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News Floodwardens prepare plans

ATEAM of flood wardens – many ofwhomwere affected by last win- ter’s floods – has been drawn up to link communities and co-ordinate responses to flood risk. The EnvironmentAgency, in part- nership with Kent Fire & Rescue Service and KCC, has trained the team of wardens to cover high-risk areas, including East Farleigh, East Peckham, Collier Street, Boughton Monchelsea, LittleVenice (Yalding), Aylesford, and Maidstone. As part of their training, the war-

dens learned about the work of the EA, how the flood warning service works, and the local flood risk to their community, highlighting spe- cific areas that are more susceptible to flooding and areas where debris can build up. The wardens are now talking to

parish councils to discuss how they can work together during a flood event, activating community plans, in the event of flooding this winter. Maidstone, Tonbridge and Malling and Sevenoaks councils

have funded equipment, but more volunteers and flood wardens are still needed, especially in Collier Street andAylesford. RobWiles, of the Kent Resilience

Team, said: “The local knowledge that flood wardens can provide to us on the ground will greatly en- hance our response capability.How communities prepare and work to- gether before, during and after flooding, make a real difference. Flood wardens are vital to helping communities survive the effects of

flooding.” No new wardens have been re- cruited for Yalding – apart from at Little Venice, which was one of the worst-affected areas. A spokesman said: “Yalding is a community that responds well to the threat of flooding, in that they have a plan and they know how to enact it. “The work with wardens was fo-

cused on different communities who might not have been so alert to the risk of flooding.”

Sports ground car park agreed Bollards removed aer protest

WEST Farleigh Sports and So- cial Club has won planning per- mission for a car park on land opposite the sports ground and clubhouse on Charlton Lane. But now it needs to raise £19,000 to fund the work. Landowner Stephen Norman

came to the rescue after years of complaints from road users, try- ing to pass the plethora of parked cars in the road, and spo- radic incidents of damage to ve- hicles. The club would like to pro-

vide a car park similar to the one built recently at All Saints’ Church in the village, which al- lows grass to grow through and beneath the rubber surface. The car park would only be available for use on match days and at other appropriate times, so as not to spoil the landscape permanently. Fund-raising will figure high

on the club’s agenda, while it continues to seek grant support from bodies such as Sport Eng- land.

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Chart Corner, Chart Sutton, Maidstone ME17 3SB Maidstone South August 2014

BOLLARDS in Chart Sutton de- scribed as unsightly, over the top, and in the wrong place have been removed – a week after they were installed. Two posts had been requested

by the parish council four years ago for the footpath between Mar- sham Crescent and the village hall to stop people parking on the kerb. But last month, contractors arrived and installed six white obstruc- tions – half-way across the foot- path. Villagers’ anger was evident at the parish council meeting, where


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therewas standing room only, and from a 40-signature petition. The parish agreed the bollards

were in the wrong place, were not in keeping with the village, made it difficult for those with pushchairs and wheelchairs to get passed and the number fitted was “overkill”. The combined opposition re-

sulted in all the bollards being re- moved in seven days. Discussions will now take place

about alternative suggestions, in- cluding putting a flower planter on each corner.


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