KCC Higways – Gorse Lane Footway Maintenance

Gorse Lane, Broomfield – Update

When we plan to carry out the work and how long it will take

This is to let you know that, as part of the on-going maintenance and improvement of the highway network, Kent County Council will be working to improve the footway surface of Gorse Lane, Herne Bay.

Due to changes in our construction programme, these footway surface improvement works are now programmed to start during the week commencing 26th of August and should take 4 days to complete. These activities will be undertaken between the hours of 8am & 5pm.
This type of work can be affected by bad weather, so if it is not possible for us to start the work within a few days of the specified date, we will arrange a new date and let you know via a letter drop to your home. We will also put up signs along the road before we start showing the date we plan to start work.

During these essential works it will be necessary to close sections of the footway so that we can carry out the works safely for both the workforce and road users
What we plan to do

The footway is beginning to show signs of wear and tear, so we are going to apply a new surface which will protect it and extend its life. This treatment is known as ‘slurry sealing’.
It may be necessary to prepare the existing surface by carrying out some patching or kerbing works as well as a weed spray, in some cases this work may have already taken place. Immediately before the works the surface will be power washed, kerbs and entrances to properties taped over and any necessary adjustments to the height of covers and ironwork in the footway are made, this is all to ensure a uniform line on the new layer is achieved. As works begin it may be necessary for the surface to receive an initial levelling layer to achieve a nice uniform base for the new slurry sealing to be applied.

After application the material sets fairly quickly and once finished all the tape will be removed allowing the footway to be re-opened, this is usually within an hour or so of ‘slurry sealing’ being applied. If you have any doubts whether the surface is ready to be walked on please ask the crew on site, they will be happy to assist.

We will carry out the work in sections and every effort will be made to maintain access to your driveway. However, there may be times when our work may cause you some inconvenience, but we will make every effort to keep disruption to a minimum. On completion the surface will be very dark in colour and course in texture, this is normal for this type of material, but its appearance will become more like you would expect over the following weeks.

How you can help us
Where possible we cut back vegetation overhanging the footway to ensure that we can achieve a full coverage, however this is not always possible. It would be extremely helpful if when receiving this leaflet, you could inspect any hedge, shrubs or grass that you may have near the footway and cut back any that may be overhanging.

If you have any special access arrangements, deliveries or any urgent concerns whilst we are working, please speak to the workmen on site in the first instance and they will be happy to help you.
When we work on the footways near your house our large vehicles will need to work in the road right next to the footway. We would really welcome your help by parking your vehicle away from the area that we are working in.

For your safety and the safety of our workforce, please drive carefully and slowly through the roadworks.
WARNING – Beware Bogus Callers
Kent County Council Highways, Transportation and Waste do not allow works to be carried out on
private properties. If anyone says they are working for us or our specialist contractors and offer to carry out any work for cash, they should be treated with caution. We advise you to contact Citizen’s Advice on 03444 111 444 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm)