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Boxley Parish Mail

CHAIRMAN: Ivor Davies CLERK: Pauline Bowdery ASST CLERK: Melanie Fooks Parish Office, Beechen Hall,Wildfell Close,Walderslade, ME5 9RU

Tel: 01634 861237 email: Website: Contact details for parish councillors can be obtained from the parish office, the Useful Contact Details leaflet or the website

Lorry parking BOROUGH Cllr Wendy Hinder is urging residents to write to KCC ward member Paul Carter about the problems caused by lorry drivers when using the layby on Old Chatham Road, Sandling, for an overnight stopover. Cllr Hinder has received sev-

eral complaints regarding ob- structive parking, litter and health issues. She said she would not give up on the issue. The layby is within the boundary of Tonbridge and Malling Council, but the regular overspill parking is within the Maidstone area and she has suggested a meeting between Cllr Carter and the relevant ward member to discuss the sit- uation.

Remembrance date THE annual ceremony of laying wreaths and poppies at the war memorial on the village green in Boxley takes place at 11am on Sunday, November 10. It will be preceded by a service of remembrance in St Mary's Church commencing at 10am. All are welcome to attend.

Concern over commuter parking

CONCERN has been raised about the increasing number of cars parking all day on the verge out- side Sandling Village Hall, causing damage to the grass. It is thought that vehicles are being left there

by commuters who are catching the bus to Lon- don.

Cllr Ann Spain said this was a recent problem

that seemed to be worsening. There were around 15 cars parked on the verge that morning. It was feared the damage would increase with the onset

THE parish council’s allotments project continues to make good progress with the final details currently being put in place. The site is to be divided into

86 quarter plots which it is an- ticipated will be let from March 1 next year. Cllr Bob Hinder said tenders

had been submitted for the fencing and the contract would shortly be awarded. The fencing would have rabbit proofing at its base and hedgerow trees will be planted along the section that borders a public footpath. Work was going ahead on peg-

Orchard impresses council THE Weavering Diamond Jubilee community orchard at Penhurst Place, Weavering, was praised by the Mid Kent Downs Steering Group during a recent visit to the site. Cllr Tony Harwood, who had led the orchard project, said members of the group had remarked on how “it was gen- uinely a little island of the old Weavering”. They were es- pecially impressed that the orchard was well-used and respected by the community. “The sunwas out and the or- chard was full of people. It was idyllic,” said Cllr Harwood. In congratulating Cllr Harwood on the success of the

visit, parish council chairman Ivor Davies said: “You must have been really proud, and deservedly so, because you have putsomuchworkintoit”.

Homes shortfall fighting fund agreed

THE parish council has agreed in principle that Boxley should join other parish councils through- out the borough in contributing to a £40,000 fight- ing fund in the event of taking legal action over Maidstone Council’s five-year housing land allo- cation scheme proposals. Chairman Ivor Davies explained to Boxley council that theMaidstone area committee of the Kent Association of Local Councils had recently considered a paper submitted by Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council, which quoted a QC’s advice that Maidstone Council was wrong in not allowing for “windfall” sites in its plans. It was statistically very likely that a number of such de-

velopment opportunitieswould become available and allowance should therefore be made. As it was, Maidstone was the only housing authority in Kent to have a five-year land supply shortfall. In the light of this, the committee agreed to chal- lenge Maidstone’s approach and, if necessary, go to judicial review –which would be an expensive business. After discussion, and in view of the fact that ur-

gent action could be needed, the parish council agreed in principle, with two abstentions, to con- tribute a reasonable amount, of up to £1,500 as Boxley is the largest parish, to fight this potential injustice.

of winter. It was also reported that a vehicle had been parked actually on the village hall drive- way, blocking the way for users. Borough Cllr Wendy Hinder said she was

aware of the problems, adding that the vergewas suffering badly, especially with the rain we had had.

She said that she had raised the matter with Maidstone Council parking services who would be visiting the site as it appeared there may be some measures that could be put in place.

Dove Hill allotments progress

ging out the plots and installing a water supply to dipping troughsaswellastoatapfor use by the disabled. Planning permission will be sought for concrete foundations for the troughs and for a shed and com- posting toilet. As the working group led by

Cllr Hinder has completed its role in infrastructure planning and building an access road, the scheme had now been handed over to the council’s estate com- mittee, who would draw up rules and regulations for the running of the allotments.

Call system

under attack MAIDSTONE Council’s new telephone call answering system has come under criticism from Boxley and other parish coun- cils.

Boxley chairman Ivor Davies,

who attended the Maidstone areameeting of the Kent Associ- ation of Local Councils, told the parish council recently that a number of members expressed their frustration with the system. He said: “All agreed that itwas

most unsatisfactory. It seemed designed to ensure that callers gave up after being passed round in circles by a voice-recognition system that does not seem to un- derstand plain English and a call-centre that seems unable to transfer calls.” After hearing that one council-

lor had waited three hours in a call queue while trying to pay for rental of a garden refuse bin, and residents suggested that such delays were commonplace, it was agreed that the parish council chairman should write to Maidstone Council about the issue.

Clean-up help BOXLEY Parish Council has joined forces with Maidstone Borough Council in a bid to clean up problem areas of Walderslade and Lordswood from November 6-9. Residents are invited to a roadshow where members of the environmental enforcement team and the parish council will advise residents on issues such as dog fouling, fly-tipping and litter. Further details will be available on the parish no- ticeboards or on the website.

The parish council extends a heartywelcome to all newresidents of the parish andwould like to remind you thatwe are here to serve

YOU. Details of the role of a parish council and specifically what Boxley Parish Council does can be found on the council’swebsite. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the parish office. If you do not have access to a computer, our other contact details are at the top of this page.

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