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NewsWed, 18th July 2018


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   Seriously Uncool ...    July 18, 2018

The hot weather has brought out the worst in a few young people and there has been a serious increase in vandalism in Vinters Valley Nature Reserve.  Two Police Community Support Officers are now going to regularly patrol the reserve after a seat by the lake was destroyed and set on fire. Youngsters have also been using catapults and fishing in the lake which is prohibited, and one youngster was seen in the lake which is extremely dangerous.


The reserve, which is a Charity and managed by a Trust, is for the benefit of local residents.  It also attracts people from further afield and is very popular with dog walkers and people who enjoy wildlife right on their doorstep, with the reserve often referred to as a ‘green gem’.  Chairman Vic Davies said, “The hard-working warden and volunteers maintain the reserve to an extremely high standard and it is incredibly upsetting to find seats and fencing destroyed, but also the wildlife habitats are being trampled and wrecked”. 


Local information is that the youngsters, some as young as 14, damaging the reserve appear after school has finished and in the early evening and any member of the public witnessing vandalism is asked to ring 999.  The Chairman of Boxley Parish Council Bob Hinder says “it isn’t every young person going into the reserve that causes problems but sometimes young people when they gather in groups lose their inhibitions and silly play turns into destructive play and this needs to stop.  Any parent whose child comes home obviously having been in dirty water or smelling of smoke needs to have a serious conversation with them as to what exactly they have been up to”. 


The parish council pays an annual grant towards the cost of maintaining the nature reserve, which also relies on public donations, and Trustees are concerned that the efforts needed to replace the damaged structures and also repair work is going to impact on future work.


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   Land to East of North Dane Way Lordswood UPDATE    July 13, 2018

Notification of Cabinet meeting to decide on whether to dispose of the land

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   Speed Cushions Boxley Village    July 5, 2018

Decision taken by parish council

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   Heart of Kent Hospice - Upcoming Events and Fundraisers    July 4, 2018

Heart of Kent Hospice Volunteer Open Mornings


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).  The next open mornings take place on 14th July and 11th August from 10am – 1pm.


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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   Planning permission refused Boxley Village    July 2, 2018

Planning Inspector's decision

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   Maidstone Borough Council Household Enquiry Form    June 29, 2018

The Annual Canvasss of the Electoral Register is due to start soon.

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   Dog Control Measures Survey    June 28, 2018

Maidstone Borough Council - Dog Control Measures Survey


Maidstone is home to thousands of the responsible dog owners who exercise their pets across the borough. In addition our parks and open spaces also attract dog owners from further afield. Unfortunately not all dog owners are responsible and it has long been felt that irresponsible dog ownership is not limited to whether an owners cleans up after their dog.

Last year we consulted residents about the possibility of introducing measures to combat irresponsible behaviour, we are now seeking views on the specific measures we are looking to introduce.
The proposal seeks to make the following behaviours offences under the Anti-social behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014:

- failing to put a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
- failing to pick up after your dog
- failing to exclude dogs from children's play areas and crematorium grounds
- failing to keep dogs on leads at the cemetery

Please help us by completing our short survey and letting us know what you think of the proposals.
Click here to start the survey

The survey should take around 7 minutes to complete.
Survey closes: 19 August 2018

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.
If you any questions about the consultation or would like a paper copy of the survey please email: consultation@maidstone.gov.uk

Thank you in advance for your response

Maidstone Borough Council

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   Co - option to casual vacancies    June 25, 2018

Official notification of appointment to parish councillor vacancies

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   A229 partial closure 3 nights    June 13, 2018


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   Drains and floods    June 7, 2018

Residents are asked to check local drains

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