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Is Chaucer Way becoming a distribution centre car park?


A NUMBER of residents have complained about the white vans being parked in Chaucer Way, Larkfield.


They take away parking from residents and in some places create a hazard by narrowing the road and blocking sight lines for other drivers.


In the last year or so, there have been a few reports of a single lorry driving to convenient locations and handing out parcels, presumably for delivery, to up to 50 drivers of white vans. The vans drivers are sometimes brought by minibus to collect keys to the vans which can be parked up on residential streets such as Chaucer Way.


Elsewhere in car parks, such as at New Hythe Station, the vans are driven to the ‘mother’ lorry to collect the goods and then disperse.


County councillor Trudy Dean said: “We suspect that this is to do with the many distribution firms now operating from the North Larkfield estate. “We all increasingly shop on line for home delivery, but it is not acceptable for nearby residential streets to be turned into white van car parks.


“I am also concerned that the drivers to whom parcels are being passed on are being checked for the correct driver and personal qualifications as suitable people to be handling goods and coming onto private property.” Enquiries are being made with Planning and Trading Standards Departments to check what controls exist to cover this situation.


One possible solution is to extend resident parking schemes to cover the affected areas. But that means residents would need to pay for permits.


90 homes’ plan near station


DEVELOPER Bellway Homes has announced its intention to seek planning permission for up to 90 homes on land near West Malling Station with an access onto Swan Street. The land lies between the main station approach road, Swan Street and Lavenders Road . The Parish Council has held a meeting for local residents and launched an online map and survey to collect local views at http://www.westmallingpc.org/lavenders-road---bellway- proposed-development.html.


The council is opposed to the development site which will destroy the rural setting of the railway station, and harm the setting of West Malling Abbey which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument inhabited by an Anglican Benedictine order of nuns. There are also concerns about the impact of additional traffic and another access road on Swan Street, and harm to the beauty of Lavenders Road which is a designated ‘quiet lane’. No application has so far been received by the borough council, and these houses are not needed to meet the government’s housing target to 2031 as set out in the borough’s Local Plan.


Stop notice is issued


TONBRIDGE & malling Borough Council has issued an article four ‘Stop Notice’ to prevent any potential development on Stickens Orchard, Stickens Lane, East Malling.


The notice came into force on August 31 and was issued when activity on the site suggested that it was being prepared for development for which no Planning Permission has been given. It prevents any changes to boundary fences, gates and ‘means of enclosure’, erection of buildings, parking of caravans or erecting of tents.


The notice remains in force until planning consent has been given.


Outstanding music in historic venues


16th-29th September 2018


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