We are able to update you on a number of issues relating to Valley Road.
Resurfacing of Valley Road
Kent County Council has rescheduled the micro surfacing of Valley Road (from Sun Hill to Scudders Hill) for 3rd, 4th and 5th October. The weekend working will be all day – meaning the road will be closed – and any works that roll into Monday will start from 9.30am.
They advise that any areas identified for prior treatment will be undertaken under the safety of the road closure – we have flagged the terrible state of the road south of the junction with Manor Lane.
Vehicle access to properties will need to be restricted for a short period while work is carried out in front of each property. If you have any particular access needs, please let the workforce on site know and they will do their best to help you.
Generally, within 14 days of completing the works the road markings will be reinstated and within eight weeks the ironworks (road drain covers, manhole covers etc.) will be adjusted to suit the new surface.
Further information on the work being carried out can be found here: KCC information about the resurfacing of Valley Road
Surface Water Flooding
Following complaints from us and from residents, Kent County Council has been undertaking CCTV surveys of Valley Road around the village green to investigate why it continually floods. It appears the system should drain into a soakaway on the grass verge at the junction with Fawkham Green Road, which has now been emptied of silt, and is due to have a more thorough cleanse and test to confirm it is functioning correctly.
There are four drainage gullies in Fawkham Green Road which are thought to also drain into this soakaway. These were last cleansed in April with no defects identified, and are due to be cleansed again, to ensure they are clear and working coming into Autumn/Winter. KCC ask us to let them know if there is any more drainage in that road, and will check these too.
We have also asked them to look into a soakaway and gully that is believed to exist south of the school. Although this isn’t on their system, local residents can recall its existence. If it is still there it will be cleansed and put back into operation which should further help the surface water floods to drain more quickly.
Fawkham/Valley Road/Brands Hatch Road has had a litter pick and been swept by SDC, following a request by Fawkham Parish Council. A team of three came early morning Tuesday and Wednesday and, although not every piece of litter has gone, the road is looking a lot better. The section from the green to the school will start to be swept again every 8 weeks, with a litter pick and sweep of the whole road every 6-8 months.