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CHAIRMAN:Bob Hinder CLERK: Pauline BowderyASST 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 Wallet thief

says thanks A CHEEKY thief stole from a parked van and left a note saying thank you on the dashboard, parish councillorswere told. The culprit took awallet from the

vehicle in Abigail Crescent, Walderslade, between 11.30pm on November 15 and 8.30am the next day. Parish council chairman Bob Hin-

der said: “That was a bit of a cheek.” Kent Police said there had been

five reports of items stolen from ve- hicles in the area between October 27 andNovember 28, and a carwas taken from a driveway in Birch Drive on November 12. The 2015 Mazda CX-5was found

19 days later by PCSO Matt Adling- ton nearWestfield Sole Road. A spokesman warned owners to ensure vehicles are locked overnight and not to leave valuable items on display or car keys visible from outside their home. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police on 101.

Flytipping up

COUNCILLORS expressed con- cern about an increase in flytipping in the parish, especially large amounts of builders’ rubble. A resident had emailed high- lighting the problem in Cookham Wood. He said he cleared up rub- bish regularly but would like to see morewarning signs and CCTV. Residents are advised to report flytipping to Maidstone Council on itswebsite.

Alert service

FOR news, planning applications or crime in your area join our com- munity alert service. Email en- stating which area you are inter- ested in: Grove Green & Weaver- ing, Boxley Village, Sandling & Forstal or Lordswood & Walder- slade.

Parish meeting

THE next meeting of the parish council will be at 7.30pm on Mon- day, January 23 at Beechen Hall, Wildfell Close,Walderslade.

Council to the rescue as hall heating fails

BOXLEY Parish Council has agreed to finance a new gas boiler at Grove Green Community Hall after a heating emergency at the premises. The hall association’s chairman, Monty Knight-Olds, attended the meeting to seek urgent help.Areg- ular maintenance check had been carried out that morning and a leak had been detected which had re- sulted in the two boilers at the hall being condemned. The hall had no other heating

and was used every day by com- munity groups including a pre- school on four mornings aweek. He said that as boilers were now

more efficient, just one new one would be needed to replace the old equipment, but he had been quoted £3,500 plus VAT for this, which the hallwas not in a position to pay. Until the work could go ahead,

further costs would be incurred as four temporary heaters would need to be hired at a cost of £18 each per week.

Councillorswere very concerned

to hear of the problems and it was agreed that the council would pay the cost of a replacement boiler unit and installation up to £3,500. Mr Knight-Olds said the fitting would take about two days and could be done after the end of school term,

once it had been authorised. Cllr Dennis Hollands (right) said: “I would fully support a grant for the hall and the service it gives to the com- munity.At this time of year, where there are children and it is an emer- gency,we should say yes.”

Residents have say on homes plan

FORTY residents attended the November environment commit- tee meeting which heard details of a pre-application presentation for a development on land at the end of Forge Lane. The committee also dealt with a planning application for two three-bedroom properties atWil- low Farm, Sandling. The meeting changed venues to the European Osteopathy School

at Boxley Village to allow resi- dents to hear a presentation by three representatives from Savills on the Forge Lane scheme, also in- volving two three-bedroom houses.

Environment committee chair-

man, Cllr Wendy Hinder said: “Some residents had to wait a long time to be heard, but overall it was a successful evening with residents’ views and comments

Register for power cut help

UK POWER Networks has set up a Priority Services Register to help it identify vulnerable people and get help to them quickly in the event of a power cut. The electricity provider has

asked councillors to encourage res- idents who may be eligible for help to join the free register. The company said it had reduced power cuts by 42% since 2010 but

added: “While power cuts are less frequent, when they do occur they can be very worrying, especially to older people and those with chronic medical conditions or par- ents of very young children.” Find out more, including details

of who can register, at ukpower- ority-services-during-a-power-cut/ or call 0800 169 9970.

going back to The Rochester Bridge Trust and the parish coun- cil objecting to the Willow Farm planning application.Abig thank you to all the residents who at- tended and apologies for the delay in getting to some of you.” The committee welcomes the

public and developers to its meet- ings and a leaflet explaining the parish council’s role within the planning system is on itswebsite.

Mayor praised

THE Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Derek Butler, whose borough ward includes Boxley,was praised by the parish council for his devo- tion to civic duties during his year of office. Cllr Wendy Hinder said: “I

think we should be very proud. Derek is considered to be one of the most hardworking mayors that Maidstone has ever had.”

The chairman and staff at Boxley Parish Council wish residents a happy and prosperous new year 22 Maidstone East January 2017

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