The Kent Rights of Way Improvement plan
About the scheme
The Kent Rights of Way Improvement Plan is designed to increase the use and enjoyment of Kent’s public rights of way and open greenspace. The plan supports the delivery of projects that contribute to positive health outcomes, rural businesses, the local economy and that help to reduce congestion.
A number of schemes that help to deliver the positive outcomes identified in the Rights of Way Improvement Plan are completed as part of the Single Local Growth Fund project. The Single Local Growth Fund is specifically supporting the delivery of a range of small scale local improvements to routes that provide sustainable transport connections to areas of employment and education across the county. The schemes often make use of existing public rights of way, diverting and upgrading them to encourage and support higher levels of use. A range of other benefits are to:
- provide safe and attractive direct routes between residential, workplace and education locations
- open up leisure routes in historically important areas
- reduce car journeys and therefore CO2 emissions
- improve and maintain the local environment
- free up road space and improve journey times for everyone
- support the growth in housing and jobs.
Schemes in progress
Current schemes are:
- Finberry to Ashford scheme – work has begun on two sections of the new route to link the Finberry residential housing development at Cheesemans Green to Ashford town centre and International train station.
- Powder Mills scheme (Leigh to Tonbridge) – construction of this project to link the Powder Mills development to Tonbridge is due begin in spring 2018. The necessary agreements have been secured and design work is complete.
- St Peter’s Village - the plan is to link the completed Medway Towpath at Aylesford with the new housing development at Peters Village, Burham as well as further improving the Medway Towpath between Aylesford and Mill Hall Station.
Further projects at Ashford and Leybourne are being developed.
The scheme has £1.3 million funding including a contribution of £1m from the Local Growth Fund round, provided as part of the growth deal to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.