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   School lines    October 12, 2018

Boxley Parish Council’s Chairman Bob Hinder has expressed his bitter disappointment that the Secretary of State’s decision to allow the building of the STEM School at Grove Green did not include a condition that the applicant pays for yellow lines to be installed on Grovewood Drive South and adjacent closes. The Planning Inspector’s report acknowledges that there will be extra parking on Grove Green but he felt that this could be accommodated. Cllr Hinder said “I cannot understand the Inspector’s thinking  behind the decision obviously he has never lived near a school nor experienced the inconsiderate parking that occurs..” The Chairman who attended and spoke at the Public Inquiry added “At the Public Inquiry the applicant’s representative informed the Inspector that they were happy for a Road Traffic Order condition and I have written to them asking that they honour the offer and show their support for the community who will face additional traffic in an area already suffering from congestion and problem parking”. The Parish Council has received information from the agent that the applicant is reviewing the request.

Parking within the Grove Green area has increased in the past couple of years due to the closure of the Park and Ride at Old Sittingbourne Road and because of the introduction of parking charges at Mote Park.

Kent County Council Highways Department has also written requesting that the applicant voluntarily pays for the parking restrictions and if they agree then it will be KCC that will arrange the work. Helen Whately has also been approached to write to the applicant. The parish council has concerns that yellow lines on Grovewood Drive South and adjacent closes may not suit everyone and may not solve the problem but just push it elsewhere. The parish council recognises that there has to be a community consultation where the pros and cons of having yellow lines are fully explained so residents can then make informed comments to the parish council and KCC about what they want.  Cllr Hinder says “if the applicant offers to pay for the yellow lines then they have to be fully consulted on, if they don’t honour their offer then the parish council is back to discussions with Kent County Council and Maidstone Borough Council as both authorities have declined to put in yellow lines and residents and the parish council are just left stranded between them.”

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