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   KCC Trading Standards - Doorstep Crime    August 20, 2019

KCC Trading Standards

Doorstep Crime - Gardening Work

 We have received a number of reports about doorstep criminals active in the Dartford, Gravesham and Sevenoaks areas - all Kent residents should be on alert.

 What happens

•             Residents are cold-called and quoted £150 for gardening work

•             The price increases to over £2,000 for extra work including work on "unsafe" trees

•             Further money is demanded to remove garden waste

•             The criminals drive the resident to the bank to withdraw cash

 What to do

•             NEVER agree to work from someone who knocks on your door uninvited

•             Don't allow anyone to pressure you into having work done

•             If you ask them to leave and they don't, contact the police on 999

•             Use reputable traders who are members of the KCC Trading Standards approved trader scheme, run in partnership with Checkatrade

•             Get a minimum of 3 quotes in writing

 Warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.

 Report it - for advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact

Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 - Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

 

 

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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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   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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   Planning decisions Popes Field    April 26, 2019

MBC decision

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   Village Green Stautus Petition    April 17, 2019

A reminder of the Weavering Heath pettion

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