Upcoming Road Closures from 9th March – Gas Mains Replacement Works

Because of gas mains replacement, Kent County Council has made an Order prohibiting through traffic on Chalk Road and Lower Higham Road, as per the below or until the works have been completed. The roads will be closed as and when signage is displayed on site. See below for details:

9 March 2020 to 17 April 2020
Chalk Road – at the junction of A226 Rochester Road. The alternative route is via A226 Rochester Road, Lower Higham Road, Chalk Road and vice versa.

14 April 2020 to 2 July 2020
Lower Higham Road – between Chalk Road and Castle Lane. The alternative route is via Lower Road, Chalk Road, Higham, School Lane, Villa Road, A226 Gravesend Road/Rochester Road, Chalk Road, Gravesend, Vicarage Lane and vice versa.


The Parish Council

Higham Speedwatch Group Needs You!

Higham Speedwatch Group, coordinated by Peter Leakey (Higham resident), is a voluntary group dedicated to making Higham’s roads and lanes a safer place to enjoy. They are now looking for new recruits to join their valuable work in the our community.


The group go out and about in Higham regularly with mobile speeding equipment and record speeds of passing vehicles.  Any vehicles that are over the speed limit are reported to the Police. For instance, in a 30mph speed limit area, we report vehicles travelling at 35mph and above to the police; in a 40mph area, we report speeds of 46 mph and above to the police. This is in line with Community Speedwatch guidelines.

Why volunteer for Higham Speedwatch?

Higham Parish Council is lobbying for a weight restriction in the village in Villa Road, Forge Lane and School Lane. We need to look at baseline data and solid evidence of traffic movements (average speeds and type of vehicles) through the village which will help to make our case more robust.

Peter is looking for new recruits to join the valuable work he undertakes in our community. Use the link below to contact Peter Leakey for more information on how to become a Community Speedwatch volunteer:

Email Peter Leakey


More about Community Speedwatch

Community Speedwatch is a national initiative where, in partnership with the police, members of communities use detection devices to monitor local vehicle speeds.

The volunteers report drivers exceeding the speed limit to the police with the aim of educating drivers to slow down.

If the data proves a driver is ignoring repeated warnings police can prosecute them. The aim is to:

  • reduce death and injury on the roads
  • improve the quality of life for local communities
  • reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit
  • increase public awareness of inappropriate speed

Please see the CSW video below for more information on how the scheme works in practice.


For more information on CSW visit the Community Speedwatch website:

communityspeedwatch.org

 

Higham Community Warden – Paul Hassell

Kent’s community wardens are out and about between 7.30am and 10pm every day in 128 Kent communities including ours who covers Higham, Chalk, Cobham and Sole Street.

His name is Paul Hassell and you may have met him at the monthly drop-in sessions held at Higham library or you may have seen him out and about in the village. He is a very friendly and approachable warden (as they all are) and is more than happy to take your calls relating to all manner of issues relating to low-level crime in our village.

As a Community Warden, Paul

  • can tackle low-level crime and antisocial behaviour (such as graffiti, littering, fly tipping and vandalism)
  • can take names and addresses and control traffic
  • is a reassuring uniformed presence
  • is fully trained to the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme before starting their work
  • encourages our community to work together and make things better for everyone
  • works closely with Kent Police and other professional authorities
  • talks with local people, offering information and advice e.g. Paul attends our monthly drop-in surgery at Higham Library (see below for more details)
  • takes part in local community activities e.g. attends Parish Council meetings to provide his monthly report.

Meet Paul

The Community Warden drop-in surgery is held on the last Thursday of the month between 2.30pm and 4pm in Higham Library. Why not meet him at the next drop-in surgery on 28th November 2019? 

If you wish to make a report of a low-level crime that you have witnessed or perhaps you have observed suspicious activity in Higham, you can contact Paul directly:

07811 271256
Paul.Hassell@kent.gov.uk


Want to know more?

Find out more about the Community Wardens in Kent by visiting the Community Wardens website here:

Kent Community Wardens

The Parish Council

Higham’s Defibrillators – January 2020 Update

Back in October 2018, Higham residents were able to learn about the Defibrillator equipment that has been installed at the recreation ground in the village by Higham Parish Council.

Awareness sessions were organised to demonstrate the defibrillator in late 2018 when our first machine was installed on the recreation ground in School Lane. Residents were invited to “have a go” using the training equipment. These sessions were part of the ‘Restart a Heart’ campaign – a designated annual day of action with the aim to teach vital life-saving cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible – visit the website of the Resuscitation Council (UK) for more details:

Resuscitation Council (UK)

So far, around 200 people resident in and around Higham have been shown how to use a defibrillator and the Parish Council are hoping to get involved in this campaign again in 2020. More details on the 2018 campaign can be found here:

Restart a Heart Day 2018


Update January 2020

Currently (January 2020) our defibrilator is located on the recreation ground and is accessible 24/7. A further two defibrilators have now been purchased with the help of money from Higham Parish Council and fundraising initiatives by local groups. Locations for our two new machines and installation details are still being finalised, but rest assured, they will be up and running shortly.

Keep checking our news section for announcements.


Fact File
  • When someone suffers cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by at least 7 – 10%.

  • Although Higham is a village with a large older population, defibrillators help save the lives of people of all ages; 12 -15 young people die from heart related causes each week.

  • Having equipment in easily accessible locations in local communities helps save lives.

  • There are 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year. Chances of survival increase significantly with early access to CPR and defibrillation.

Nuralite Planning Application Ref 20190290

HAVE YOU SENT YOUR COMMENTS TO GRAVESHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL YET?

PLEASE DO IT TODAY!

If you are having problems with the online form, Gravesham Borough Council have provided us with two additional and dedicated email addresses to send your objections too:

planning.admin@gravesham.gov.uk

and 

planning.reps@gravesham.gov.uk

Please quote Application Reference 20190290 in your correspondence. Don’t forget to request a written receipt for your objection in your email.

If you do not have access to email, you can write with your comments and send them to the following address:

Planning and Regeneration Services
Gravesham Borough Council
Civic Centre
Windmill Street
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1AU

 

For more information, visit the Nuralite Planning Application page on our website by clicking here.

The Parish Council