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West Malling Parish Council


MACEY'S MEADOW The annual Applefest event will be on Saturday, September 23, from 2-5 pm. A wonderful community day, where the orchard apples are harvested and pressed for all to enjoy their fresh juice, there will also be a cake stall and musical entertainment. The Macey’s Meadow Committee alongside the Parish Council, held a competition asking members of the public to design their new logo and the winner will be unveiled during the afternoon. Volunteer working party weekends are to continue on the following dates:- Sept 23; October 7 and 21; November 4 and 18; December 2, 16 and 30, and run between 10am and noon. Tools will be provided. All meet at the container near the mixed woodland. Follow their progress on Facebook and Twitter.


COMMUNITIES TOGETHER FUND Each year, Kent Police receives money by seizing and auctioning property from offenders, often vehicles which have been used to commit crimes such as drug dealing in local communities. The Communities Together Fund has been created to reinvest that money into local communities the offenders potentially harmed. A sum of £15,000 has been set aside to be awarded to projects which bring communities together. The maximum grant available per project is £750. Bids must meet certain criteria to be successful. For full information the online link is:- www.kent- pcc.gov.uk/what-we-do/commissioning/ funds/communities-together-fund/


WEST MALLING VILLAGE HALL The committee is pleased to report that work on the roof is now complete and that it was successful in receiving £4,000 from the Tesco Bags for Help Scheme towards the cost.


ALLOTMENTS There are a number of vacant plots at the Ryarsh Lane allotments. If you are interested in growing your own produce and are resident within West Malling parish you can secure a plot with a refundable deposit of £25. Current yearly rent is £12.50 (to be increased to £15 from November 2017).


Please contact the parish clerk on 01732 870872 for further information.


Plans amended on Aylesford Newsprint site


MEMBERS of East Malling and Larkfield Parish Council have met representatives of the agents for the former Aylesford Newsprint site to be updated on the latest position concerning the proposed redevelopment of the site. They are also going to meet other affected parish councils.


Work has started on demolishing the buildings and a record of those on site is being made so it can be deposited at Kent Archives.


The applicants have lodged various reports with Tonbridge and Malling Council in answer to questions and issues raised and a revised statement in support of their application. These include more documents concerning highway impacts as required by the Highway Agency and KCC. Two more documents are due and then TMBC will re-consult including with affected parish councils.


The revised documents show two possible layouts with one showing a site for a new school if required by KCC. The proposals for the strip of land between the railway and the river have been amended to show a Riverside Park with play areas with the riverside


path retained and improved. One of the bridges under the railway would be used as a pedestrian link. Housing would be confined to the Mill Hall end of the site.


The plans show as before an access out to Station Road from the housing site but this would not be for HGVs from the commercial site and would be designed accordingly.


A site is shown to make use of existing boreholes to serve the general water supply to the whole wider area by SE Water.


The site for community facilities such as a GP surgery/medical centre and a small shop are retained and a proposed bus service would serve the site including a link to New Hythe Station.


The old mill pond next to the motorway would be retained as a feature, including the Ditton stream running through the site, linked to a series of green spaces and footpaths. There would be a green area separating the houses from the employment area which continues to be the biggest part of the site and which would create more jobs than the former Newsprint site.


Council prepares for next stage of Local Plan


Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council published the first draft of its Local Plan in autumn 2016. The council received around 1,000 responses from the public, and published its reply to the points raised in July.


Councillors have been told they will be briefed on the council's final draft during this September and October, with publication of the document for consultation during autumn. The council expects to agree its final document, which will go to a government inspector for approval, in February 2018.


LOCAL CONTACTS


Trudy Dean, Malling Action Partnership chairman E: trudy.dean@kent.gov.uk T: 01732 843 119


Citizens Advice Bureau – T: 01732 440488


Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council main switchboard – T: 01732 844522


Pothole reporting – T: 08458 247800


Travel Enquiries Nu-Venture Buses – T: 01622 882288


Trains – T: 08457 484950 Arriva Buses – T: 0871 200 22 33


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So far there has been no indication of what TMBC thinks about the support for extending the Green Belt, and the many objections to the development of land in East Malling and Ditton, in the area of land bounded by the A20, the Maidstone- Borough Green railway line, Kiln Barn Lane and Hermitage Lane, where several thousand houses are proposed.


Meanwhile several developers have submitted planning applications for large scale building on Hermitage Lane, in Aylesford Quarry, and London Road, West Malling. This gives the local authority a problem. The council could refuse these applications until its Local Plan is agreed. But if it does so, the applicants can appeal and a government inspector would then decide whether or not planning permission should be given. Concerns have been raised that an inspector may not, as TMBC would do, include conditions to ensure such things as adequate road access, public transport, and local amenities are provided by the developers. Cllr Trudy Dean said; “These kinds of binding agreements are critical to the Malling area where the main spine road of the A20 is already over capacity, and traffic congestion and pollution are major public issues.”


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