Thurnham ParishNews


Meetings normally held on the third Monday of eachmonth at theMarriott Tudor Park Hotel. Public welcome.


CHAIRMAN:Daniel Skinner CLERK: Sherrie Babington 01634 867173

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PARISH councillors had not been made aware of the date of the Re- membrance Day service at Thurn- hamChurch. Cllr Mick Wise said: “We con-

stantly hear about low use of the church, but if dates for services aren’t made available, this won’t help.” Councillors agreed a wreath

would be ordered for the service, to be laid by vice chairman Cllr Richard Smith and the clerkwould investigate the details of the service andmake themavailable.

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MEMBERS heard Kent Associa- tion for Local Councils will re- spond to the Government consultation, Homes in the Right Places. But, according to Cllr John

Horne, the Department for Com- munities and Local Government document was merely an attempt to push up the number of houses

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ABENCH tomark theQueen’s ju- bilee had been repaired, but its up- keep would in future fall to the relevant authority. Cllr PeterWaite told themeeting

he replaced the broken oak slat on the memorial bench in Sharsted Way, but reported its general con- ditionwas such that a newonewas probably needed.

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needed in the area by another 7,000.He said: “Unfortunately, this is just a government ruse to jack up the number of houses.” He went on to express disap-

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pointment at the decision of the communities secretary, MP Sajid Javid, not to review Maidstone’s Local Plan, whilst thanking MPs Helen Whately and Helen Grant

Jubilee bench in poor repair Members noted that since a

change to the parish boundaries, the bench nowcomes under the ju- risdiction of Bearsted Parish Coun- cil.Members agreed – because of its previous association with the vil- lage – that a letter be sent to Bearsted Parish Council offering to pay half the cost for a replacement as a one-off gesture.

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THE parish councilwill object to the unchecked use of a site off theA249. Members heard a retrospective application by Zac Kiddle to site four

caravans for his family at Longton Woods had been refused by Maid- stone Borough Council (MBC). However, the applicant had since ap- pealed to a government inspector, and also seeks to dismiss an enforcement notice served by the authority. Members felt, having read a report from MBC, it would also write to

the inspector, adding its objection, specifically in light of the ongoing unchecked use and further development of the site.

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for bringing it to his attention. CllrHorne said: “Outstanding is-

sues regarding air quality have not been dealtwith satisfactorily and it now seems we will be left facing gridlock, squeezed water supplies and more air pollution and no one seems the least bit worried.”Cllr Daniel Skinner agreed that thiswas “depressing”.

Cable laying CONTRACTORS laying cables across the area for Virgin Media hadmoved in to Plantation Lane. Cllr Horne said: “Unfortunately,

Virgin still has to come up with a standard Freephone number for its work boards that residents can use to lodge any complaints. These are matters that should have been dealt with by KCC before the work began.” He added: “We’ve heard a lot

about KCC insisting Virgin rein- states the mayhem they’ve caused but have not heard whether it in- tends to enforce that or not.”

Nextmeeting THE parish council next meets at the Tudor Marriott Hotel on Mon- day, November 20, at 7.30pm. All arewelcome.

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