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Thurnham Parish News Garden plan objections

Meetings normally held on the third Monday of each month at the Marriott Tudor Park Hotel. Publicwelcome.

CHAIRMAN:Daniel Skinner CLERK: Sherrie Babington 01634 867173

Meeting date

THE public are invited to the next meeting of Thurnham Parish Coun- cil at the Marriott Hotel on the Ash- ford Road at Bearsted from 7.30pm on January 16. It is hoped Quinn Estates’ application for Binbury Park at Detling will be one of the items on the agenda.

Precept rise

ATWOpercent increase in the pre- cept paid to the parish council has been agreed by councillors for the next financial year.

THURNHAM Parish Council has added its objections to a plan for “back garden” development in Ware Street. Members heard that numerous complaints have been received from neighbours opposing the building of seven detached homes behindApple Tree House. Councillors have now written to Maidstone Council, calling the pro- posal unsustainable, given the short- comings in infrastructure, school places and health services, and in

COUNCILLORS have offered to contribute cash to safety improve- ments onWare Street if a scheme can be agreed. Parish council chairman Daniel Skinner said that in spite of the road being in Bearsted, suchwas the con- cern about the risk to walkers and drivers by on-street parking near the Sandy Lane junction that he had at- tended a site meeting that morning. Hesaid the issue related to two ve-

hicles parked near the junction that obscured pedestrians’ vision at an important crossing point. He said: “This is going to be dis- cussed further by Bearsted Parish Council and we have said we will

light of the parking problems in Ware Street and Hockers Lane. They say it will change the “character of the area” if approved. The parish council has also raised concerns about the size of the access road to the development. Cllr John Horne said he felt this

was larger than warranted and raised concerns about the intentions for the site and overall size of the de- velopment. Members also heard that the applicant and owner of Apple Tree House had also bought the

Parking issue discussed

contribute to the cost, even if it is a flyer to residents asking them to be more considerate about parking.” Vice-chairman Richard Smithwas

angry at the lack of action by police, the borough and county councils on what appeared to be financial grounds. He said: “I don’t see why we should wait until someone is hurt before this is taken seriously. “Society is encouraging people to

walk to school and the station, and we should not be presenting pedes- trians with more hazards.” He spoke at a meeting of Bearsted Parish Council, whose members agreed to send letters to the car owners.

equestrian land behind her property. County councillor Jenny Whittle agreed to support the parish coun- cil’s objections. Ward councillor Nick de Wig- gondene also objected and asked Maidstone Council to put the pro- posal to its full planning committee for determination. A previous application for 10 houses was rejected by Maidstone Council in April. It is understood an appeal has been lodged for this ear- lier application.

Land purchase

RESIDENTS are invited to give their thoughts on creating a public open space in Aver- enches Road. Councillors say the county council-owned strip of land next to the play area has be- come a “nuisance car park for youths and lorry drivers”. It says if support for the idea

is strong enough it would con- sider buying the land. Email your view to the parish

clerk Sherrie Babington at thurnhamparishcouncil@sher-


Maidstone East January 2017

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