BADGERS MOUNT Sevenoaks, Kent

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ROAD MAINTENANCE FUND
For the unadopted/private roads in Badgers Mount. Road Fund History

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The Badgers Mount Road
Maintenance Fund

The roads within the maintenance fund are:

Badgers Road
Highland Road
Johnsons Avenue
Milton Avenue

The current contributions to the
Badgers Mount Road Maintenance Fund:

Basic for household: £40.00
Additional payment for each regularly used vehicle
: £30.00

Officers of the Fund

Chairman
 
Treasurer
Secretary

Roger King
rk.bmrmf@gmail.com 
Gordon Plumb
Dianne Wills

Tel: 534214
 
Tel: 534279


Road Representatives

Badgers Road
Highland Road
Johnsons Avenue
Milton Avenue

Olive Came
Richard Ruston
Dianne Wills
Maureen Simmons

 

Repairs to Highland Road - July 2002
Repairs underway in Highland Road
Picture July 2002

20mph Badgers Mount private roads speed
THE SPEED LIMIT ON THE UNADOPTED/PRIVATE ROADS WITHIN BADGERS MOUNT IS 20MPH

NEWSLETTER JULY 2018

Dear Residents,

It's that time again! Oh where has the year gone? I have just completed my first term as Chairman of the Road Fund and I have been wondering what I took on and, indeed, sometimes why?!!

There have been a considerable number of issues of misuse of our roads throughout the year with several areas of physical damage including road edge erosion by badly driven lorries as well as thoughtless car parking on verge edges. In almost all cases these vehicles have been visitors to our hamlet, but we all have to foot the bill for repairing the damage. Generally the offending vehicle is unseen, but their mark is left. However on a number of occasions where liveried vehicles have been seen causing damage, successful claims have been made against the companies.

Many of you are aware that earlier this year Vodafone constructed a new telecommunication mast in the field at the eastern end of Badgers Road alongside the M25. These works caused considerable damage to our roads, verges and trees. The contractor assured me that full repairs and reinstatements would be carried out, but regrettably this promise has not been honoured. The Road Fund holds Vodafone totally responsible for this damage and I am currently negotiating a financial payment following their gross misuse. KCC is also involved in respect of the eastern section of Badgers Road which has been left in a very dangerous and appalling condition.

A number of areas of potential road subsidence are being monitored as our part of Badgers Mount continues to have a steady flow of very large heavy vehicles servicing building works together with the ever increasing trend of internet shopping which is creating a plethora of white vans, lorries and supermarket delivery vehicles. We also have a marked increase in the number of private cars on the Mount. None of this is surprising nor, indeed, unexpected in the 21st century. However our roads are still in the 20th century and they were not designed and built for this current use. Normal resurfacing and repairs may not be sustainable if the substructure fails and a major rethink on our roads is perhaps only a few years away. This will be a costly exercise and our funds will need to be considerably bolstered. It was partly because of this and partly because of the increased costs in maintaining the roads that at the recent BMRMF AGM there was a vote in favour of making a nominal increase in the amount each household pays to the Fund.

During the year subscription payment reminders were circulated together with a number of personally addressed letters to non-payers. I am grateful to the very small number of residents who replied to my letter and I respect their views. However, we still have 24 occupied properties who, one way or another, make use of our roads but who contribute absolutely nothing towards their upkeep. Despite this we must continue to maintain our roads and the standard of our part of Badgers Mount, as this reflects not only on our environment but also on our property values.

One final point I should like to raise is that we are receiving a large number of complaints from residents about SPEEDING vehicles - particularly private cars - on our roads. May I take this opportunity to remind ALL drivers, that the speed limit is 20 MPH. This limit was set for the safety of everyone and should be adhered to please. If residents fail to do so, then a proposal has been put forward that we should again consider having speed bumps installed.

On behalf of the Committee, I sincerely thank all of you who continue to support the Badgers Mount Road Maintenance Fund.


Kind regards
Roger King

Chairman

Surface dressing Highland Road - July 2015

Highland Road - Marchants surface dressing July 2015

Road Fund History

Early in the 1960s, following the building of some houses and bungalows in Highland Road, a few residents held a meeting to discuss the possibility of funding a scheme to lay a surface to Highland Road. The road then was nothing more than a cart track of flints and large pot holes. Footwear during the winter months was definitely gumboots with thick soles!

The meeting successfully raised a sum of money to make a start on filling pot holes with tarmacadam. Under the name Highland Association, the group called upon all residents in the road to contribute into a fund so that more work could be carried out in successive years.

However, after the worst section of Highland Road had been treated (in 1965), residents in Milton Avenue and Badgers Road were impressed and following a meeting of all residents of the three roads, the Badgers Mount Road Maintenance Fund was born. Johnsons Avenue joined the fund on the 1st January 1988.

Albert Thomas

Note:
The Badgers Mount Road Maintenance Fund and the Residents' Association are separate bodies.

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