Holiday Activities and Food Programme (Kent)

INFORMATION FROM THE HAF PROGRAMME

The Government have agreed to fund the HAF Programme until 2025, which means eligible children and families will continue to benefit from the exciting opportunities and support for at least another 2 years.  Applications will open in January 2023 for organisations to apply for to deliver the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme in Kent, during the 2023 Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays.

If you currently provide or would like to provide, physical activities, enrichments, nutritional food for children and young people and support for their families over the holidays, then we would be keen to hear from you and explore how we can support you to deliver the HAF Programme.

The funding allows children and young people aged 4-16 years who are eligible for benefits related free school meals to access high quality holiday activities over Easter, summer and Christmas and we are particularly looking at developing HAF provision for secondary aged children.

The delivery model for the Programme is 4 hours a day for 4 days a week for 6 weeks a year (4 weeks in the summer) and we would be happy to discuss how organisations can deliver and provide opportunities to meet the needs of the communities they are working with.  We’re particularly keen to hear from organisations who are interested in delivering activities for 13 – 16 year olds.

Please see our website for more information or contact KentHAF@theeducationpeople.org to go on our mailing list.

 

The Queens Green Canopy – Ash Crescent

Three residents in the street (from Ash Crescent), Amy Furrents,  Alison Furrents and Ian Pearson in Higham, Kent decided to organise a street party for the jubilee for the community and take part in The Queens Green Canopy too, to help with the environment and hopefully help a small way with the climate changes that is happening to our world.

The money for the tree and plaque came from kind donations from present and past residents of Ash Crescent, which was donated at the street party in June 2022.

The tree was going to be planted originally to celebrate the Queens platinum jubilee, but due to the sad loss of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II this year, the oak tree was planted in her memory instead.

The planting took place at Dickens court Green, Mountbatten avenue, Higham on the 5 November 2022 at 12pm. With the local Parish and Borough Councillor Les Pearton supporting the event and saying a few words, praising the residents of Ash Crescent for planting a tree and taking part in The Queens Green Canopy. After the event, every resident that turned up for the tree planting, helped plant the tree, each taking it turns to add some soil.

A plaque was then placed in front of the tree.  The plaque was designed by a local business, Phil from Kent Lasercraft.  He has created many projects in Higham and surrounding areas, his beautiful WW1 soldiers for Remembrance Day have been seen in many places.

The day went well, even the rain held off for the planting.

M20 Moveable Barrier: overnight closure notification

Dear Stakeholder

M20 Moveable Barrier: overnight closure notification
I’m writing to introduce myself as the new project manager for the M20 Moveable Barrier scheme and to let you know of some upcoming overnight road closures.

London-bound carriageway closures
To carry out some survey work ahead of switching to the London-bound verge phase of works, the M20 London-bound between junctions 9 and 8 will be closed from 8:00pm on Saturday 12 November until 6:00am on Sunday 13 November 2022.

Diversion route: a clearly signed diversion route along the A20 will be in place. Over-height vehicles should use the A2, M2 and A249.

Coastbound carriageway closures
To protect the travelling public and our workforce while we carry out drainage installation at certain points within the central reservation, we’ll be installing further sections of the temporary safety barrier. This work will be noisier than our usual work. To carry out this work safely, the M20 coastbound between junctions 7 and 9 will be closed from 8:00pm on Sunday 13 November until 6:00am on Monday 14 November 2022.

Diversion route: traffic will be diverted off the M20 at junction 6 to connect with the A229, where drivers will be directed to use the A229 northbound to the M2 junction 3 where they’ll head eastbound along the M2 to junction 7. Traffic will then travel eastbound along the A2 to Dover Docks. Once in Dover, traffic will be directed to the London-bound A20 and on to the M20, where the diversion will end at M20 junction 10.

We’ll let you know in advance when we’re closing the road overnight. Very occasionally we’re unable to give you notice – that’s normally when work is safety critical and urgent. We may also need to cancel work or change the date if there’s bad weather or any other unplanned event. You can check the National Highways closure report which is updated daily with the latest information: https://nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/daily-closure-report/.

You can also find all the latest information on our Twitter feed, Facebook page, and the traffic information pages of our website at https://nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/.

Thank you for your cooperation whilst we carry out this work.

Yours faithfully

 Gary Jeans
Project Manager

National Highways | Bridge House | 1 Walnut Tree Close | Guildford | GU1 4LZ

Web: http://www.nationalhighways.co.uk

M20 Moveable Barrier: project update

M20 Moveable Barrier: project update

I’m writing to let you know that the Operation Brock contraflow will be removed overnight on Saturday 3 September 2022. This means that our work on the M20 Moveable Barrier Scheme can restart. The moveable barrier will remain in place on the London-bound M20 between junctions 9 and 8 as we’ll be using it as our traffic management system as we’ve done throughout.

Overnight closure

To remove the contraflow system, both the M20 London-bound between junctions 9 and 8 and the M20 coastbound between junctions 7 and 9 will be closed from 8:00pm on Saturday 3 September until 6:00am on Sunday 4 September 2022.

During this closure, the following clearly signed diversion routes will be in place:

  • Coastbound traffic will be diverted off the M20 at junction 7 to take the A249 northbound to the M2 Junction 5, then continue on the M2 and A2 to Dover. Traffic for Eurotunnel will need to then take the A20 London-bound until it joins the M20 at junction 13. Traffic can then leave the M20 at junction 11 for Eurotunnel.
  • London-bound traffic will be diverted along the A20. Over-height vehicles should use the A2, M2 and A249.

Noisy work

To keep closures to a minimum, the M20 Moveable Barrier project will use the overnight closure on 3 September to install a temporary safety barrier along sections of the outside lane on the coastbound carriageway. The barrier is being installed to protect the travelling public and our workforce whilst we carry out drainage improvements. Installing this barrier will be noisier than our usual work and so I wanted to give you advance notice of this.

Lane closures

As work will be restarting on the M20 Moveable Barrier scheme, the following lane closures will again be required between junctions 8 and 9 in both directions.

  • London-bound carriageway: the outside two lanes will be closed using the moveable barrier. The hard shoulder will be in use, so there will be two lanes running London-bound, and a 50-mph speed restriction will be in place.
  • Coastbound carriageway: for safety reasons, whilst we’re working in the central reservation, the outside lane will be closed using cones. We’ll aim to only close the section of road where work is taking place. Where the outside lane is closed, there will be a 50-mph speed limit in place.

As ever, our dates are subject to change in the case of adverse weather or other unplanned events.

Apart from occasionally closing the carriageway for traffic management changes, our work will be carried out mainly under lane closures only. Wherever possible we’ll tell you in advance if we need to close the road overnight.  There may, however, be occasions due to unforeseen circumstances, for example safety critical emergency work, where we may be unable to publicise closures in advance. Similarly, our dates are subject to change in the case of adverse weather or other unplanned events. You can check the National Highways closure report which is updated daily with the latest information: https://nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/daily-closure-report/.

You can also find all the latest information on our Twitter feed, Facebook page, and the traffic information pages of our website at https://nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/.

Thank you for your cooperation whilst we carry out this work.

Yours faithfully

 Afsheen Mortazaie-Far,

Project Manager

National Highways | Bridge House | 1 Walnut Tree Close | Guildford | GU1 4LZ

Temporary Road Closure – Sandhill Lane, Higham – 6th December 2021 for 1 day

Temporary Road Closure – Sandhill LaneHigham6th December 2021 for 1 day between 09.30hrs and 15.30hrs

Sandhill LaneHigham will be closed for the entire length.

The alternative route is Gore Green Road, Lower Rochester Road and vice versa.

The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while works are undertaken by Openreach.

For the most up to date information on these works please visit: https://one.network/?tm=124178342

For information regarding this closure please contact Openreach, who will able to assist with the scope of these works.