Highways covers roads, signage, street-lighting, drainage and flooding, and safety. To view work in progress press press Log.

The maximum speed limit on the public roads throughout the village of Kingsdown is 20 mph for all road users

The maximum speed limit on Undercliffe Road is 20 mph.

Private roads set their own speed limits, which may be lower than 20 mph.

The maximum speed limit on Oldstairs Road is 20 mph.

These speed limits are set for safety reasons and also apply to cyclists.

Cyclists should reduce their speed when approaching pedestrians, particularly when travelling downhill on the cycle track from St. Margaret’s to Oldstairs Road, on Upper Street, or The Rise.

The Parish of Ringwould with Kingsdown has a combination of:

  • public highways for which Kent County Council is responsible
  • un-adopted / private roads maintained by a number of different Road Associations
  • roads which are owned by the Parish Council.

Oldstairs Road, Kingsdown is an un-adopted / private road and the speed limit is 20 mph. Please use it if you are a cyclist or member of the Golf Club, to alleviate congestion in the village, and improve safety. We have a large number of pre-school / primary school children and elderly residents walking about in the village, visitors to the beach also visit the shops and pubs on foot. 

Oldstairs Road was repaired by KCC as part of the National Cycle Network. KCC recovered contributions from UKRUA, Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club, Kingsdown Conservation Group and residents of Kingsdown. The Parish Council supported the project and contributed £2,000 to the overall cost of repairs. On 15th December 2015, Steve Rivers of KCC cut the ribbon and declared the road open.


Julian Dalrymple, Steve Rivers, Adrian Jackson of Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club and Parish Councillors Barbara Hansom and David Bucknell.

On our home page you will see a link to Google maps, if visiting for the first time please find the camp sites or golf club before leaving home, as often the internet signal is low in the village of Kingsdown and sat navs and mobile phones may not work. If you are moving house, we suggest you consider using a firm that is able to provide smaller vans, as both villages are difficult for the larger removal vans to manoeuvre. 


KCC manages work to the public highways and the pipes and cables below and above it.

Virtually real time information on roadworks planned or current and the type of traffic control and likely disruption caused is available on roadworks – the webpage can be customised to match the level of information required and can provide alerts on a route or cover an area of interest.


If you wish to report a damaged or missing road sign please press road-signs 


If you wish to report damaged or missing street lights please press street-lights

Drainage and Flooding

KCC has produced short guides which explain the services they provide and how they are delivered. They explain their legal responsibilities and also the roles and responsibilities of others.

Maintenance of roadside drains – to find out more press drains

Practical advice to help you create a flood plan – to find out more press flood plan

What can be done to ensure drains are maintained effectively?

If fallen leaves are covering the gully grills and you can safely remove them then please do.  When removing leaves from the drains, be careful not to step into traffic on the road and be aware of pedestrians on the pavements. Don’t lift the drain covers or put your hands into the drain as there may be sharp objects you cannot see. Wearing gloves is always a good idea if you are clearing leaves.

If you have blocked drains that are posing a risk to safety or affecting homes and you are unable to clear them, please report them. The best way to do this is with the online fault reporting tool which also allows you to track your enquiry:


Driving in bad weather, Winter Driving – Act Now, before bad weather arrives. Find out more at roadsafety

Last year, over 200 pedestrians and cyclists, aged 12 to 16, were injured on Kent and Medway roads, for more information press here

For more facts about drinking and driving and to see KCC’s latest campaign visit road safety

Drug driving is detectable at the roadside.


Lorry Watch is a scheme run by local residents. Community volunteers record details of lorries that are suspected of using unsuitable roads or not sticking to the limits and restrictions.Once the information is collected, it is passed to Kent Police who can find the vehicle’s registered keeper.If you want to report a lorry using restricted roads press lorry watch


If there are any other matters you wish to draw to our attention contact the Parish Clerk or e mail parishclerkrwk@gmail.com