Recent updates

  • 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.

  • Flooding
    Article: Feb 13, 2019

    After pressure from local Lib Dem Councillors, work was authorised to sort out the floods at the New Road - London Rd junction near B and Q. But even we were surprised to hear the account of the drainage engineer on what happened next. He wrote " I can confirm that 9 soakaways, 3 catchpits, 27 gullies and about 280 metres of 150mm surface water pipes have been cleaned. We removed 70.18 tonnes of spoil and it took 8
    nights working from 21.30 until 02.30 each night."

  • Article: Feb 13, 2019

    When KCC say on the news that it has "salted all the roads", what it means is that they have salted all the 'Primary Salting Routes'. These are generally A and B roads and busy commuter routes. Locally, just the A20, A228 (bypass) and the road from A20 into West Malling are Primary routes. Secondary Salting routes are meant to include places like Doctors, Care Homes, and Schools. Last winter, none of the secondary routes were
    touched. Only Primary Routes were treated, leaving many people still unable to get to them.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2019

    Maidstone Lib Dem councillors have been successful in getting Secretary of State Chris Grayling to confirm that fast Thameslink train services into St Pancras will run to Maidstone, calling at West Malling, from December 2019. He has also approved overnight sidings in Ashford. The published plans say there will be two additional trains per hour throughout the day. Train speeds will be 'competitive' with the High Speed trains which currently stop at Snodland, Strood, Ebbsfleet, Stratford and St Pancras.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2019

    KCC consulted on a plan to ban right turns onto London Rd. We commented that without enforcement, it was unlikely to be observed. KCC Highways say the plan has been ditched.

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: Feb 13, 2019

    At County Hall, Trudy has obliged KCC to publish the Pavement repair backlog separately. This has revealed our pavements are in an even worse condition than our roads, and a special fund for pavement repairs has been set up.

    During 2018, a KCC report showed levels of actual spending compared to what was needed to simply maintain the state of roads and footways as they are now.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2019

    The Government has given KCC £10 million to help sort out some of its backlog of £650 million of road repairs. The money must be spent by the end of March.

    We must make sure we get our local road and pavement repairs done with this money. Will you be your street champion and list the potholes and pavement repairs in your road so we can send them all to KCC in good time? Give me a ring if you can help and let me know which road you are covering. Nick (07534 459491)