possibility of LAF fund raising for projects, MH agreed to provide guidance and gave examples of bids e.g. Broomhill, Luton Green, and funding streams from Ward Improvement Fund and Open Space Improvement. MH highlighted importance of identifying s106 funding.

Action – SO to seek info on other LAFs raising money

MH informed Friends of Berengrave had difficulties with boardwalk improvements left with 3 options; closure, piecemeal repairs or complete repair, MH to update at next meeting.

MH gave update on SAMMS Strategic Access Management Monitoring Scheme members include Cllr Doe and Alan Jarrett as chair, plan to be presented Spring 2018.

Thank you to Annmarie for minutes

 

4

Presentation by Richard Whitebread

Extensive walker of 15 miles a day, exploring PRoW network including route of new coastal access path. Highlighted concerns of farmers; fly tipping, littering, dog fouling, vehicle access issues, trespass, damage to signage, pilfering of crops and misunderstanding of ‘right to roam’.

Discussed issues with advertising walking on crops RH suggested Peninsula Times could assist.

 

5

Action Plan/ Matters Arising

Discussed access issues which could be added to the LAF action plan, agreed to include; progress target of re-opening of RS201

January 2017, upgrade bridleways at Spendiff, Cliffe Pools upgrade of existing footpaths to bridleways.

RS44 Improvements – new surfacing of tarmac completed with joint working with High Halstow Parish Council

 

RS75 – KamBit (equestrian charity), agreed to contribute funding for upgrading footpath to bridleway. AT to arrange site visit and agree funding for vegetation clearance, signage and horse stiles.

 

Cliffe Pool – AT to arrange site visit with SS and discuss route and furniture of potential equestrian links

 

Street Farm – Development to proceed, bridleway to be preserved with vehicle restrictions. AT to seek S106 funding to link existing bridleways and provision of equestrian gate. MH looking to include LAF in local plan consultations and ensure rural views are preserved.

 

Grain footpaths – AB to inspect potential routes and discuss feasibility with MD

 

RS201 – AT stated diversion is progressing and on target for opening Jan 2017

 

RS206 – Diversion works progressing, Port Medway Marina are waiting for Network Rail to consent new route of path.

 

RC27 & RC29 – RC29 gated to off road vehicles, plan to upgrade and reinstate key sections in 2017 with potential funding from Local Development Transport budget.

 

GB12 & GB13 – Potential funding from improvements via s106

 

England Coastal Path project – AT highlighted potential issue to link route of England Coastal Path with Grain. 2 routes identified; route 1 – cross railway at entrance of Grain on A228 – Network Rail refuse level crossing, suggested footbridge at cost of £500k Medway Council to be responsible for ongoing maintenance. Route 2, construct 335M footway parallel to A228. Natural England to offer funding contribution, AT thanked MH for assistance in applying for funding, AT described challenges of obtaining funding and seeking support for England Coastal Path project in general. GJ offered to highlight importance of England Coastal Path through correspondence details to be discussed at next meeting. MD to provide contact details of Grain instillations e.g. Britned, E.on etc

 

Capstone – SS spoken with Nigel Holman

 

Church Hill Cuxton – Resolved, land usage to remain

 

Cycling Path Signage – CM praised MH for  additional fly tipping signage at Gillingham Business Park

 

 

15

AOB

 

SS Highlighted Peters Bridge at Wouldham as a potential for bridleway link. AT to investigate and liaise with KCC.

 

 

    AT

 

SO closed the meeting and thanked everyone for attending.

 

 

 

 

The Forum’s next main meeting will be held on Thursday 4th March 2017 at 4 pm with a pre-meeting for members at 3:30 pm in Conference Room G, Annexe B, Clock Tower Buildings, Strood.

 

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                                                         Meeting of 1st September 2016

 

Medway Local Access Forum

Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 1 September 2016 at 4.00pm

Meeting Room G, Clock Tower Buildings, Strood, Kent

 

Item

Main Meeting

Action

 

Su Ormes (SO)                       Chair

Annmarie Behn (AB)               Public Rights of Way

Cllr Michael Dale (MD)            St James IOG Parish Council

Graham Jenkinson (GJ)         The Ramblers

Richard Whitebread (RW)       NFU

Chris Morris (CM)                    Medway Towns Footpath Group

Sue Saunders (SS)                  British Horse Society

Adam Taylor (AT)                     Public Rights of Way

Martin Hall                               Greenspace Development Manager

 

1

Welcome to guests, members and officers

SO welcomed everyone to the meeting.

 

2

Apologies

Karen Tamsett, Cllr Stamp, Rita Hunt, Dave Harris, Ian Gray, Maggie Coleman

 

3

Minutes of last meeting

The Minutes of the last meeting were amended at item 2 to add Richard Whitebread to Apologies. They were then signed off.

 

 

4

Lets talk about Spaces and Places

MH gave a presentation on Lets Talk which is looking at 6 areas of Medway  and encouraging people to think of ideas for their area with regard to planning and green space. Bids are then  submitted to funding parties such as the Coastal Community Fund, DfT and Tesco to deliver projects. MH is hoping to feed into the Local Plan and PROW improvements.

Lets Talk Gillingham has already had one meeting, looking at the Strand and Hillyfields.

Lets Talk Rochester is looking at the Esplanade, Temple Marsh and Temple Manor.

SS asked if any funding received could be used for the maintenance and or improvement of existing paths in the areas looked at. MH advised that enhancements could be made but not maintenance.

CM questioned the fact that money could be used to enhance but not maintain paths when the PROW budget is so insufficient. MH replied that he hoped these projects will raise the profile of PROW which then may raise the maintenance budget.

GJ suggested the bids include maintenance money because there is no point opening new paths if we can’t maintain them.

SO closed this line of questioning with the resolve that the LAF will  ask further questions about PROW funding.

CM asked MH about the future of Berengrave Reserve as the ‘Friends’ group has disbanded and the site is no longer maintained. MH explained that Richard Hicks has asked him to provide costings for bringing the area into repair. MH and SO are to speak to Nigel Holman and  Rob Reed to see what progress has been made.

MH also advised the LAF that he may resurrect the walking festival in future years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAF

 

 

 

 

MH

SO

5

Matters Arising

Lodge Hill MC/11/2516

The Public Inquiry has been postponed until 2018. 

RS201 Halling

AT reported that he and AB would be attending another site meeting shortly. Work was progressing and the path would hopefully be opened in early 2017.

Gibraltar Farm – Nothing new to report.

Spendiff Farm

RW advised that the 2 PROW are muddy at the ends and suggests a sign be erected saying they are unsuitable for horses at the moment.

AT advised that this could be done but not enforced.

There is an ambition to upgrade the prow’s to bridleways and the concept has been agreed by one of the 2 landowners. The MOD need to be chased and the moratorium has meant little progress has been made regarding the upgrade. SS advised that CAMBIT were able to help with the legal costs.

Cuxton RS206  

IG was not present to give an update on his findings. AB advised that she would speak to Port Medway Marina and report back with an update.

Cliffe Pools

SS is working with the RSPB to move horses off the middle path by joining up the outer two paths at the dead ends.

MH suggested setting up a meeting to discuss all access at Cliffe Pools and SS  to set up with MH and AT/AB attending.

Coastal Path

2020 is the target date for completion of the coastal path around Medway. The path is straight forward from Iwade to Grain, with a new stretch of path around Kingsnorth hoped. MD expressed a concern about some of the landowners on the peninsular stretch of the path but AT advised that the legislation will force the path through.

Street Farm

No update.

RC 27 and 29 Bridleways at Lordswood Leisure Park

SS asked if the bridleways have been cleared. AT advised that he has been speaking with contractors but said we have to stagger the work we do as our budget is so small. LTP money has reduced from £32,000 to £20,000 with £13000 ring fenced for the RS44  leaving £7000 remaining this year. AT explained that KCC do speak to us about cross boundary ways but Medway do not have the money to improve our side.

Moore Street GB12 and GB13

Ongoing.

Land Registry Easement on Church Hill

IG dealing with, to update at the next meeting.

Grain Footpaths

MD advised that the footpath on top of the fort and others in the maze are nearly finished. MD and AB will meet on site to look at the paths and consider their formalisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AT

 

 

 

 

AB

 

 

 

SS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

MD

 

 

6

Medway Swale Estuary Partnership

No update.

 

7

Medway Matters – Walkers on crops

This article is to be printed in the Peninsula Times. RH did complain to Medway Matters about the size of the article they printed. SO suggested the LAF compile a self promotion article for Medway Matters and then perhaps incorporate the walkers on crops into that article, using a slightly different approach.

 

 

LAF

8

PROW Improvement Plan

Item to be carried forward.

 

 

 

9

Rede Common

No update.

 

10

Local Plan

SO had already updated the forum on this. MC are looking at all the development plans and ideas that have come in and seeking spatial opportunities and also projecting costs of future maintenance before drafting the plan.

MH is dealing with the green infrastructure, SO dealing with the health side of the plan. MH is also dealing with the Ward Improvement Plans.

 

 

 

11

KNP Annual Conference Report

SS to write up a summary of the meeting and circulate it.

 

SS

 

12

Annual Review

SS is typing the review and will circulate once completed. It was suggested that the review form the basis of the Medway Matters article.

 

 

SS

13

 

Funding for PROW 2016/7

The budget is £10,000 to cover all maintenance on all paths. Volunteers are heavily relied upon. AT advised he is looking at seeking help from the prison service as certain low risk prisoners can help. The prison service is a separate entity to the Probation Service, which has been privatised.

 

14

 

New LAF Chair and Secretary

Su Ormes has been appointed the chair of the LAF. The position of secretary has been delayed by the moratorium. In the meantime Highways will take the minutes of the meetings.

 

15

AOB

SS asked Martin Hall about the future surfacing of the RC25 as road stone may not be suitable for horses. SS to email MH, who will pass the mail onto Nigel Holman. SS suggested half the track is surfaced and half left unmade.

SS reported that the equestrians and walkers around Capstone Farm are in dispute again. AT and SS will speak with Nigel Holman about this issue.

MD informed the forum that he will be leading another 5 mile walk in Grain in the near future. He is also being requested to undertake presentations on Grain Coastal Park. He has raised over £300 so far from these activities.

MH spoke about the Strategic Access Estuary Monitoring Scheme which has been set up to deal with increased access to the coast, due to more development within 6km of the coast.

£223.58 is to be paid to this scheme per house built and will be used to manage and inform the public about the coast. £350,000 -£400,000 will be accrued each year and will pay to employ people and produce literature. The scheme will run in perpetuity  with an endowment to maintain the scheme in the future.

SS advised that RH sends her regards to the forum and hopes to be present at the December meeting.

AT thanked SO for taking up the reins as chair.

SO suggested that the forum mid meetings cease with immediate effect as they are poorly attended. The Chair and Vice Chair would prepare and circulate the agenda on everyone’s behalf. This motion was agreed.

SO asked AB to cancel the future room bookings for the mid meeting.

 

 

SS

 

AT

SS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

 

SO closed the meeting and thanked everyone for attending.

 

 

The Forum’s next main meeting will be held on Thursday 1 December 2016 at 4 pm with a pre-meeting for members at 3:30 pm in Conference Room G, Annexe B, Clock Tower Buildings, Strood.

 

 

                                                                Meeting of 6th June 2016

 

Medway Local Access Forum

Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 2 June 2016 at 4.00pm

Meeting Room G, Clock Tower Buildings, Strood, Kent

 

Item

Main Meeting

Action

 

Rita Hunt                                 Chair

Annmarie Behn (AB)               Public Rights of Way

Cllr Michael Dale (MD)            St James IOG Parish Council

Graham Jenkinson (GJ)          The Ramblers

Maggie Coleman (MC)            Open Spaces Society

Chris Morris (CM)                    Medway Towns Footpath Group

Ian Gray (IG)                           Cuxton Countryside Group

Sue Saunders (SS)                  British Horse Society

Cllr Andy Stamp (AS)               Medway Council

Karen Tamsett (KT)                  Senior Engineer Highways Management, Finance and Asset Management

Adam Taylor (AT)                     Public Rights of Way

 

1

Welcome to guests, members and officers

RH welcomed everyone to the meeting.

 

2

Apologies

Karen Tamsett, Cllr Stamp, Cllr Ives, Sue Ormes       

 

3

Minutes of last meeting

The Minutes of the last meeting were amended at item 4 to show ‘user initiatives’ rather than ‘walker initiatives’ and at  item 15 to show  ‘no costs’  for the KNP annual conference. They were then signed off.

 

 

4

Matters arising

Lodge Hill MC/11/2516

The Public Inquiry has been postponed until 2018.  This item will be kept on the agenda.

RS201 Halling

AT reported that he and AB had attended a site meeting. Work was progressing and the path would hopefully be opened in early 2017. He will send photos to show the works in progress. 

Gibraltar Farm – Nothing new to report.

Spendiff Farm

AT advised that his contact with CAMBIT had been minimal. He was speaking to a contractor about clearing vegetation and looking for costings to give to CAMBIT for lopping trees etc.

SS had inspected the crumb path and reported it was ok.

Cuxton RS206

IG reported that he had 5 names for Network Rail as they are the delaying point of the  creation of the diverted path. Once the diverted path has been created, the next stretch can be looked at.

Cliffe Pools

SS reported that this was ongoing and is talking to them. They are to have a planning meeting shortly and SS will report back at the next meeting. 

RS112 at Hoo

AB reported that the final manhole had at last been covered. This item can be removed from the agenda.

Grain/Allhallows Footpath / Coastal Path

AT advised that the stretch of path between Iwade and Grain is being addressed this year and the stretch from Grain to Gravesend in 2018.

NE want to build sea defences around the Grain oil refinery at some point  and  AT hopes it will help join up the paths.

MD advised that MC might want to speak to the owners of the ballast pit – AT said he would look at this when the coastal path reaches this area.

Street Farm

SS has checked the site and kept a watch for planning applications, but everything has gone quiet. She asked that should the planning go through, could the 2 severed bridleways be joined up. AT advised that the cost of this would be £150,000 and the Church Commissioners do not want a bridleway on their land.

RC 27 and 29 Bridleways at Lordswood Leisure Park

SS asked if the bridleways have been cleared. AT advised that he has been speaking with contractors but said we have to stagger the work we do as our budget is so small. LTP money has reduced from 32,000 to 7000 this year. AT explained that KCC do speak to us about cross boundary ways but Medway do not have the money to improve our side.

Moore Street GB12 and GB13

SS informed the forum there is a petition and asked whether there would be any possibility of speed restrictions in the area. AT said he would ask Integrated Transport.

Land Registry Easement on Church Hill

IG advised that the land was used principally for grazing and that the land had been sold without access. The matter has gone to tribunal and CCG feel they are caught in the middle.

Grain Footpaths

MD advised that the footpaths coming off  the top of the fort are very steep and the PC are not happy to make the routes PROW. AB and MD to revisit and reassess a possible path.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5

Medway/Swale Partnership

Nothing to report.

 

 

6

Temple Marsh

AB to invite someone to speak at the next meeting to advise the forum of what is happening. Mc/16/0600 is the application for reserved matters.

AB

7

Rochester Riverside/Horsewash Lane

AB explained the artisan container development that will be happening at Watermill Wharf which involves a  temporary diversion of the path to the steps.

 

 

 

8

Medway Matters - Walkers on Crops

RH to look at getting the article printed in the Peninsula times. The forum were very disappointed that the article was only allowed a few lines in Medway Matters and have asked who they need to complain to.

AB

RH

9

PROW improvement plan wish list

Item to be carried forward.

 

10

Rede Common

RH advised that the management plan is nearly complete.

 

 

11

Local Plan

RH and SS to find out when the next meeting is.

RH

SS

12

Kent Nature Partnership Annual Conference

RH and SS are attending this event on 28th June 2106

 

13

 

Annual Review

RH is currently writing the annual review, which she will forward to SS and then to MC.

RH

14

 

Funding for PROW for 2016/2017

The forum expressed their concern that the budget had remained at £10,000 and how it was not enough to maintain the paths, let alone improve them. They also expressed concern at the staff cut and will be writing to Medway Council on the matter.

RH

15

AOB

CM stated that PROW signage has improved despite the small budget. He advised that the sign by Morrisons needs attention.

RH advised that Morrisons volunteers helped out at Rede Common and wondered if PROW could tap into this resource.

The forum asked about the matter of a new secretary now that Ann had left for pastures new. AB advised that the post would be addressed but priority was being given to 2 full time positions in Highways that needed filling first. It was hoped that a new secretary would be in post over then next few months.

The forum asked if a local government officer can be chair. AB advised that although unusual, it is not stated as a negative in the LAF guidance. It is only stated that councillors cannot be chair.

IG thanked AT for the kissing gate at RS206 in Cuxton.

MC reported that there had been vandalism to the stiles on RS320.

The dates of next years meetings were discussed and the following dates diarised. AB will confirm the dates once it has been confirmed that the meeting rooms are available.

 

Main meetings

Thursday March 2nd  2017

Thursday June 1st 2017

Thursday September 7th 2017

Thursday December 7th 2017

 

Mid meetings

Tuesday 7th February 2017

Tuesday 9th May 2017

Tuesday 25th July 2017

Tuesday 7th November 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RH closed the meeting and thanked everyone for attending.

 

The Forum’s next mid-meeting will be held on Tuesday 12 July  2016 at 2 pm in conference room F, upstairs at the clock tower building, Strood.

The Forum’s next main meeting will be held on Thursday 1 September 2016 at 4 pm with a pre-meeting for members at 3:30 pm in Conference Room G, Annexe B, Clock Tower Buildings, Strood.

 

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