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Thurnham Parish News


Housing effect on local precept


HOMES and housing led discus- sions when Thurnham Parish Council conducted their latest vir- tual meeting on January 18. Councillors considered the sig- nificant number of new homes that will be contributing to the parish precept from April.


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Awards THURNHAM Parish Council is asking for nominations from local residents for peo- ple they think would be wor- thy recipients of a community award, in view of the difficult times we have lived through over the last 12 months.


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Of the 100 homes planned, more including the affordable homes, about 24 are occupied and around 36 ready by the spring.


The potential construction of road crossings and playground maintenance brought questions of where funds would come from. Cllr John Horne said such facilities should be included in construction costs and paid for by developers. He said: “KCC should insist that builders play their parts. They don’t though, and the community end up paying the bill.”


Councillors agreed to increase the total precept, but as a result of the additional homes it would mean only a small or no increase in the parish precept for households. Cllr Horne expressed his regret


that the battle to save Otham being engulfed by a 440-house develop- ment appeared to have been lost. He accused Maidstone Borough Council officers of “cronyism” and expressed concerns about some “disturbing factors to this appeal.” He said: “The principal factors against this development were based around road safety and these have been largely ignored.” Cllr Smith said many local roads, particularly Thurnham Lane, Water Lane and Pilgrims Way, had assumed the impression of “pedes- trian highways”, with residents en- joying their daily exercise. Councillors are delighted so


many locals are using these areas for their recreation, and will seek support from the highways au- thority to encourage considerate shared use of these roads. Thurnham Parish


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would like to know the views of readers on this matter. Readers should email the parish clerk (thurnhamparishcouncil@sher- riebabington.co.uk) by March 15.


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Church repairs THE roof of St Mary’s Church


was reported to need major re- pair work. Costings were being researched. The Rev Paul Kite had moved


back to Sheppey and the process of appointing a new minister for St Mary’s is underway.


Boards plan


CLLR Richard Smith was con- cerned at the lack of information on parish notice boards. It was de- cided that any information avail- able should be posted, including parish council minutes and COVID-19 vaccination details.


Litter concern


COMMUNITY litter picks have been cancelled during lockdown. It was suggested residents look after the area around their homes until litter picks can resume.


Otham award


CLLR John Horne proposed recog- nition for the Chapman Avenue Residents’ Association and Otham Parish Council for their work on the appeal against development around St Nicholas’ Church.


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