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NewsTue, 18th September 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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   KCC Household Waste Recycling Centre Consultation    September 13, 2018

Have your say ...




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   115 Gleamingwood Drive    September 7, 2018

Application REFUSED

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   M20 Smart Motorway Update from Highways England - Weekend Closures Junctions 4-6    September 6, 2018

Weekend Closures: J4-6: 10pm Fri 14 Sept to 6am Mon 17 Sept and pm Fri 9 Nov to am Mon 12 Nov


The above dates have been confirmed for the weekend closures of the M20 to demolish and then rebuild Teapot Lane Footbridge, which crosses the M20 close to Aylesford Station. We need to replace the footbridge deck to increase its height. This is because we are converting the hard shoulder to a running lane and we need to allow space for vehicles travelling on this lane.


If you have any questions about the scheme or need further support to share this information, please email us at M20.J3-5Smart@highwaysengland.co.uk.


If you would like to keep up to date with the progress of the scheme and motorway closures and diversion routes, please sign up for updates on the scheme website: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/m20-junctions-3-to-5-smart-motorway/


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   Change to Road Closure Boxley Village UPDATE    September 6, 2018

Notification of a change to the two day closure

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   Road Closures - Woodlands, Boxley and Harp Farm Road, Boxley    September 6, 2018

Urgent Road Closure - Harp Farm Road, Boxley - 17 September 2018 (Maidstone)


It will be necessary to close Harp Farm Road, Boxley from 17 September 2018 for up to 3 Days.


The road will be closed at Harp Farm Road, Boxley.


The alternative route is via Boxley Road, Westfield Sole Road, Lidsing Road & vice versa.


This is to enable carriageway patching works to be carried out by Kent County Council.


Urgent Road Closure - Woodlands, Boxley - 17 September 2018 (Maidstone)


It will be necessary to close Woodlands, Boxley from 17 September 2018 for up to 3 Days.


The road will be closed at Woodlands, Boxley.


There is no alternative route. Every effort will be made to maintain access for residents whenever it is safe to do so.


This is to enable carriageway patching works to be carried out by Kent County Council.



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   115 houses at Gleamingwood Drive     September 5, 2018

Change to Planning Officer's recommendation

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   Drainage and flooding    August 31, 2018

New report to highlight local issues.

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   Parish Councillor Vacancy change to appointment date    August 28, 2018

Advertising vacancy

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   Woodland Trust and Gleamingwood Drive    August 24, 2018

Link to Woodland Trust blog

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   Junction 6 M20    August 24, 2018

Update on situation

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   Surely no more?    August 17, 2018

Article about current and future congestion at Grove Green and Weavering

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   TPO Gleamingwood Drive    August 16, 2018

Notification of an order

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   STEM SCHOOL UPDATE    August 16, 2018

Decision date now 24 September

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

Update on Orchard

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