SURVEY WORKS on A2 from 25 January 2021

Lower Thames Crossing – Utility Trial Trenching along the A2

Balfour Beatty, on behalf of Highways England (HE), will be starting utility survey works on the A2 near Inn on the Lake that may require them to temporarily reduce the number of lanes from 4 down to 3.

  • WHERE: The survey works will take place on the A2 hard shoulder adjacent to Inn on the Lake
  • WHEN: From 25 January to latest May 2021
  • WHAT: The works will involve excavating trenches and using scanning equipment to identify the position and direction of an existing gas main.

The works will be carried out in phases, with Phase 1 anticipated to take one month and Phase 2, if required, could take up to three months.

Phase 1 will only close the hard shoulder with 4 lanes of traffic still open. However, on the 25th January there will be a full lane closure for one night on this section of the A2 (coastbound from Hever Court Road roundabout) with full diversion signs in place.

If during the first phase of digging HE are unable to identify the gas main, they will then have to dig a deeper excavation (Phase 2). If this is required, HE would also need to close a small section of lane one on the A2 east bound carriageway. This is due to the proximity to the deep excavation and for the safety of staff.  The closure of lane one would be between the Gravesend East junction and Cobham and Shorne. Traffic would also be reduced to 50mph between these points.

These surveys are to help HE better understand the locations of existing underground utilities along and near to the proposed route of the Lower Thames Crossing. This will help them plan utility diversions and where they would be required to build the project.

For more information on these survey activities, please visit the HE website Highways England – Utility Trial Trenching for the Lower Thames Crossing .

Thank you for your continued support.

Higham Parish Council

ROAD CLOSURE Pear Tree Lane, Shorne


Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 – Section 14 (2)

Kent County Council gives notice that Pear Tree Lane, Shorne will be closed to through traffic, on or after 31st December 2020 for up to 3 days.

The road will be closed at ‘Woodside’.

The alternative route is via Tanyard Hill, Forge Lane, Gravesend Road, Pear Tree Lane & Vice Versa.

This closure is necessary to enable restoration of customers services to be carried out by UK Power Networks.

This Notice applies when the relevant signs and barriers are on site and is valid for a period of no more than 5 days.

Signed for and on behalf of the Kent County Council

Simon Jones, Director of Highways Transportation & Waste

Dated this 31st day of December 2020
Kent County Council, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ


The Great British Spring Clean will be back next year!

We can’t wait to start planning for the Spring 2021 campaign. This doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year to continue litter picking in Higham though, you can easily and quickly sign up to pledge your time on the Keep Britain Tidy website using the link below:
Pledge to do your own individual clean-up and you can give as little as 15 minutes!
We will use our Facebook page and our website to keep residents updated on developments and arrangements for the Great Spring Clean Up 2021. In the meantime, save the following dates in your diaries for the Higham Great Spring Clean Up:

28 May – 13 June 2021

If you want to register early interest in supporting the Parish Council with this initiative in Spring 2021, then please do so by simply emailing Councillor Sparks or Councillor Gilby – follow the link below for contact details:


Thank your for your continued support.


Higham Parish Council