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How gritting works

The University of Kent’s Landscape Management team are always up early and working hard to keep the campus safe and serviceable for all. During icy weather, they grit the campus roads and footpaths to reduce the risk of accidents to staff, students, and visitors.

What many people do not realise is, there is a fine art to gritting. Timing is everything. If you go too early, you waste the grit, because it lands on a dry road and is blown away by the displaced air as vehicles drive past. If it is raining heavily then it just washes away. Ideally the grit goes down on a damp surface and starts to stick, but if you are too late the surface is already frozen and the salt has to work harder to be effective but it will prevent big sheets of ice forming.

The salt is hygroscopic which means that it attracts moisture from the air and it only becomes activated when it is ‘trafficked’. When the grit is driven over the salt grinds down and mixes with the moisture it attracts and becomes the ideal brine, a salty water, which is when it is most effective.

Similar to how local authorities manage gritting, the Estates department will grit all University of Kent roads and main footpaths before starting on other areas across the campuses. Further information on the prioritised primary routes can be found on Goggle Maps.

For more information see the University’s Snow and Ice Policy.

wheel stop

Installation of wheel stops to Sports Centre Road

It had been noticed that the cars parking in Sports Centre Road were sometimes overhanging the footpath, restricting its width, especially where the path narrows around the tree outside of the Jennison building.

To try to help prevent this wheel stops made from 100% recycled rubber have been installed in 4 of the parking bays nearest to the tree.

If the wheel stops prove successful in keeping the footpath clear, especially for wheelchair users, we would like to extend the installation to the remaining bays on the Jennison side of the road.

We would be grateful to receive any feedback on this trial. Any comments can be sent to s.thomson@kent.ac.uk

Visitor Parking: P&D Machines

On Tuesday 6th April, the pay and display machines will be back in action having been updated with new contactless and pay by phone options available, as well as, the existing pay by coin option.

Pay and Display machine

Central Visitor and Sports Centre pay and display car parks are for visitors only. Staff and students are not permitted to park in these car parks from Monday to Friday, between 8am and 5pm. Staff and students parking on campus must ensure that they have purchased the relevant permit to park and are parked in a marked bay in a car park their permit is valid for.

Enforcement remains in operation and vehicles not parked correctly as per the regulations for the management of traffic may be issued with a parking charge notice.

For information on student permits to park on campus, please visit www.kent.ac.uk/transport/byroad/student


Car park and road updates

Canterbury Campus

For the larger Applicant Days, please consider car sharing, using alternative modes of transport where reasonably possible, or working from home (please arrange with your manager).

Freedman Student Centre (Sports Centre Pink Zone Car Park)

From now until Wednesday 31 July

36 bays closed to assist with the building of the Freedman Student Centre, requested by Estates Department.

Boccia Event (Sports Centre Blue Zone Car Park Closed)

Thursday 7 March

To assist with Boccia accessible parking, as requested by Kent Sport

Applicant Days (Rutherford & Tyler Court Car Parks)

Rutherford and Tyler Court car park will be closed to assist with the following Applicant Days as requested by Enrolment Management Services.

  • Wednesday 6 March- 133 bays
  • Wednesday 13 March- 123 bays

Applicant Days (Giles Lane Car Park)

Bays will be reserved in Giles Lane car park (rear of Woolf) to assist with the following Applicant Days as requested by Enrolment Management Services.

  • Thursday 7 March- 9 bays
  • Friday 8 March- 9 bays
  • Thursday 14 March- 5 bays

Job Fair (Eliot car park)

Tuesday 12 March

35 bays (estimate) will be reserved to assist with Jobshop Job Fair, as requested by Kent Union.

Medway campus

There are no known car park disruptions to Medway campus for the next two weeks. Any disruptions that we are made aware of will be updated on the transport events calendar

Repairs to potholes- Canterbury Campus

Tuesday 11 December- Wednesday 12 December there will be some minor works taking place to repair various portholes around Canterbury campus.

The re-marking of hatched areas and parking bays at various locations around campus will also take place at the same time.

The car parks which will be affected are:

  • Sports Centre
  • Registry
  • Eliot
  • Rutherford
  • Monkswell
  • Becket Court

This work will require Campus Security to close some parking bays in these car parks.

Footpaths will be open and the roads will not be closed while this work is carried out, although there will be some barriers in places. Disruption whilst this work is being carried out will be kept to an absolute minimum.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and if there are any queries please contact Estates Customer Services on extension 16666.