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NewsWed, 24th July 2019


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   Website issues    July 11, 2019

Notification of difficulties

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   Update from KCC on Grovewood Drive South Road Closure    June 19, 2019

We have received the following update from KCC ...


“Please find below some additional information regarding the proposed closure of Grovewood Drive South.


This closure is to enable the safe construction of the new roundabout approved for the STEM School. These works are being carried out and managed by the school’s developer.


The duration of the works is 9 weeks, starting 1st July to the end of August. Please accept my apologies for the incorrect duration sent out with the closures initial notification.

Due to the existing road width available the construction will require various stages of reduced lane width traffic management or 2-way traffic lights on New Cut Road along with the closure of Grovewood Drive South. The closure being necessary to avoid the need for additional TM that would result in queuing traffic extending back to the A20/New Cut Road junction, thus causing major disruption on the A20 which would quickly escalate to other parts of the strategic road network around Maidstone. The diversion for the closure is via Provender Way and Grovewood Drive North. Also during this time the multiple utility company connection works for the new school will be carried out.

The STEM school is due to open Sept 2020 and therefore these works need to be completed before then. Works of this nature at a busy location will always have an adverse effect to traffic but to minimise the disruption caused they were coordinated to take place July/August spanning this year’s school summer break. This would then utilise the reduced traffic volumes during that period and avoid clashing with the proposed A249 Bearsted Road major highway improvement scheme that is due to take place throughout 2020. The proximity of St John’s Primary school on Provender Way was also taken into account when making this decision but as the schemes duration is 9 weeks it could not be completed fully within the school holiday. The developer has advised that they have been in communication with St John’s school about the scheme and its timing. I can also confirm that the developer has been requested to erect advance warning of works signs on site and carry out a letter drop to the residents of Grove Green. This will provide a contact should they have any queries and advice that additional time should be allowed for any journeys during this period.


I understand the frustrations that works of this nature can cause and be assured that we strive to ensure that the works for new development are undertaken to reduce as far as possible any congestion on our road network. We find ourselves in unfortunate circumstances such as this with the need of the developer to carryout essential works on the highway and the need of the travelling public utilising our road network. Please be assured that we will be monitoring congestion during the schemes construction and do all we can to mitigate the impacts of these works”.


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   Grovewood Drive North    June 18, 2019

Update on sinkhole

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   Road Closures - New Cut Road and Grovewood Drive South    June 11, 2019

New Cut Road – Sunday 16th June, Saturday 22nd June and Sunday 23rd June

New Cut Road will be closed in both directions between the two roundabouts of Bearsted Road & Grovewood Drive North/Maidstone TV Studios.  This is to replace the anti-skid layer approaching the pedestrian crossing.  The road closure will be during the daytime, from 0600 – 1800.  Access will be maintained after these hours. 

There will be a temporary diversion in place – A20 Ashford Road, A20 Andrew Broughton Way, A249 Sittingbourne Road, A249 Bearsted Road, New Cut Road.  Please see the attached diversion map for the route.

We also attach a letter from Barkemp Construction Ltd which has been sent out to residents.


Grovewood Drive South – from 1st July 2019 for up to 9 weeks

 The road will be closed at the junction of New Cut Road. 

The alternative route is via Provender Way, Grovewood Drive North, New Cut Road and vice versa.

The closure is to enable the construction of a new roundabout, islands and associated works to be carried out by Gallagher Ltd.


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   Rural Police Report - May 2019    May 30, 2019

May 2019 Rural Police Report and Magazine ...

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   Cold Caller Awareness    May 30, 2019

Please see the video released by KCC, designed to help people spot the signs of doorstep crime and financial abuse.



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   KCC residents can use Medway Waste Recycling Centres    May 24, 2019

Change to the recent ban

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   Medway closes it waste recycling sites to non-residents    May 13, 2019

Medway closes it waste recycling sites to non-residents

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   MC/19/0765 Planning Application - Land at East Hill - UPDATE    May 9, 2019

Boxley Parish Council has submitted the following objection to Medway Council. There is still time to make your comments known. The deadline for comments is 12 May ...

MC/19/0765 Outline planning application with some matters reserved (appearance, layout, scale and landscaping) for construction of up to 800 dwellings, primary school, supporting retail space of up to 150sqm and GP surgery with associated road link between North Dane Way and Pear Tree Lane and other road infrastructure, open space and landscaping. Land at East Hill Chatham Kent.

Objection - Reasons for refusal:

1. The proposed development will be on greenfield land that is a substantial tract of undeveloped land extending from the North Downs as a green wedge into the heart of the urban area.

The area:
• Provides a wider landscape setting for Capstone Farm Country Park.
• Contributes to the setting of the Kent Downs AONB to the south and the M2 motorway.
• Contributes significantly to informal open space needs of the communities which adjoin it.
• Prevents coalescence of Lordswood/ Princes Park/Walderslade and Hempstead.

It is considered that development would be contrary to BNE25 Development in the Countryside, BNE34 Areas of Local Landscape Importance.

2. The likely proximity to wildlife habitats, ancient woodland and woodlands, with the associated lighting and activity and likelihood of informal and harmful recreational use, of the proposed houses and gardens, will further adversely impact on flora and fauna habitats and the visual amenity to the wider area. The proposal is therefore considered contrary to the provisions of paragraph 118 of the NPPF 2012 and BNE37: Wildlife Habitats.

3. It will have an unacceptable visual and sensory impact on the rural character of the area. The importance of which is identified in the Medway classification of it as an Area of Local Landscape Importance. It is considered that development will be contrary to section (ii) of BNE1: General Principles for build development.

4. It is an incongruous and out of character incursion of built development into undeveloped countryside which will result in the irretrievable loss of agricultural land.

5. This site will generate significant amounts of traffic all of which will need to use the current local highway infrastructure which as best can be described as being unable to cope with current levels, especially along Princes Avenue and also the roads linking the site to Chatham and Gillingham. There will be an unacceptable increase in the localised congestion that is already being experienced and a negative impact on road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. Vehicles to the south of the main site are likely to travel through Lordswood, again causing impacting on the local roads.

Walderslade Woods Road will be used to access the M2 at Junction 3 and the A229 for traffic wishing to access the M20, and the parish council is of the opinion that the infrastructure will not cope. The development of the Lower Thames Crossing will result in a massive increase in vehicular movements at junction 3, especially of HGVs. KCC has already identified that the roundabouts at junction 3 are operating beyond design capacity.

Access to Maidstone will be via Boxley Village using a C road that is already heavily used. Other roads in the area, Westfield Sole and Harp Farm Road, are already used way beyond their capacity as they are little more than country lanes. It is an everyday occurrence for traffic to queue before the entrance to Boxley Village, sometimes from the top of Lidsing Hill, and to find a continuous queue from the village through to Penenden Heath at am peak times and the reverse back to Boxley and beyond at pm peak.
It is considered that the development will be contrary to BNE2 Amenity Protection (iii) Activity levels & traffic generation.

6. In the absence of legal agreement being in place to secure developer contributions in connection with education, health, recreation and community services, the development will place additional demands on local services without provision first being in place to ensure that the additional demands placed on these services are being met. The proposal will therefore result in an intensified use of these facilities to the detriment of existing users. The proposed development is close to the administrative boundary with Kent and Maidstone and these areas will be adversely impacted upon so section 106 payments should also be used outside of the Medway boundary.

7. The area is within the setting of the North Downs AONB and is also a water catchment area so development will potentially have an adverse impact on both.


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   Planning decisions Popes Field    April 26, 2019

MBC decision

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   Planning applications Popes Field     April 24, 2019

MBC Planning Committee 25 April

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   Village Green Stautus Petition    April 17, 2019

A reminder of the Weavering Heath pettion

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