The independent report of the findings from NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG’s 12-week urgent care public consultation has been published today (Friday 13 December 2019).
Almost 16,500 people had their say in the consultation on the future location of an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) at Gravesham Community Hospital, Gravesend, or Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford. Responses from the questionnaires, feedback from key stakeholders, 30 community roadshows and three public listening events were analysed by an independent agency. The CCG also worked with Engage Kent to gather feedback from local people with disabilities and those living in rural parts of the area.
Findings show that overall, 80% of those who completed the survey favoured Gravesham Community Hospital (Option 1) as the location for the new UTC as opposed to 5% who thought the UTC should be based at Darent Valley Hospital (Option 2). The remaining 15% either had no view or did not answer the question.
The top reasons people gave for choosing their preferred location for the UTC were that – it was easily accessible by car or public transport and close to where they live. People who preferred Option 2 supported having the UTC located next to the existing A&E department. Local people, irrespective of their preferred option, raised concerns around parking and traffic congestion at Darent Valley Hospital and a perception that the facilities at the hospital were already being overstretched.
Other issues that people identified as important to themselves and their families included; public transport, cost of parking, hospital facilities, availability of adequate staff, pressures on existing services, and better promotion of NHS services. People also felt that the UTC should have particular regard to the needs of local residents such as the elderly, those on low income or who may not have English as their first language.
Once again, we want to thank everyone who took part in the consultation. The public consultation has helped us to identify key issues that are most important to local people and the CCG will be considering this feedback when we make our final decision.
A copy of the full report of the consultation findings and executive summary are available on the CCG website
The independent analysis was carried out by Verve Communications on behalf of the CCG and will form part of the decision making business case which is expected to be presented to the Governing Body on 16 January 2019. This meeting will be held in public and the public will have an opportunity to ask the Governing Body questions related to items on the agenda.
Communications and Engagement Team
NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG
Notice of the intention to make an Order to
temporarily close Public Footpath NS190
in the Parishes of Cobham and Luddesdown
In The Borough of Gravesham
Kent County Council
(Public Footpath NS190)
(Prohibition Of Traffic) Temporary Order 2020
Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Section 14(1), As Amended
By The Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991
Kent County Council intends to make an Order the
effect of which is to temporarily close Public
Footpath NS190 between Gold Street and Public
Footpath NS191 from the 6th January 2020
The path will be closed for a maximum of six months, although it is
expected that it will reopen before the 29th January 2020
The path is to be closed because of works to replace the footbridge.
The alternative route is via Gold Street and NS191 and will be signed for
the duration of the closure.
For detailed enquiries please contact John Pelham
Contact Centre no. 03000 417171
Or for further details on temporary closures on the Rights of Way Network
Temporary Road Closure - Thong Lane, Gravesend - 6th January 2020 for 2 nights between 21.00hrs and 05.00hrs
Thong Lane, Gravesend will be closed between Halfpence Lane and Vigilant Way.
The alternative route is Thong Lane, Rochester Road, Gravesend Road, Pear Tree Lane, The Ridgeway, Brewers Road, Halfpence Lane and vice versa.
The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while works are undertaken by Highways England.
For information regarding this closure please contact Highways England, who will able to assist with scope of these works.
Cobham Parish Council Meetings for 2020 All starting at 7.30 pm
Mon 6th Jan 2020 – Meadow Rooms
Mon 3rd Feb 2020 – Meadow Rooms
Monday 2nd March 2020 – St Mary’s Church Room
Mon 6th April 2020 – Meadow Rooms
Monday 4th May 2020 – St Mary’s Church Room
Mon 8th June 2020 – Meadow Rooms
Mon 6th July 2020 – Meadow Rooms
Monday 7th September 2020 – St Mary’s Church Room
Monday 5th October 2020 – St Mary’s Church Room
Monday 2nd November 2020 – St Mary’s Church Room
Urgent Road Closure - A227 Wrotham Road, Gravesend - 3 December 2019 (Gravesham)
It will be necessary to close A227 Wrotham Road, Gravesend from 3 December 2019 for up to 3 nights.
The alternative route is via Wrotham Road, Cross Lane West, Singlewell Road, Old Road West, Wrotham Road.
This is to enable Emergency carriageway patching and repairs to be carried out by Kent County Council.
It is planned that the road will be closed between 20:00 and 06:00
The Lower Thames Crossing is currently undertaking a series of ground investigations and surveys at locations throughout North Kent and Essex to help us to improve our proposals and to develop our application for the Development Consent Order.
The next phase of these investigations involving Archaeological Trial Trenching, which will begin in the next few weeks, starting in Thurrock.
What are you doing?
What is involved?
Where will the investigations take place?
When will the work take place?
You can find further details on where and when these surveys will be taking place on our website, including answers to some frequently asked questions.
It will be necessary to close Warren Road, Cobham from 19 November 2019 for up to 3 Days.
The road will be closed between the junctions of Cobhambury Road and Medway border.
The alternative route is via Cobhambury Road, The Street, Sole Street, Camer Road, Green Lane, A227, Harvel Road, White Horse Road, Birling Hill, Stangate Road, Snodland Road, Hollow Lane, Malling Road, A228 Snodland Bypass, Bush Road .
This is to enable Carriageway patching to be carried out by Kent County Council.
It is planned that the road will be closed between 07:00 and 19:00.
When we plan to carry out the work and how long it will take
This is to inform you that as part of the on-going maintenance and improvement of the highway network, Kent County Council will be carrying out patching repair work to the carriageway of Warren Road, Cobham between junctions with Luddesdown Road and the Medway border.
These road surface improvement works are programmed to start on the 19th November 2019 and should take up to 3 days to complete. These activities will be undertaken during a working window between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00hrs
This type of work can be affected by bad weather, so if it is not possible for us to carry it out at this time, 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 the road completely so that we can carry out the works safely for both the workforce and road users. During this closure, a signed diversion route will be in place during the closure via Cobhambury Road, The Street, Sole Street, Camer Road, Green Lane, A227, Harvel Road, White Horse Road, Birling Hill, Stangate Road, Snodland Road, Hollow Lane, Malling Road, A228 Snodland Bypass, Bush Lane and vice versa.
What we plan to do
Safety critical road defects will be repaired via saw cutting and removing the damaged road surface, and then reinstating in tarmac. Reinstatements will then be laid to profile and compacted to the level of the existing road surface.
How you can help
It is inevitable that residents and businesses near the works will experience some disruption, but we will try to keep these to a minimum. Any pavements will remain open at all times, but 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.
If your vehicle is usually parked on the carriageway, please make sure you park it somewhere else away from the site whilst the works are carried out, so the road is clear for us to complete these works activities.
We need your help to make sure the work is done as quickly as possible and to the best possible quality.
How to contact us
If you need more information, you can visit our website www.kent.gov.uk/highways to find out how we look after the roads throughout Kent or report any faults you find on our roads. Alternatively, you can call us on 03000 41 81 81.