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Septemeber/October 2017


Serving local people, businesses & events in Addington, Birling, East Malling, Kings Hill, Larkfield, Leybourne, Mereworth, Offham, Ryarsh, Trottiscliffe, West Malling


DRAGONS’ DEN


COUNTY Councillor Trudy Dean is once again handing up to £2,000 to each of up to five local groups for projects for local people. This year the annual Dragons’ Den event will take place on the afternoon of November 18, courtesy of The Malling School at East Malling.


Groups from Larkfield, East Malling and West Malling can apply to bid for the money. Applicants have to give a three minute presentation to the audience on why they want the money and what they will spend it on, and at the end, everyone in the audience uses electronic voting pads to nominate their favourite projects.


The top five projects will receive funding from Cllr Dean’s KCC member’s grant. If you are interested in bidding for this money contact Anne.charman@kent.gov.uk for an application form.


Have your say on bus proposals


KENT County Council received about £100,000 from the developers of Ryarsh Brickworks to improve public transport links between Ryarsh and West Malling.


The council proposes to use it on improvememts to the 58 bus service. However, there are concerns that the


“improvements” look set to deprive large numbers of Malling people of their only direct bus route to Maidstone Hospital and local shops.


KCC says it wants to use the money to increase the frequency of the existing number 58 bus timetable, but it is proposed that it runs only to New Road, when it would travel back into West Malling. This would leave passengers all along its current route, who want to


travel to Maidstone Hospital, having to pick up other connecting bus services, all of which involve a trip into Maidstone town centre and out again.


County Councillor Trudy Dean said: "The 58 bus provides the only direct route to Maidstone Hospital for a whole string of villages between Wrotham Heath and Aylesford. It also provides the only bus which runs through the old centre of East Malling via Clare Lane, and Mill Street.


“I'm told there are no notices on the bus itself, so it's possible not many people are aware of the potential loss of this service.”


If you will be affected please email Dan Bruce at dan.bruce@kent.gov.uk with your views.


Kingfisher Pre-school Playgroup were among last years winners


Help us to grow wildflower verges


A PLAN to increase wildflower areas on roadside verges and corners of land in and around West Malling is being considered.


Parish Councillors Richard Byatt and Trudy Dean met with KCC and Kent Wildlife Trust representatives to discuss how these areas can be managed to increase wildflower numbers. The major change is to ensure mowing only takes place after flowers have seeded.


KCC will cut the grass but volunteers are needed to rake the longer grass to the back of the verge to allow the flower seeds to germinate. Parish Councillor Richard Selkirk is coordinating a team of gardeners who hopefully will help with this process.


Parish council chairman Trudy Dean said: " KCC already has some protected wildflower verges but they are few and far between and none in this area. The ox-eye daisies on the A228 are widely admired. We hope that volunteers will enable us to significantly increase these beautiful areas we all enjoy, and raking the long grass is good for reptiles as well.”


If you are interested in taking part in this project please contact parish clerk Claire Christmas on clerk@westmallingpc.org.


A Malling Action Partnership publication


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