Working for our community

SRFTC, a group of villagers, was set up in May 2005 to address the serious traffic problems facing Teston – the volume and speed of traffic through the village and the increasing number of fatal accidents along the A26.

SRFTC decided to assess the problems, identify realistic solutions and campaign for their implementation by producing a village-wide scheme in consultation with villagers and KCC Highways.

The Teston Traffic Calming Report (February 2006) was presented to the 3 main KCC/MBC Highways Boards with the support of local County and Borough Councillors. Monthly updates, “Tapestry” entries and exhibitions in the Village Hall in May and October 2006 and May 2007 sought views and kept our community in touch with progress.

A grant of £12,000 from the Maidstone Local Board for 3 gateways (2 on the A26 and 1 on Malling Road ) was given in August and KCC subsequently granted a further £50,000 for the village-wide scheme. KCC also funded the resurfacing of the A26 in 2007.

A Petition in April 2007, signed by over 230 villagers and drivers using Malling Road, to bring forward the gateway on Malling Road ahead of the scheme on the A26 was presented by Councillor Stockell to the Highways Advisory Board. The Petition prompted a revision of the start date for the village-wide scheme. Work started on Teston’s traffic calming scheme on July 9 2007.  The village scheme started at South Lodge Bend, on the A26, finishing with the Malling Road gateway and the resurfacing of the A26.