Recent updates

  • Quiz night
    Article: Sep 24, 2019
    By David Thornewell

    Tonbridge and Malling Lib Dems will be holding our annual quiz night on October 12th.

    The cost is £8 per person, and this includes food. Please bring your own drinks and glasses.

    Use the form below to join us.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2019
    By Frani Hoskins

    Since being elected to the council in May, Frani and Garry have received a number of complaints about speeding traffic on our roads. Most notably, along
    ● St Mary's Road;
    ● Quarry Hill;
    ● Priory Street and
    ● Pembury Road


    We are investigating the possibility of asking the police if we can set up a Speedwatch in our area. Currently there are none in Tonbridge, although some of our villages operate such a scheme very successfully.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2019
    By Anita Oakley

    Larkfield Leisure Centre is set to close for swimming in the main pool for about 36 weeks from October 2019 to May 2020. This will enable work to go ahead on replacing the boilers with more efficient ones (last done 1981) and the air handling system too (last looked at in 1991). At the same time replacement of the
    polycarbonate pool hall barrel vault roof will be undertaken.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2019
    By Anita Oakley

    Following extensive local consultation KCC are hoping to go ahead with alterations to the above section of the A20.

    Their aim is to increase the flow of traffic which may improve air quality. They will remove the dedicated right turn bus lane at the New Hythe Lane junction. There will be two forward lanes at both New Hythe Lane traffic lights and Ditton
    Crossroads going towards Maidstone with longer run outs. Move the bus stop to a wider pavement outside the Mini
    garage, remove the bus lay-by both there and at Bell Lane. There are plans to create a shared footway/cycle path.(Although following
    consultation this may be separated). Also, widening the keep left
    islands so that a bicycle could be accommodated. And finally, adding a keep left island outside the former Kia garage.

  • wates
    Article: Aug 11, 2019
    By Michelle Tatton

    So, who has received the Wates Newsletter about the proposed development in East Malling north of the A20 and west of Winterfield Lane? We have highlighted this in previous editions of our Hotline and while these details have now emerged the full planning application is awaited although we expected that to be submitted any time now.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2019
    By Nick Stapleton

    Last week there was an incident at the Farmhouse, resulting in 10 people being injured. As many will be aware, this is the second incident of its kind, after a ruckus at the Joiners Arms a few weeks ago. West Malling has always been viewed a safe place to go out for the evening, and thankfully there have only been two incidents of this kind for quite some time.

    One big concern is the amount of litter, vomit and broken glass that can be seen around the High Street on a Saturday and Sunday morning. It is great that West Malling is such a hotspot for an evening out, but it's important that it's done respectfully and with some control.

    Borough Councillor Nick Stapleton was recently interviewed by the Kent Messenger regarding the recent issues.

    Should you have any information on the incident that took place at the Farmhouse last week, contact Kent Police on 01622 604100 and quote reference 46/149022/19.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2019
    By Anita Oakley

    The managing agent for the Thornhill Medical Practice in Martin Square, Larkfield, has responded to Anita's plea!

    They persisted and found someone to mend the clock. Time had stood still for too long but now the clock is fixed and you will tell the correct time. Little successes like this make all the communications worthwhile!

  • Anita with totem pole
    Article: Jul 26, 2019
    By Anita Oakley

    Anita recently erected her Totem Pole in Brookfield School. She made it to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school (1967-2017) and also 50 years since Anita and her husband, Keith, met! The school may have a celebration in September. More info to follow.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2019
    By Nick Stapleton

    West Malling Parish Council is crowdfunding to help challenge the Bellway Homes application to build up to 65 dwellings on the field between West Malling Railway Station and Lavenders Road. This will include a new access directly onto Swan Street, where a line of mature trees and much of the ancient embankment will be removed to clear sight lines for the new entrance.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2019
    By Trudy Dean

    I am often asked how all the new houses planned to be built locally will be supplied with water. Southern Water gave this reply to a recent meeting of Parish Councillors.

    "Our Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP) considers water supply needs to 2070 taking account of local council proposed housing growth numbers (from local plans) as well as other factors such as climate change. In Kent, the most significant new strategic water resources scheme we are proposing is a water re-use scheme at Aylesford to support our abstraction from the River Medway. This is needed by 2027-28. The updated 2019 WRMP went through a public consultation process in 2018 and should be published later this year once permission is granted by DEFRA.

    I understand the water re-use scheme they mention will be near the Medway riverside on the site of the former Aylesford Newsprint works at the north end of New Hythe Lane.

    Southern Water are holding a Kent Stakeholder Workshop on 28th June as the resilience of water supply will be a key topic for discussion.