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NewsSun, 16th December 2018


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   Proposed two schools at land by Pope's Wood    December 6, 2018
Proposed two schools at land by Pope's Wood
The Parish Council has released the following to the press and the Chairman has asked that it be circulated to the community.
A presentation on the two schools proposed for land adjacent to Pope’s Wood Bearsted Road Weavering was given to Boxley Parish Council on 3 December and residents attending the meeting made their strongly held views known to councillors and also to the applicant.  Chairman Bob Hinder said “the parish council welcomed the presentation and the applicant left knowing that, in no uncertain terms, residents were not happy with the prospect of more traffic, more congestion but equally were extremely unhappy that the safety of children appeared not to be paramount in the decision to use this site”. 
Councillors and residents were impressed with the facilities that were being proposed for the two schools (one a SEN school) however with the site entrance being on an extremely busy unlit lit road and accommodating, in a few years, 540 pupils - the additional traffic and road safety issues made the proposed location unacceptable.
A representative of the Department of Education Melanie Barnham said that there was an urgent need for schools to serve Maidstone and this was the only site available and she acknowledged that it wasn’t ideal. Later in the meeting it was pointed out to her that the 1,700 residential development proposed for Detling Hill included a primary school and that application had already been submitted but she was unable to comment on this proposal.
The applicant proposes to widen footways adjacent to the site, including the one outside Gidds Pond Cottages, to allow better pedestrian access.  However many at the meeting strongly doubted the applicant’s belief that some parents or carers would walk children to the primary school from Bearsted, a trip that would involve crossing the busy unlit roads of Ware Street and Bearsted Road at various points as existing footways were staggered. A speed limit of 30mph would be imposed but the line of parked cars outside Gidds Pond Cottages, which are regularly damaged by passing cars, will be pushed a further half metre into the road with the likelihood that there will be an increase in the current damage to residents’ cars caused by other road users trying to squeeze through the narrowed area and would also lead to larger tail backs. 
Many had hoped that the new primary and special educational needs (SEN) schools would be linked to the internal KMC road system but the applicant said that this was not possible.
85 main car park spaces and 35 pick-up and dropping off slots for cars and mini-buses will be provided on site with many of the 120 SEN students being picked up by minibus. Start times for the schools will be staggered to minimise congestion and the applicant expected many of the primary school children to be quickly dropped off by parents/carers choosing to use their private vehicles.  Cllr Vic Davies challenged this expectation stating that parents at the local St John’s School in Provender Way often arrived 30 minutes before drop off and pick up times and the proposed site could in no way cope with this type and amount of parking.
It is understood that the planning application is due to be submitted to MBC by the end of December.
Cllr Bob Hinder says “nobody is disputing the need for more schools and this isn’t a case of “not in my back yard”. Three schools already exist in the Grove Green area with a fourth being built now so everyone knows what traffic problems a school brings.  Even the applicant had to admit that there are real local traffic problems and this additional traffic hasn’t been considered in the proposed improvements at junction 7 and KIMS roundabout.”
Further information can be found at  www.bearstedandsnowfieldsplans.co.uk


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   Proposed schools Popes Wood    December 5, 2018

Exhibition information

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   Rural Police Officers    November 29, 2018

If you live within the rural area of the parish then the following is of importance to you ...

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   Outline Development Proposals - Land at East Hill, Chatham    November 1, 2018

The Parish Council is aware that there has been an article in the Kent Messenger regarding outline development proposals for Land at East Hill, Chatham.  The proposals include residential development, in addition to a primary school, community centre, open space and associated road infrastructure.


A public consultation is to be held at Lordswood Leisure Centre on 8 November 2018 and the Parish Council will attend.  We understand that no planning application has been submitted to Medway Council yet.


The Parish Council will keep residents updated via the community email alert system, Facebook and the Council’s website.


The Medway Council Planning webpage includes the report on the Environmental Impact Assessment

MC/18/2827 | Town and Country Planning Act (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 - request for a screening opinion for a residential/mixed use scheme | Land At North Dane Way Lordswood Chatham Kent ME5 8YE




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   A249 Bearsted Road, Major Infrastructure Improvement    October 31, 2018

Kent County Council are hosting two drop-in briefing sessions on 6 November 2018. 

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   Kent Police - Operation Rogue Trader    October 26, 2018

KENT POLICE - Operation Rogue Trader ...




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   Autumn in the Kent Downs ...    October 26, 2018
Please click on the link for the latest newsletter.


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   Travellers North of Sandling Village    October 23, 2018


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   Appointment to parish councillor vacancy (south ward)    October 23, 2018

To advertise the vacancy

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   Parking on Grovewood Drive South    October 17, 2018

The parish council put out a press release late last week about the parking on Grovewood Drive South and the Inspector’s decision not to have a condition for a Road Traffic Order and this was picked up by KMTV who asked to film an item for that night’s local news which can be found at





The Chairman Bob Hinder and local Councillor Vic Davies asked that all the residents who answered the short notice call to turn up and all the residents who spoke to the reporter, be thanked. The parish council is still waiting to hear from the applicant about whether they will fund RTOs and as soon as it does residents will be updated. 


Thank you to all the people who were involved.


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   School lines    October 12, 2018


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   Have your Say - Current Consultations open with Maidstone Borough Council    October 2, 2018

Maidstone Borough Council are currently running the following consultations.  Click on the link below to have your say ...


Strategic Plan and Budget Priorities 

Maidstone Transport

Taxi Licensing Emissions Policy

Draft Gambling Act

Statement of Community Involvement




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

Heart of Kent Hospice – Upcoming Events and Fundraisers


Moonlit Walk 2018

Saturday 13th October

Start at 8.00 pm


Enjoy a night out with a difference with your family and friends by taking on a fun evening 8 mile walk to remember loved ones or to support your local Hospice. This special circular walk starts from Heart of Kent Hospice, Preston Hall, Aylesford, ME20 7PU and walkers will travel through Aylesford, Larkfield and Leybourne stopping for refreshments at our West Malling Charity Shop.  On your way back to the Hospice you will enjoy a magical lantern lit cross country mile before being welcomed back warmly at the Hospice with a cake and hot drink and your medal.


Entry fee includes a special edition Moonlit Walk 2018 t-shirt, pre-walk entertainment, fun warm up, all refreshments and medal.


Book by 13th September and take advantage of our discount prices - Adult over 16 - £18.00   Teams of 8 - £126. Children under 16 (must be accompanied by an adult) - £8.00

Full prices after that date will be Adult over 16 - £20.00.  Team of 8 - £140.00   Children under 16 (must be accompanied by an adult ) - £10.00



Magic & Music Night

Saturday 27th October

Grove Green Community Centre,Grovewood Drive North , Maidstone ME14 5TQ (next to Tesco car park)


Starring Robert Orange Magician who will be performing stage and table magic.  There will also be vocals from Francesca Lewell.


Doors open at 7 pm

Magic Starts at 7.30 pm

DJ and Dancing until 11.30 pm


Over 18s only – onsite bar selling wine , beer and soft drinks. Bring your own nibbles


Tickets at £15.00 each can be purchased on line at www.hokh.org or by contacting fundraising on 01622 790195 – email fundraising@hokh.co.uk.



KM Big Charity Quiz

Friday 9th November

Maidstone Leisure Centre, Mote Park, Maidstone ME15 7RN

From 6.20 pm


Test your knowledge and enter the Maidstone heat of the KM Big Charity Quiz in aid of Heart of Kent Hospice and the children’s literacy and road safety service at the KM Charity Team.

Teams of eight will enjoy taking part in the quiz as well as receiving substantial nibbles and a bottle of wine on the table.  There will also be a raffle and the chance to win a top prize in our ‘Win in 10’ game.


Book your team place today and show your support for Heart of Kent Hospice by visiting  www.hokh.org and following the link.  Receive a discount of £10.00 on the standard cost of £65.00 per team of 8 by quoting code MAID 18.



Heart of Kent Hospice Volunteer Open Morning

Our last open morning of 2018 takes place at the Hospice (ME20 7PU) on Saturday 10th November from 10.00 am – 1 pm


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



Remembering the Armistice

Saturday 10th November

7.00 pm   Invicta Grammar School for Girls, Maidstone ME14 5DS


Please join us for an evening of nostalgia to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and honour our fallen heroes.  Enlist today for an evening of expert talks , military recruitment demonstrations , period song sing-alongs and some ‘Tommy’ refreshment with World War 1 specialists Richard Knight and Jim Barker-McCardle.



Light Up a Life

Sunday 25th November - 4.30 pm

Heart of Kent Hospice, Preston Hall, Aylesford, ME20 7PU


When you have lost a loved one, even a long time ago, Christmas can be a particularly difficult time.

Whether you have a previous connection to the Hospice, whether you are on your own or with family and friends please take a moment to remember someone who brought light and joy to your life by taking part in our annual Light up a Life event .  All are welcome to attend.


This is an outdoor event of about one hour’s duration with limited seating for the less able. During this time you can enjoy festive music, choirs and readings from our Hospice team.  You will be able to purchase battery operated candles, tea light holders, baubles and flashing wands for the little ones.  Refreshments will be available and you are welcome to add a message or copy photographs to post on our special memory wall.  



Heart of Kent Hospice Party Night

Friday 30th November

From 7.30 pm – midnight

Ditton Community Centre, Kilbarn Road, Ditton ME20 6AH


We are really pleased to announce that Chicory Tip will be helping us to kick the festive season off with a bang at our Party Night.  Also, back by popular demand are casino tables provided by Fun Casino South East.


You must be 18 or over and tickets at just £15.00 must be booked in advance by visiting www.hokh.org or by contacting fundraising on 01622 790195 – email fundraising@hokh.co.uk.


Bring your own food and enjoy the fully licensed bar that will be available.


You will be guaranteed a fantastic evening so book now to avoid disappointment.



Heart of Kent Hospice Superdraw

Your chance to win £10,000 just in time for Christmas!

Enter our Superdraw for your chance to win one of the 23 cash prizes including the amazing top prize of £10,000.


1st prize - £10,000

2nd prize - £2,500

3rd prize - £1,000

Plus 20 prizes of £100


For £5.00 per ticket you will be entered into the draw which takes place on 14th December – in time for some festive shopping.


You can get your tickets at our shops or Hospice Reception or by visiting www.hokh.org or bit.ly/hokhsuperdraw.   We are also happy to post tickets out to you if you give us a call on 01622 790195.



All aboard with Heart of Kent Hospice

Saturday 11th May 2019

Departing Maidstone East Station at 12.30 pm – returning 5.00 pm

£349.00 per person (deposit of £99.00 per person to be paid at time of booking)


Step on board the vintage and beautiful Northern Belle luxury steam train, which we are proud to be chartering, for a truly unforgettable experience.  Be transported back to a golden age of travel as you are welcomed aboard the train by liveried stewards who will show you to individually designed carriages, each inspired by the grandeur and elegance of a British castle or stately home.  As you travel through the spectacular Kent countryside on this unique lunch-time excursion you will enjoy champagne and canapes followed by an exquisite four course meal prepared from locally sourced organic Kent produce with seasonal ingredients accompanied by a carefully selected bottle of wine.  Lunch will include a British cheeseboard, biscuits and chutneys and will be rounded off with coffee and petit fours.



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   STEM SCHOOL DECISION    September 25, 2018

Secretary of State allows appeal

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   Conclusion of Audit    September 25, 2018

The parish council has successfully passed its Annual Governance & Accountability Return for year ended 31 March 2018

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   Gleamingwood Drive footpaths and alleyways    September 19, 2018


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   Village Green    September 13, 2018

Boxley Parish Council has written to Maidstone Borough Council asking for it to voluntarily submit Weavering Heath, Wents and Five Acres Woods for Village Green status. The parish council was reacting to worried residents concerned about the development going on around the area. Whilst Maidstone Borough Council has not indicated that it has a wish to develop Weavering Heath, as more pressure is placed on local authorities to find land for housing and as finances become more stretched, residents want to ensure that the future of this beautiful and precious area is fully protected. In a previous local plan the site had been designed as an Area of Local Landscape Importance but this designation was no longer allowed.


Six residents attended the parish council meeting on 3 September and many more had written in supporting the proposal. They heard councillors identify that Weavering Heath is one of the few areas in Maidstone where there are sweeping views of the Kent North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its wildlife and amenity value is outstanding.  Wents and Five Acre Woods are remaining fragments of Ancient Woodland which are also owned by the Borough Council.


A local volunteer group, Friends of Weavering Heath and Woodlands, is being set up and it has already arranged litter picking events and is in discussion with the Parish Council and Maidstone Borough Council about being officially recognised and obtaining approval for undertaking work on Borough Council owned land.


Cllr Vic Davies who was chairing the meeting and who lives close to the area said “the request for Village Green Status is not only about protecting the area from any future threat of development, councillors heard from the residents that it is also about localism and community cohesion. It was a quick, easy and unanimous decision to request village green status”.  Like many urban areas Grove Green and Weavering is under siege from development, traffic and life in general and it wants to retain and improve its community identity. 


Village Green status is easily obtained if there is a voluntary submission however if Maidstone declines to do this then the parish council will consider taking the more formal approach and gathering the necessary evidence to submit to Kent County Council which is the authority responsible for awarding common land and village green status.



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