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West Malling Parish Council


Macey’s Meadow Volunteers have been busy hay making this summer. The successful sale of the bales has brought in a grand total of £330. The harvested cobnuts have been sold for £16.50. Revenue from the Meadow produce supports continued maintenance of this special amenity Applefest The popular Applefest Day will be at Maceys Meadow on Saturday 22nd September, from 1 - 4pm. Donations of cake for the cake stall would be gratefully received. This is a great family day out, harvesting the


apples and enjoying the pressed juice with ‘goodies’ from the cake stall. Allotments There are still some plots available at the Ryarsh Lane Allotments. If you are a resident within the West Malling Parish, you can secure a plot with a refundable deposit of £50 and a yearly rent of £15. Please contact the parish clerk on 01732 870872 for further information. Speedwatch Help keep speed down in West Malling and volunteer for Speedwatch, please contact the parish clerk on


01732 870872 for further information. Litter Pick Our next litter pick will be on Saturday, October 27 at 10 am, please meet at the village hall in Norman Road. Please contact the parish clerk on 01732 870872 for further information. Councillor Vacancy Following one of our councillors moving house, we have a vacancy for a new parish councillor. If you are interested please contact the Council Clerk, Claire Christmas on 01732 870872 or Chairman Trudy Dean on 01732843119


West Malling GP surgery – the future


THE future of the West Malling surgery was in the press earlier this year – as you will know the site no longer meets NHS requirements.


But a buyer has now been found for the site. As part of the conditions for the sale, it has been agreed to lease back the premises for the whole site – this includes the chiropractor clinic.


Back office work will move out during 2019 into better commercial settings. No location has yet been found but detailed planning has now started.


According to the NHS website, there have been several suggestions for land available for a Super Practice.


The NHS is looking to establish such practices where there is a potential patient list of 30,000 plus, but there are 20,000 currently in the local area. This would take up to five years to plan and create.


According to the website, the surgery has addressed the following issues:


Telephones. We are increasing the number of staff trained to answer the telephone and to deal with booking appointments. Our maximum call wait at most times constantly reaches our plan time of 15 minutes so please stay on the phone. If you ring off and ring back later it will take longer to get through! You can also make appointments in person or by text. Our intention is to reduce the waiting time to


just 5 minutes, and to have ten members of staff answering the phones at peak times.


Doctor numbers. We are pleased that Dr Reichhelm returns from Australia in September. Two more doctors have been recruited and will start in September – and another is still at the recruitment stage.


Blood Pressure Machine.


There will be a blood pressure monitoring machine in the waiting room at Kings Hill. Delivery was due in August.


Training Closure


The practice will be closed at all three sites from 1pm on Thursday 13th September for protected learning time. If you require urgent medical treatment during this time then please call NHS 111.


Monthly Meetings We will continue to hold monthly meetings across the three practices where you can


meet the Business Manager and make comments and/or ask questions. The next such meeting is at Kings Hill Surgery (Upstairs waiting room) on Monday September 17 from 10.00 to 10.30am. The October meeting will be at Leybourne surgery on Tuesday October 16 from 12 to 12.30pm. All these meetings are shown on the plasma screens in the waiting area and all the surgery windows. You can contact the Patients’ Participation Group on wmgpppg@gmail.com


M20 closures announced


M20 closures have been announced for the demolition and rebuilding of the Teapot Lane footbridge at Aylesford to create increased headroom necessary for the extra motorway lane. The first closure for demolition of the bridge takes place from 10pm, Friday, September 14 to 6am, Monday, September 17.


The second closure for the installation of the new deck will be the weekend of November 9 - 12. These dates have been chosen to avoid peak travel dates and events such as the October half term and bonfire night.


Quiet surfacing has been agreed for all lanes between junctions 3 and 4, and lanes one and four only elsewhere.


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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