News and information for residents and visitors of East Malling, Kent, 13th July 2024

Lake Volunteers

Clare Lake volunteers will meet this month on the second Saturday, 13th July, at the usual time - 10am until 12 noon.  There is some light trimming to do of the hedging alongside the Blacklands path and some weeding by the wall and through the wildflower area.  If you're able to join the volunteers please bring some garden tools if you can to help with these tasks.  Please also bring your own gloves. There will also be some gear available for those who would prefer to litter pick.  As always, supervised children are very welcome.

Works on Rocks Foot crossing

Works will be carried out on the foot crossing over the railway between the Rocks and the footpath leading to the church on 21 July 2024.

More information

Consultation on schools for special needs

Kent County Council has launched a consultation on the provision of schooling for children with special needs, and intending to cut its budget. More information.

Winterfield Lane Closure Plans Cancelled

KCC had authorised the closure of Winterfield Lane from 20th June until October for highway improvement works related to the Forty Acres development.
Following appeals to KCC to reconsider the decision on account of the severe disruption and inconvenience this would cause, it has been agreed that the closure will now only be during nights later on in the programme.
The works will now be carried out by reducing the A20 at Winterfield Lane/Lunsford Lane junctions to one lane and there will be temporary 3 way lights at the top end of Winterfield Lane where it meets Chapman Way.

Maidstone BC opposes Bradbourne Scheme

Maidstone Borough Council planning committee has added its objections to the Bradbourne community village proposal, citing congestion on Hermitage Lane. Access points include two on Hermitage Lane, near Barming Station.

Cllr Stan Forecast said Maidstone needed “to send a clear message to both Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and to the developer”. Tonbridge and Malling BC would stand to benefit from the Section 106 monies and the council tax generated by the new homes, but the pressure on infrastructure would fall on Maidstone.

Council leader Stuart Jeffery (Green) proposed Maidstone reject the application, and his motion was unanimously agreed.

The application could still be approved by Tonbridge and Malling council, which, as it is currently without an up-to-date Local Plan, is hampered in its ability to resist planning applications, despite clear local opposition expressed at public meetings in East Malling and Ditton.

Helen Grant holds on in Maidstone and Malling

In the face of the general collapse of Conservative support across the country, and with the benefit of split opposition, the MP for the former Maidstone and the Weald seat has held on in the new Maidstone and Malling constituency, despite a 27.9% swing.


Labour wins in Chatham and Aylesford

Labour has regained the Chatham and Aylesford seat held by Jonathan Shaw between 1997 and 2010, with the election of Tristan Osborne. The previous MP Tracey Croucn did not stand this time and her successor came second.


Cookery course at East Malling Centre

A chance to develop your cooking skills using low budget ingredients. No need to worry about childcare for the kids as they will be kept busy with fun craft activities and games while you cook! Limited places.

Monday 29 July. Monday 5 August and Monday 19 August.

Contact 01732 846314 cdw.eastmallingcentre@gmail.com

Country Parks Strategy

Kent County Council has published its strategy for Country Parks, following the consultation in 2022.

M20 Closures

From 4th January for the rest of 2024, there will be intermittent overnight closures between 8pm and 6am (maximum period) on both carriageways of the M20 between Junction 3 and Junction 13; both distributor roads adjacent to the M20 between Junction 5 (A20) and Junction 6 (A229); and all slip and link roads leading to and from the lengths of carriageways mentioned above.

For enquiries, contact the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or info@nationalhighways.co.uk.  www.nationalhighways.co.uk

Clare Lake

Coming soon...

13th July 2024
East Malling Singers Summer Concert

Saturday 13th July 2024: Summer Concert
A Gospel Journey Through Time

13th July 2024
Kings Hill Music Festival

1:00pm - 9:30pm (last entry 8:00pm) at The Spitfire Pub, West Malling.

Yearly event with bands confirmed: Decades Showband; Marylebone Jelly; Top Gun; Phat Gandalf

Tickets: www.skiddle.com/e/38074654

13th July 2024
Communigrow Open Day

Open day and celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Communigrow at East Malling. All welcome!

See the diary for more details of forthcoming events.

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