Recent updates

  • Article: Feb 13, 2019

    Urbaser, the new contractor, will start the new bin collection service on 30th September. They will also be responsible for clearing litter and emptying bins from streets and footways. Collections will continue on the normal days through Bank Holidays, including this Easter.

    From September, there will be separate weekly collections of food waste and fortnightly collections of mixed dry recycling, including for the first time plastics and glass. In addition, there will be new "Opt In" collection of garden waste for an annual fee of £40 per year with a discounted price of £35 for people who sign up between the 7th May and Friday 2nd August. Such garden waste will not be collected from householders who do not opt in, so people would either have to compost or take to Civic Amenity sites such as Tovil or Cuxton.

  • Bill Banks
    Article: Feb 13, 2019

    have lived in Leybourne with my family for 28 years. My first job after leaving school was to join the Merchant Navy as a Boy Rating.

    This gave me my first opportunity to go around the world and wet my appetite for future travels. I have been asked to give a presentation on our recent trip to Antarctica. So do come along and say "hello". I am anxious to hear about what issues are important to West Malling people.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2019

    Dr Reichelm has left the practice and will be succeeded by Dr Andrew Swindlehurst. Dr Louisa Gibson has returned to the practice. The Business and Finance Manager has left, and the practice is seeking to employ new GPs, a practice nurse and specialist diabetic nurse. The surgery has been sold and is being leased back for an undisclosed period of time.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2019

    Research into the Planning Application for a new 204 space car park opposite More Park RC Primary School, Lucks Hill, revealed a little known WWII plane crash. On 11th Sept in 1942, a Sterling Bomber on his return from a bombing raid on Dusseldorf was attempting to land at West Malling Airfield. He failed to make it, smashing into a part of the Lucks Hill wall which now surrounds the school, and ditching in the orchard
    beyond. All six crew members were killed.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2019

    The government has given KCC £28 million to prepare for Brexit. But for all other services , the Conservative Government has cut Conservative KCC grant for services in 2019/20 from £37m to £9m and service cuts are being made as a result.

    The Young Persons Travel Pass will soar from £290 to £350pa for travel to school for secondary pupils.

  • Estate
    Article: Feb 13, 2019

    Bellway have applied for planning consent for up to 90 homes with vehicle access off Swan St. on land opposite West Malling Station between the Station Approach road and Lavenders Road. West Malling Parish Council is working with local residents to oppose this application strongly.

    The application would

  • Article: Feb 13, 2019

    The Borough Council deposited its Draft Local Plan with Government on 23rd January. This was one day before the deadline, after which TMBC would have been penalised with a further increase of 23% on their housing targets from now until 2031.

    There are no new development sites proposed for Leybourne. None of the large Green Belt sites submitted by developers in WM on Norman Road, or Mr Betts Farm between Fartherwell Road (not Avenue) and Offham Road were included for house building in the
    Plan.

  • Nick with Gwyneth and Paul
    Article: Feb 13, 2019

    Parish Councillor Nick Stapleton co-ordinates the West Malling Speedwatch scheme and has been working hard over the past year, alongside residents and fellow parish councillors, doing sessions in various locations across the town.

    The purpose of the Speedwatch scheme is to help educate drivers on their speed, as many are either not aware of local speed limits or how fast they are driving. The details of speeding vehicles get passed to the Police who send warning notices to re-offenders and drivers who are breaking the speed limits by a considerable amount. Persistent offenders may be visited. Data can also be used to get traffic calming installed. So, if you want to cut speed in your road, contact Nick and join a couple of Speedwatch sessions so we can provide data on your area to the Police.

  • Neglect
    Article: Feb 13, 2019

    Arundel House has been a blot on our High Street since 2013. It is owned by someone who lives outside the UK much of the time.

    I understand this building is a tiny part of his property holdings. It appears he has no
    concern for the effect of the eyesore and the crumbling building on our town.

    I have written to TMBC to request that that they make a Compulsory Purchase and restore this building to its former glory in the heart of the Conservation Area.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2019

    We receive many complaints about the lack of grass cutting and weed clearance in Leybourne and around the county. TMBC are responsible for " amenity mowing" to keep the grass looking neat and tidy, and they do this 12 times a year. KCC are responsible for
    a metre wide cut at the road edge for visibility, and therefore safety of vehicles and pedestrians. They have reduced the number of mowing several times and this year it will be a single cut.