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NewsThu, 16th August 2018


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   Temporary Road Closure - Boxley Road, Boxley - 8 September    August 9, 2018

Temporary Road Closure – Boxley Road, Boxley – from 8 September 2018 for up to 2 days.


Boxley Parish Council  has asked for the speed cushions to be installed on the same day but this is unlikely to be the case.


The road will be closed outside “Street Farm”. 


The alternative route southbound is via The Street, Pilgrims Way, Lidsing Road, Westfield Sole Road, A2045 Walderslade Woods, A229 Junction 3, Taddington Wood roundabout, A229 Bluebell Hill Slip Link Bridge, Lord Lees Roundabout, Bluebell Hill Slip (on), Blue Bell Hill, Chatham Road (off), Cobtree Roundabout, Chatham Road, Running Horse Roundabout, Sandling Lane, Boxley Road.


The alternative route northbound is via Sandling Lane, Running Horse Roundabout,  Chatham Road, Cobtree Roundabout, Chatham Road (on), Blue Bell Hill, Blue Bell Hill Slip off, Lord Lees Roundabout, Blue Bell Hill Link Bridge, Taddington Wood, Roundabout, A229 Junction 3, A2045 Walderslade Woods, Westfield Sole Road, Lidsing Road, Pilgrims Way.


Motorway traffic is via The Street, Pilgrims Way, Lidsing Road, Dunn Street Road, The Street, Maidstone Road, Wigmore Road, A278 Hoath Road, M2.


The closure is to enable a connection to the water main to be carried out by South East Water.


This bulletin contains public information and can be freely forwarded to any other road users who may be affected.  Every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, but no liability can be accepted for any changes or errors. 


Road names are taken from the National Street Gazetteer on Elgin, with alternative names given where known.


For details of roadworks, please see www.roadworks.org


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   Medway Council Refuses Land Sale    August 8, 2018

Medway Council Refuses Land Sale to a developer for houses at Gibraltar Farm

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   Rural Matters - rural policing in Kent    August 7, 2018

Read the latest news on how Kent Police is working to protect rural communities and tackle crime.  We report on how a recruitment drive will see extra investment in more rural officers for the county and how to be on your guard against rogue traders and bogus callers.  We’ve the latest news and contact information on the Rural Liaison Team – officers dedicated to supporting Kent’s rural environment.


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   Taxi Emission Policy - Have your say ...    August 7, 2018

Air pollution is associated with a number of adverse health impacts. It is recognised as a contributing factor in the onset of heart disease and cancer and contributes to many premature deaths.
In many areas of Maidstone, air pollution exceeds statutory levels set by Government, therefore the Council needs to take action in order to comply with these statutory levels.

Therefore a policy has been proposed that aims to make an immediate change by only granting new licences to vehicles that meet either an electric/hybrid, Euro 6 diesel or Euro 4 petrol standard from January 2019. This change will then apply to all existing licensed vehicles from January 2021. A further change will then be applied to specify that all vehicles must meet an electric/hybrid/hydrogen standard from January 2025. 
It is proposed to apply the same criteria for both of the above proposals to both taxi and private hire vehicles.

The consultation runs until 7th October 2018 and takes around 7 minutes to complete.

Please help us by completing our short survey.


If you any questions about the consultation or would like a paper copy of the survey please email: consultation@maidstone.gov.uk

The information provided by you in this questionnaire will be used for research purposes. It will not be used in a manner which would allow identification of your individual responses. Anonymised research data will be published on http://www.maidstone.gov.uk in line with current data sharing practices.


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   Planned works junction 7 M20    August 3, 2018

Update on what parish council plans

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   Heart of Kent Hospice - Upcoming Events and Fundraisers    August 2, 2018

Heart of Kent Hospice Volunteer Open Morning – 11th August from 1000 - 1300


Could you spare a few hours a week or on an occasional basis and want to do something rewarding while supporting an important local cause?  Heart of Kent Hospice offers a range of volunteering opportunities from waitressing at one of our two cafes, a shift in one of our 14 shops to patient support, complementary therapies or gardening.   If you do not have a particular interest but want to help us why not join our flexible team who assist with marshalling, car parking or refreshments at weekend events


To find out more why not attend one of our volunteer open mornings at the Hospice (Preston Hall, Aylesford ME20 7PU). 


Charity Cider, Beer and Music Festival - Saturday 1st September - 1pm - 9pm

The Spitfire, Kings Hill, West Malling, ME19 4AU


Following the huge successes of previous years Kings Hill Rotary Club are organising another fantastic Ciderfest event for 2018.    Come along and enjoy a delicious range of ciders and craft beers on sale at 3 pints or 6 half pints for £10.00.   There will be BBQ, live music and raffle with all proceeds being donated to Heart of Kent Hospice and Rotary Charities.


For further details email ciderfest@kingshillrotary.org



Open Garden - Knowle Hill Farm, Ulcombe, ME17 1ES

Sunday 2nd September 12.00 – 5.00 pm


The owners of these beautiful two acres, which are divided into a series of garden rooms invite you to enjoy their garden created over 30 years.


The garden is high on a south facing slope of the North Downs with spectacular views towards the coast.  Mediterranean and tender plants, roses, agapanthus, verbenas, salvias and grasses flourish on the light soil, as well as many unusual plants.  Lavender ribbons are magnets for bees.  A pool and rill are enclosed in a small walled garden planted mainly with white flowers. The garden continues to evolve with both topiary and a new ‘green garden’ is taking shape. 


Limited wheelchair access, parking, toilets, refreshments, dogs on leads welcome.


Entry is by suggested donation of £5.00 per adult, £1.00 per child – pre-school children free.

For further information visit www.hokh.org or contact Karen Newton on 01622 790195.



Charity Golf Day 2018 – 7th September 2018

Chart Hills Golf Club, Biddenden, Kent TN27 8JX


Join us for our Charity Golf Day at Chart Hills Golf Club situated in the heart of Kent’s countryside.  The course, which was designed by Sir Nick Faldo in 1993, has received countless accolades and is now getting back to its former glory after the completion of renovation works.   The course has several feature holes including the Island at the 17th and the longest bunker in Europe, the Anaconda, on the 5th.


The day starts at 8.00 am with a full English breakfast before golfers take to their designated holes for a shotgun start at 10.00 am.  Are you brave enough to take on the course Pro – if so test your skills by entering the Beat the Pro competition or compete for the longest drive or nearest the pin and you and your team mates will have an opportunity to purchase Mulligans at registration – just in case!


The fun doesn’t stop there. After a two-course meal, take part in our raffle and auction before we award the prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places, Nearest the Pin and the Longest Drive.


A great day out and way of entertaining your important clients and thanking your team.  £350.00 per team of four.



Cyclo Sportive - Sunday 23rd September


Get pedalling in support of Heart of Kent Hospice.  Starting at East Malling Research Centre (ME19 6BJ) join one of our circular cycle routes taking you through the heart of the Kent countryside.


You have a choice of three chip timed routes:

104km - Registration from 7.30 am, start 8.30 am (Entry £35.00)

65km - Registration from 8.30 am, start 9.00 am (Entry £30.00)

36km - Registration from 9.00 am, start 9.30 am (Entry £25.00)


Over 18s only


Each route includes – refreshment stations, comprehensive signage, marshals, first aid and vehicle support, professional chip timings, special finishers medal.


To further information visit  www.hokh.org or call 01622 790195

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   How safe do you feel where you live?    July 31, 2018


‘How safe do you feel where you live?’

That is the one of the key questions Matthew Scott, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, is asking residents this summer.

Mr Scott said: ‘I set Kent Police’s priorities based on the things people tell me matter to them. My Annual Policing Survey is a key way in which I get to hear what you think about your police force. I want to know what you think Kent Police does well and what it could do better.

‘I’m responsible for ensuring Kent Police provides an effective and efficient service so I’m asking you, plain and simple, to rate how safe you feel in your community and also what to extent you think you get value for money.’


Mr Scott added: ‘I’ve had a tremendous response from those I’ve met at big public events like the Kent County Show and the Kent Police Open Day so far this summer but I want as many people as possible to take the opportunity to have their say. Based on the results of last year’s survey, I took the decision to put more money into recruiting up to 200 more police officers, so your views really can make a difference.’


The survey, which only takes a couple of minutes to complete, is available at www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/consultations. A hard-copy leaflet, and a large print version, are also available on request.

Questions about people’s gender, where they live, age and ethnicity have been included to enable the PCC to spot trends among different communities.


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   Thunderstorms and powercuts    July 27, 2018

Clarification on what to do

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   Not quite ready........    July 26, 2018

Update on Orchard

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   Proposed school site Pope's Wood, Bearsted Road, Weavering    July 19, 2018

The parish council has written to Helen Whately MP about the suggestion that the land, to the East of the new building on the KIMS site (see attached plan), is suitable for a school or schools This land is identified in the Maidstone Borough Council Local Plan as allocated for open space.


Helen Whately has responded (attached) to the parish council’s most recent letter which raised queries about why it is referred to as land at Bearsted and also pointing out that the land is allocated for open space in the Local Plan.


A number of residents have raised concerns about the proposal for another school in the area and the Parish Council’s Environment Committee is continuing to monitor the situation and residents will be kept updated by a community e-mail alert and the parish council’s website.  


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   Seriously Uncool ...    July 18, 2018

The hot weather has brought out the worst in a few young people and there has been a serious increase in vandalism in Vinters Valley Nature Reserve.  Two Police Community Support Officers are now going to regularly patrol the reserve after a seat by the lake was destroyed and set on fire. Youngsters have also been using catapults and fishing in the lake which is prohibited, and one youngster was seen in the lake which is extremely dangerous.


The reserve, which is a Charity and managed by a Trust, is for the benefit of local residents.  It also attracts people from further afield and is very popular with dog walkers and people who enjoy wildlife right on their doorstep, with the reserve often referred to as a ‘green gem’.  Chairman Vic Davies said, “The hard-working warden and volunteers maintain the reserve to an extremely high standard and it is incredibly upsetting to find seats and fencing destroyed, but also the wildlife habitats are being trampled and wrecked”. 


Local information is that the youngsters, some as young as 14, damaging the reserve appear after school has finished and in the early evening and any member of the public witnessing vandalism is asked to ring 999.  The Chairman of Boxley Parish Council Bob Hinder says “it isn’t every young person going into the reserve that causes problems but sometimes young people when they gather in groups lose their inhibitions and silly play turns into destructive play and this needs to stop.  Any parent whose child comes home obviously having been in dirty water or smelling of smoke needs to have a serious conversation with them as to what exactly they have been up to”. 


The parish council pays an annual grant towards the cost of maintaining the nature reserve, which also relies on public donations, and Trustees are concerned that the efforts needed to replace the damaged structures and also repair work is going to impact on future work.


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   Land to East of North Dane Way Lordswood UPDATE    July 13, 2018

Notification of Cabinet meeting to decide on whether to dispose of the land

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   Drains and floods    June 7, 2018

Residents are asked to check local drains

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