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Residents demand brake on village car park plan


A BID to improve parking problems in Eccles by turning a green space into a public car park, has run into opposition from some residents. Aylesford Parish Council wants to build the car


park on a stretch of grass and shrubs next to al- lotments in Belgrave Street. The site is a popular play area and has strips mown for dog walkers and children’s cycles and scooters. Parish clerk Andrew Flindell said the scheme


was justified on amenity grounds. The lack of parking space had been a recognized problem for many years in the area of old terraced housing known locally as The Square, which includes Cork Street, Varnes Street, Victoria Street, Bel- grave Street and Alma Road. Aquestionnaire, sent to residents of The Square


at the end of 2010, attracted a 50% response rate, of which 48% said they would use a car park in the unused allotment area if adequately surfaced


Take a look as village


green takes shape WORK is well under way on the new village green at Holborough Lakes, Snodland (right). The mature trees, turf and walkway are al-


ready in place and the site is open for anyone to take a peek at progress. The children’s play area is also nearing completion and should open soon. Holborough Lakes now has its own village


hall where a variety of activities are being or- ganised. See the noticeboard for more infor- mation. Holborough Lakes residents will be able to hire the hall for events.


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and lit, while 14%definitely would not, and 36% were in between. Objections to the application, which has been submitted to Tonbridge and Malling Council, have included the loss of green space, noise, pol- lution and lighting as well as danger to allotment holders from vehicles using the car park. Aresident of St Peter’s Place said an existing car


park was not fully used on a regular basis and had attracted anti-social behaviour from local youths, with cars screeching round the car park late at night and being set alight. CCTV had been installed for many months to


try to apprehend the offenders. The resident’s letter said: “Therefore, to now


look at installing yet another car park would cause the same problems all over again. Would the parish council and police be prepared to in- stall CCTV again amid heavy budget cuts?”


Green scheme


helps charity THANKS to the recycling ef- forts of residents, Tonbridge and Malling Council has do- nated £3,776 to the Kent Air Ambulance. The borough donates £1 to


the charity for each tonne of household waste collected through the green box scheme which recycles newspapers, magazines, food and drink cans and aerosols. The donation covers the pe- riod April 2010 to March 2011.


Breast cancer fun run A PINK-themed day was held at The Malling School in aid of Breast Cancer Research UK. Sixth form girls dressed in


pink organised a fun run around the school field, which attracted 65 competitors.


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