Road closure and diversion signs that ‘don’t go anywhere’ blamed for 60% fall in trade at Manston Golf Centre

Michael says the confusing and lengthy diversion means visitors are not coming to the golf site

A golf centre boss says visitor numbers have dropped by 60% because of a road closure outside the business and diversion signs that “don’t go anywhere.”

Michael Humphries from Manston Golf Centre and Rascal Bay miniature golf course, says road closures – which had been one way but are now both ways- have resulted in a lengthy 25 minute detour which isn’t signed for the entire route, meaning visitors are unable to find their way to the business.

There are ‘open for access’ signs for the golf site but these are placed after motorists see the road closed signage, meaning they are useless.

The road closure is due to works being carried out to the existing Manston Road/Haine Road roundabout include new road widening, kerbing, footways, surface water drainage, signage and carriageway surfacing. It is connected to a number of housing developments taking place on fields along both roads.

Developments in the area include Spitfire Green, Manston Green and Barratt David Wilson Homes, totalling hundreds of new properties.

Michael, who says he will put out his own signs to let visitors know they can access the golf centre, said: “Frustratingly the diversion that is in place takes you from the main roundabout at the top of Manston hill (opposite the golf centre) back towards Westwood Cross, then back round the roundabout towards the golf centre before sending you off left towards the Manston Tesco. After this the signs stop.

“I’ve been told by KCC the actual diversion should be B2050 Manston Road, B2050 Manston Road East, B2190 Spitfire Way, B2190 un-named road from Minster Road to Columbus Avenue, B2190 Minster Road, A299 Hengist Way, Lord of the Manor Roundabout, A256 Canterbury Road East, A256 Haine Road.

“Basically it appears to go out through St Lawrence, Pegwell, Lord of Manor, Minster roundabout and back towards Manston – a 25 minute detour from being a couple of hundred yards from us. There’s no signage in place to show the diversion

“There are a couple of access for golf centre signs but these are after three signs saying the road is closed.”

Michael says he has asked for signs letting people know the golf centre is open but was told that business open as usual signs were not requested as part of the conditions for the works and signs cannot be customised to specify the golf centre is open, as “this is considered advertising.”

The full road closure is expected to be in place until September 19.

Michael said: “Obviously this takes in all the summer holidays – our busiest time to see us through the winter.

“I’m sure some locals and regular customers will find us but tourists will have no chance and we have lots of tourists visit us to use Rascal Bay and our Toptracer range

“Everybody is very sympathetic but the bottom line is at the busiest time of the year our customers can’t get to us.”

Housing development near the Manston/Haine roads roundabout

Walker Construction is carrying out the works for developments which have been approved by Thanet council.

Diversions and road closures are put in place to ensure safety while the work is carried out.

A Kent County Council (KCC) spokesperson the authority has arranged for an inspector to visit the site to check the diversion is correctly signed and make sure business open notices are requested.

They said: “The roadworks at the junction of Manston Road and Haine Road are to enable road improvements by Walker Construction as part of a new development approved by the local planning authority.

“A temporary one-way system was implemented to minimise disruption as far as possible, but this has recently had to be increased to a full road closure, in the interests of safety, after motorists were ignoring closure signs.

“We have arranged for an inspector to visit the site to ensure the diversion route is signed correctly and ‘business open as usual’ signs have been requested. We will continue to work with the developer to ensure this remains so.”

A letter from Walker Construction to affected residents and businesses says: “Following this installation of road closure traffic management we have had to take the unfortunate decision to implement a full road closure at this location due to the disregard of safety signage and barriers controlling the one-way road closure by some road users.

“The change to a full road closure at this location is for the safety and protection of all road users, as well as the staff actively engaged in constructing the works at this location.

“With the full road closure in place, we have now increased our labour and plant resource to complete the works as quickly and as efficiently as possible. The alternate route for diversion has been appropriately signed.”


  1. With the rest of the housing all along Haine Road, it won’t be long until they receive an offer they can’t refuse… 🙁

  2. I don’t quite understand how it’s possible to have hundreds of houses being built j6st a few yards from a proposed cargo hub?

    • You actually think they want a cargo hub? They are after ££££ and the only way the airport site will made any profit is houses……

    • Are there any other major airports that have houses built around the landing lights ? This seems bizarre

    • Andrew you are one of the reasons these house are being built no doubt using the money given by these companies to help with the JR more house for the B&b! The likely hood is that they would not have used this land for house if manston was allowed be built I guess that’s why they have not started yet

      And yes there are airports with house close or under flight paths there are even houses with landing lights on them

      • I’m afraid that I don’t understand your comment.
        How can my asking a question about the location of house building can be the cause for those houses being built?
        When people move into these new houses, they’ll have to remember to turn the landing lights off.

  3. Once again a total disregard for local residents and local businesses. Buses cannot not get down to Manston Village or Manston Museum. My wife relies on those buses to get to work. Thanks Thanet Council I appreciate it

  4. Poor permitting by Kcc and Kent Highways, there’s a process in place to allow permits to be raised to conduct work which is meant to create efficency, safe working and not allow too much to go on at the same time which could be detrimental to an areas travel whether its locals, buses, or emergency services. Someone isn’t doing there job. However TDC, it’s Cllrs, MPs and Officers have no idea how to promote the area to attract businesses, they are a one trick pony backing the 3 legged horse know as Manston multiple time failed airfield.

    • I had spoken with kcc highways this morning and they were unaware until yesterday when someone complained to them that the road had been completely shut, it still shows on their website Manston road is open for 1 way traffic last updated 18:22. I totally agree with you someone is not doing their job properly, these construction companies are not being monitored.

  5. In all my years of being a Margare resident never have I seen so many road closures and diversion which are not thought out properly. there are numerous signs of diversions which are no longer valid as job finished all over thanet going on my way out of town I encountered College Rd closed, got to Star lane-closed then of course all the hassles along Haine Rd, coming back into westwood all traffic is being sent along Haine Rd because of Rd’s closed left and right from roundabout to get into Newington a diversion in place which puts you into a long line of traffic trying to get out of Thanet, dread to think about chaos again when schools go back if the main junction is not sorted to again have access to Newington and Manston

    • What a shame that people drive their children to school.
      At least parents have got prior warning. If they absolutely must drive, they’ve got time to work out alternatives.

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