**FOR INFO – ROAD CLOSURE** Castle Lane, Gravesend

Temporary Road Closure – Castle Lane, Gravesend – 23 November 2020
Because of gas main replacement works, Kent County Council has made an Order prohibiting through traffic on Castle Lane, Gravesend, as per the below or until the works have been completed.
Castle Lane – closed at the junction with Lower Higham Road
23 November 2020 for 3 weeks.
The alternative route is via Lower Higham Road, Chalk Road, A226 Rochester Road and vice versa.
Thank you for your continued support.
Higham Parish Council

FOR INFO: Lower Thames Crossing – Ground Surveys continue

Lower Thames Crossing – Ground Surveys continue

Highways England (HE) is currently undertaking a series of surveys at locations throughout North Kent and Essex to help improve their proposals and support the Development Consent Order application.

As well as continuing with ground investigations, archaeological trial trenching and utility trial trenching, HE will now also be carrying out nail surveys which involves installing small survey nails along and near to the proposed route.

What are they doing?

Ground investigations

This mainly consists of drilling boreholes with a rig through soils up to depths of 60m, to identify the geology, obtain samples, and carry out tests.

Archaeological trial trenching

HE are digging shallow trenches with mechanical excavators to assess the archaeological features of a site. The trenches are approximately 30 metres long and 2 metres wide.

Utility trial trenching

HE are digging small trenches either by hand-digging or with the use of a vacuum excavator, before scanning for existing belowground utilities.

Survey nails

HE are installing survey nails to identify the geographic coordinates of the proposed route and associated works. They are small in size and designed to ensure that they are not a trip hazard.

Where will the investigations take place?

The borehole and trench locations are mainly on private farmland along or near to the proposed route.

For some of the utilities surveys, the works can also include public roads. The survey nails will be installed on private land and public pathways or roads.

When will the work take place?

This phase of surveys will continue until early 2021. Most of the work will take place Monday to Friday, between 8am and 6pm with the possibility of some weekends. HE will continue to write to nearby residents in advance to let the know what is happening and when.

For further information visit the Highways England Communities page here:

Lower Thames Crossing - Community Pages

Higham Parish Council

Higham Library and Coronavirus

Higham Library and Coronavirus

A number of KCC libraries are now open for socially distanced browsing and our Select and Collect service. Sadly, Higham is not one of these. We will update our website and our Facebook page should we be notified of any changes to the current situation.

Kent Libraries

Please check the Events calendar on the Parish Council website for further details on events that are running or have been cancelled/postponed.

Events Calendar

Many thanks for your continued support.

The Parish Council