Summary of upcoming closures on the M20 J3-5 smart motorway scheme for November

Smart Motorway planned closure image

Download a summary of upcoming closures on the M20 J3-5 smart motorway scheme for November.

These closures are to enable the scheme to remove some gantries and reinstall Teapot Lane Footbridge. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by our works and encourage everyone to check the scheme website for the advised diversion routes and allow extra time for their journeys:

We are keeping gantry removal work separate from the installation of Teapot Lane Footbridge. This is to allow safe working space. The installation of the footbridge involves a large crane being moved onto and along the motorway and this would interfere with works to remove gantries if we tried to do this work at the same time. We will be contacting people who live close to the works to let them know what is happening during November.

The dates for these closures have been agreed with the Kent Corridor Coordination Group (KCCG).

If you would like any further information please Email us at: M20.J3-5Smart@highwaysengland.co.uk, or alternatively you can telephone Highways England Customer Contact Centre on Tel: 0300 123 5000.

Local Plan

TMBC local plan

Online Response Form
Comments can be submitted online by completing a response form or by emailing localplan@tmbc.gov.uk or in writing to Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Local Plans Team, Gibson Building, Gibson Drive, Kings Hill, West Malling ME19 4LZ.

Consultation deadline
All comments must be submitted by 4pm on Monday 12 November 2018.

TMBC website: https://www.tmbc.gov.uk/services/planning-and-development/planning/planning-local-plans/local-plan-reg-19-consultation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borough Green Garden City Site

TMBC's Draft Local Plan proposes 3000 houses in the valley between Borough Green and Wrotham, including the provision of a "Relief Road" from Darkhill roundabout at Ightham, to the A20 at Nepicar. This number of houses is 40% of the total TMBC requirement for housing needs as determined by government in the current Local Plan.

A Public Consultation begins on 1st October for 6 weeks, and everyone is urged to write to express their views. Any correspondence should use the title above as a header; a list of possible topics for comment are detailed below. It is important to comment within this time frame, as County Councillor Rayner emphasises in his October Magazine letter.

Loss of Metropolitan Green belt: the whole site is Metropolitan Green Belt and needs Exceptional Circumstances to allow development.

North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: TMBC intend to build right to the boundary of the AONB at Ightham potentially creating a more urban landscape.

Traffic: In addition to the obvious increase in traffic generated by an extra 3000 houses, there will be 10-15 years of accelerated sand extraction and landfill, plus construction traffic, all using the existing A25 and A227 through Ightham if a Relief Road is not completed before house construction starts.

Transport and Travel: Trains and bus routes are already failing to cope with current demand with no plans for further expansion of the public transport infrastructure.

Air Quality: Pollution levels in Borough Green in 2014 were high enough that an Air Quality Management Area was declared, which should limit development. The new development and its traffic will increase pollution levels.

Water Supplies: The proposed new development will be take place over the Local Aquifer, risking pollution of our sole drinking water supply Destroying Rural Life: our environment is a collection of small rural villages, but this scheme will potentially create an urban area the size of Tonbridge.

Other Topics - Medical Facilities, Schools and other infrastructure, Contaminated historic landfills after years of local quarrying.

Write to: Local Plan Consultation, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Gibson Building Kingshill ME19 4LX

E: localplan@tmbc.gov.uk

More info at www.boroughgreen-news.com, your own Parish Council website, or https://www.tmbc.gov.uk/services/planning-and-development/planning/planning-local-plans

Ightham Parish Council position as stated in the July 2018 parish council meeting minutes: Ightham PC will support the Parish Alliance of Wrotham, Platt and Borough Green by donating £16,000 towards the joint funding to employ professional advisors to help formulate a co-ordinated response to the Planning Consultation. Input will be required from Highway Engineers, Planning Consultants and Minerals Experts amongst others.

Cllr Bate from Shipbourne Parish Council, is hugely experienced in planning and will talk to local parishes, including Ightham, about the most effective ways of responding to the Consultation. We would strongly encourage Ightham residents to attend the next Ightham Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 16 th October, 7.30 pm in Ightham Village Hall where they will have the opportunity to ask questions about the proposed new development and the way the Planning Consultation will work.

Reuthe's, the Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks

Reuthe's gardens, SevenoaksReuthe’s in Seal Chart, Sevenoaks, has opened its gates after months of renovation work to the historic gardens. Reuthe’s are the Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks, an acclaimed plant nursery founded in 1902 by a German plant hunter, set in 11 acres of ancient woodland, part of the horticultural miracle that is the Green Sand Ridge in the Weald of Kent.

www.reuthes.com

Tuesday - Saturday | 8.30am-4.30pm
Sunday 10am-3p
Sevenoaks Road | Seal Chart | Kent | TN15 0HB
info@reuthes.com

The historic site has been bought by local plantsman Oliver Schneider who is restoring the gardens, including a new café, to its former glory. In its heyday Reuthe’s won Gold 17 years’ in a row at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show.

Reuthe’s welcomes visitors to explore the woodland, jungle-like pathways and walks up through the Hidden Valley. Here they will find plants and trees so rare they are the only ones in this country and discover hidden pockets of wild mushrooms, wild garlic and blueberries. The family friendly site is fantastic to go exploring with children and well- behaved dogs. Entrance is free.

Forest School at Reuthe's, SevenoaksReuthe’s is situated on a north-facing woodland on a gently sloping hill with acidic, sandy and free-draining soil, part of the Green Sand Ridge. The Lost Gardens offer ideal growing conditions for the 300 varieties of rhododendrons growing on site and other acid loving plants such as rare trees, shrubs, azaleas and camellias.

Oliver Schneider comments, “Mr Reuthe’s curiosity during those treacherous plant hunting expeditions to the Himalayas and China in the early 20 th century is the driving force of our specialist plant knowledge today. In the spirit of that adventure Reuthe’s is our Base Camp HQ and we’re thrilled to be open this Bank Holiday weekend for visitors to come explore the Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks.”

Base Camp Café powered by Birch’s

At Base Camp café there is a daily changing menu of grilled and chilled sandwiches, warm baked sausage rolls, fresh crumpets, seasonal soups and salads. There is Monmouth Coffee alongside cakes and bakes and a delicious Base Camp afternoon tea. For children there is an Explorer Pack which is a healthy and nutritious lunch plus a few non- edibles for entertainment. Base Camp will fuel your adventure and feed your soul. Everything is handmade using local ingredients, including many grown on site in the vegetable potager, such as salads and herbs. Reuthe’s honey is for sale and will soon be followed by seasonal jams and preserves.

Forest School at Reuthe's, SevenoaksA place for discovery and adventure

Reuthe’s journey began over 100 years ago when a young Jewish émigré, Mr Gustav Reuthe, left Germany in fear of his life. Driven by an insatiable curiosity for the exotic, Gustav embarked on dangerous plant hunting expeditions to China and the Himalayas. There, high in the snow-covered mountains, he discovered never seen before rhododendrons, azaeleas and other rare plant species. The plants that he brought home are thriving to this day in the nursery’s magical 11-acre gardens. Many specimens in the Lost Gardens is available to buy. Reuthe’s can arrange professional and careful delivery to anywhere in the UK and Europe. Costs are quoted per plant and order. A smaller number of potted plants are available to buy at the nursery and also by mail order.

For more information and images for Reuthe’s, an interview with Oliver Schneider or to arrange a press site visit please contact Hannah Blake at The Dining Room PR T: 07730 039361 or E: hannah@thediningroompr.co.uk

 

Weekend Closures: J4-6: pm Fri 9 Nov to am Mon 12 Nov.

Kent Police Report Online

From Highways England: We can now confirm these new dates for the weekend closures of the M20 to demolish and then rebuild Teapot Lane Footbridge, which crosses the M20 close to Aylesford Station. We need to replace the footbridge deck to increase its height. This is because we are converting the hard shoulder to a running lane and we need to allow space for vehicles travelling on this lane.

Read the Highways England Consultation update here (6mb) >>

 

National Recycling Week 24th Sept


Kent Police Report Online

Look out for leaflets with lots of useful information arriving on your doorstep week beginning 24th September.

 

Household Waste and Recycling Centre – Waste Consultation


Kent County Council’s ‘Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) Consultation’ launches Thursday 6 September 2018.

This consultation will help us deliver the Kent Waste Disposal Strategy and seeks views on the proposal to implement a charging policy for non-household waste materials including soil, rubble, hardcore and plasterboard, deposited at Kent HWRCs.

The 8 week consultation is available until Thursday 1 November 2018, and we would like to invite you to comment.

The consultation questionnaire and supporting documents can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/wasteconsultation

Your views are important to us and we look forward to receiving your comments.

Rights of Way Improvement Plan - Have Your Say


Kent County Council is consulting on our draft Rights of Way Improvement Plan which outlines our objectives for Kent’s Public Rights of Way network and wider public access for the next 10 years.

This consultation closes on 12 September 2018. Visit www.kent.gov.uk/rightsofwayimprovementplan to find out more and take part.

An Advent recital given by Voce Sacri

1st December 2018 at All Saints’ Church, Tudeley - 6.30pm-7.45pm

The 16 voiced chamber choir Voce Sacri will be giving their second recital on Saturday 1st December in All Saints’ Church, Tudeley, in a programme of music reflecting the season of Advent. The concert will begin at 6.30pm and finish by 7.45pm. Admission free with retiring collection to cover costs with any remainder donated to Plaxtol Church. Their first concert was held the week before Easter this year at St Peter and St Paul Parish Church, Edenbridge.

Voce Sacri are a group of singers who have extensive experience of singing in choirs in Kent and Sussex. A number of them are regular members of local churches in the area and also sing with the Plaxtol Scholars.

Further details from Marius Carboni
mcmarius5@gmail.com
07885 753272

Local Plan

Issued by Ightham Parish Council:-

Please view the Local Plan - Strategic Site – Borough Green Gardens information sheet >>

The draft Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council Local Plan >>

This is not the consultation version of the Local Plan and is still a work in progress. It is anticipated that the final version will be agreed for the purposes of public consultations and submission to the Secretary of State at the Full Council meeting on the 12th September.

Join the big conversation on rural transport

It’s your opportunity to help shape the future of rural transport in Kent and to share your views. For more information, to take part in the questionnaire and for all our public event dates visit kent.gov.uk/bigconversation

Thursday, July 5th - 7-9pm

Borough Green Village Hall
Borough Green
TN15 8DG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highways England - Operation Stack Listening Exercise

Highways England have publicly launched their listening exercise on Operation Stack. According to the Government press notice (see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/operation-stack-listening-exercise-starts-today), the exercise is part of a completely fresh look at how traffic can be managed better when there is disruption to services across the English Channel.

The exercise is inviting feedback on the development of a lorry holding area. The press statement says that the solution could be an on-or off holding area for lorries, at one site or a number of sites and that no specific sites have been identified at this stage. Highways England is also inviting views on the possible provision of 24-hour lorry parking facilities for everyday use by lorry drivers, which could help with lorry parking problems in Kent.

The deadline for responding to Highways England is 11.59pm on Sunday 22 July.

Further details on the listening exercise, including how to respond to the consultation, brochure and public information points, can be found via the following link: https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/solutions-to-operation-stack/.

Highways England is holding a number of public events around the county.

Ightham Football Club Scores a Goal!


Ightham Football Team

 

Ightham FC won the Sevenoaks Charity Cup Senior Final on Friday 30th March 2018. The final was against MALGO FC from Maidstone and was played on the new artificial pitch at The Bourne Stadium, Greatness Park. The competition began in 1894 and is one of the most prestigious and oldest competitions of its type in England. Indeed the cup is more valuable than the FA Cup. Further excitement is in order as the club has subsequently won another cup (Craske & Wells Memorial Trophy) and are in the final of the Smiths Senior Cup on 10th May. So they have had a very successful season. Well done and warmest congratulations on a fabulous season!

Ightham Football Team

 

Kent Carers Matter

Busty Tidy Up Day - Saturday April 14th 2018A new county-wide campaign to raise the profile of Carers and increase access to services has recently launched and we need your help to promote it to your staff and the public.

1 in 9 adults (151,000 people) in Kent are Carers, looking after a family member, partner, friend or neighbour who due to physical or mental illness, disability, age related difficulties or addiction cannot cope without their support. Being a Carer can be a positive experience but it can also be challenging and exhausting, which can impact on a Carer’s mental and physical health or well-being. Five Carer organisations in Kent (Carers FIRST, Carers’ Support – Ashford, Shepway, Swale, Carers’ Support – Canterbury, Dover & Thanet, Crossroads Care Kent and Involve Kent) have joined together to launch Kent Carers Matters, a county-wide campaign to:

  • - raise the profile of Carers in Kent
  • - increase access to Carer services
  • - support health and social care professionals to identify and refer Carers to services earlier
  • - provide more opportunities for Carers to engage with and have their say about local and national issues that affect them

To find out how you can support Carers in your workforce see www.kentcarersmatter.co.uk/employers

Busty Tidy Up Day – Saturday 14 April 2018

Busty Tidy Up Day - Saturday April 14th 2018Sunshine and enthusiasm were in evidence for Ightham Flood Group’s first “Busty Tidy Up Day”. Organised jointly by Ightham Parish Council, Ightham Flood Action Group and supported by TMBC, this Saturday morning gathering was a village first.

A group of cheerful residents, including many whose homes had been flooded during the June 2016 Busty flood, joined forces to tidy up the water course. Quantities of debris were removed from the stream bed including tyres, a broom, plastic bags, copious cans and fast food wrappers together with garden refuse and dead branches. An army of full litter bins gathered in the Village Hall car park as evidence of the team’s hard work. Grateful thanks to National Flood Forum Kent Project Officer, Sanjay Johal, who helped to organise the event; to TMBC for providing the necessary kit and litter bins; and to the George and Dragon who provided a welcome tea and coffee haven for the weary workers. Above all, thanks to everyone who came and worked so hard on this important tidy up. If you didn’t join us this time, come along to the next gathering!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kent Police - Report Online


Kent Police Report Online

 

Temporary Road Closures – Tonbridge & Malling

To allow a programme of surface treatment works to be carried out, Kent County Council has made an Order prohibiting through traffic on Various Roads, Tonbridge & Malling.

Taylors Lane And Vigo Hill, Trottiscliffe
Road Closed from Trottiscliffe Road to A227 Wrotham Road
Alternative route via A227 Gravesend Road, A20 London Road, Ford Lane and vice versa
Road will be closed 25th June for 3 days

Danns Lane, Wateringbury
From A26 to end of Highway Boundary
No alternative route is available
Road will be closed 28th June for 1 day

Exedown Road, Wrotham
Road Closed from Old Terry’s Lodge Road to Kemsing Road
Alternative route via Old Terry’s Lodge Road, Pilgrims Way, Kemsing Road and vice versa
Road will be closed 25th June for 1 day

Fen Pond Road, Ightham
Road Closed from Boundary House to Kemsing Road
Alternative route via A227 Borough Green Road, A25 Sevenoaks Road, A227 Western Road, A227 Wrotham Road, Borough Green Road, Kemsing Road and vice versa
Road will be closed 20th June for 3 days

Mill Lane, Hildenborough
Road Closed from Vines Lane to Underriver House Road
Alternative route via Underriver House Road, Shipbourne Road, Riding Lane, Vines Lane and vice versa
Road will be closed 18th June for 2 days

For details of roadworks, please see http://roadworks.org/

Flood Risk Management Strategy (Local Strategy)

Kent County Council (KCC) has launched a consultation on the draft of its latest Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (Local Strategy). The Local Strategy sets out how KCC and our partners will work together to manage local flood risk (flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses). The draft Local Strategy can be found on the consultation page www.kent.gov.uk/localfloodrisk, there is also a questionnaire to respond to this consultation.

We are also launching the Flood Risk to Communities documents, which are flood risk information documents that provide information about flood risk in each borough of Kent (though some are still to be uploaded). The documents give a summary of the following:

1- who does what to manage flood risk
2- who does what in a flood emergency
3- what plans and strategies there are to manage flood risk in that borough
4- a description of the key flood risks in the area

These documents cover all forms of flooding and provide links for more information. The Flood Risk to Communities documents can be found here http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/strategies-and-policies/environment-waste-and-planning-policies/flooding-and-drainage-policies/flood-risk-to-communities, there is also a link on the Local Strategy consultation page.

We are also developing a website to provide more information on flood risk management and are gathering views on what could be included though a survey. There is a link to the survey on the Local Strategy consultation page or it can be found directly here https://kentcc.firmstep.com/default.aspx/RenderForm/?F.Name=PFwLHFyoT4z&HideToolbar=1

Arriva Thameside Bus Network effective from the 3rd September

 

 

 

View the timetable here >>

 

 

 

 

Housing white paper

Below is the link for anyone wishing to comment on the Housing white paper that Councillor Robin Betts (Ightham, Wrotham & Stansted) reported on recently. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/housing-white-paper

The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme

Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme

Invitation to join the Flood Action Group

Are you concerned about your flood risk? Would you like to be part of a local Flood Action Group in Ightham, working together to reduce flooding? If yes, you are warmly invited to join the National Flood Forum to discuss how we can support you in Ightham.

Download the Flood Report from Ightham Flood - 25 June 2016 (10Mb PDF) here >>.

If anyone would like to be part of the Flood Action Group in Ightham, please contact sanjay.johal@floodforum.org.uk.

Alan Ball Award - Ightham at the Crossroads


Ightham at the Crossroads

We are please to announce that Ightham at the Crossroads, by Jean Stirk and David Williams, (Ightham Parish Council) has won the Alan Ball Award 2016 for a hard copy Local History publication. The judges thought it was an excellent, informative and well-illustrated publication and also reflected the spirit of the award through the participation of local people in addition to the local authors. Many congratulations, the award is richly deserved.

Ightham: At the Crossroads

The book may be purchased from Sevenoaks Bookshop or direct from David Williams for collection or by post. Red Court, Woodland Rise, Seal, Sevenoaks TN15 0JB email: redcourt@dsl.pipex.com; Tel: 01732 764068

Available at £16 per copy + UK p&p £4, if required*. A companion CD containing a full index of the book and transcriptions of parish records, census returns, trade directories and more is also available at £10, post free. For direct sales, please send cheques payable to Ightham History Project to David Williams or make a direct bank transfer to Ightham History Project; Sort code 40-40-32; Account no 41561065 and email David to let him know that you have done so.

On all correspondence please include your name, address, email address and telephone number. * for overseas p&p, please contact David.

 

From your Member of Parliament - Broadband Speeds


Broadband speeds in Ightham

Enough is enough. I’ve had so many complaints about rubbish broadband in every part of our community, and even brought a few myself. Whether it’s a rural village like here in Ightham, or a thriving economic hub like Kings Hill, our broadband desperately needs to improve. That’s why I'm hosting a public meeting with various of the providers to find solutions. I will be joined by senior representatives of BT and others to explain what they are doing to improve our speeds. This is a chance for them to respond to the challenges that we face. I’ve spoken a lot about poor broadband speeds across our villages but the situation in many is still not improving. That’s why I’m holding this meeting. Broadband is as important to modern day life as electricity. We rely on it for so much of our lives, both work and entertainment.

The meeting will be at Leybourne Village Hall on Friday 24 March and complimentary refreshments will be provided on arrival. If you suffer from slow speeds, or if you know someone who does, then please come along. I want every provider to know how much this impacts our lives. I’d be grateful if you could e-mail me on tom.tugendhat.mp@parliament.uk or call my office on 01732 441563 if you can attend.

J5Slips November 2016 update

East Facing Slips at an appropriate location in the vicinity of J5 M25 Sevenoaks

The campaign to see the re-instatement of the missing Sevenoaks slip roads in the vicinity of M25 J5 has taken another positive step forward for our West Kent community with the final publication the ‘Economic Feasibility Study’. Our long campaign for Slip Roads at an appropriate location in the vicinity of J5 M25 Sevenoaks to take 1000s of vehicles a day out of our villages needs the support of this publication. UK Government will put money into schemes that will generate economic development and whereby EU legislation on air quality is likely to result in huge fines imposed on the UK for non-mitigation of diesel generated NO2 and PM2.5 air pollution.

Local Parish Councils, TMBC and KCC all contributed to engage our consultants SYSTRA into forecasting the future as to how these long overdue slip roads would improve the quality of our lives, safety, environment and economy. The study provided an independent review considering both qualitative and quantitative analysis and assessment of potential wider economic benefits. The report can be summarised as an investment that could be classified as ‘medium value for money’ with a benefit to cost ratio of 1.76

This has been seen as positive news taking into account that within the report there was little realisation and recognition of the huge amount of anticipated future infrastructure development planned for the South East over the coming years. There was no positive consideration in the report for the incredible impact on West Kent from the planned Lower Thames Crossing, London Airport 3 rd Runway Expansion, Paramount London Disney World, Southern Ports Expansion programme, Cross rail 1 and 2 schemes, HS2 development, European business increase and South East housing development. When one adds these national schemas into the South East infrastructure development plan the slip road schema has to be an absolutely critical piece of the jigsaw in the national traffic plan at a cost of peanuts that will provide a return on investment of huge benefit.

Health wise, the study recognised a most positive impact in air quality improvement within the villages from the re- instatement of the slip roads coupled with a huge improvement in the environment generally. The reduction of traffic from our roads due to the slip roads would also significantly improve the current safety risk to pedestrians and cyclists.

As for the wider economic benefit this would notably include the generation of controlled and sustainable housing development through ‘Dependent housing’ whereby improved transport schemes naturally enable recognisable housing development which in turn enables the use of employment land to generate employment and again improving connectivity to the labour market providing work for our people.

Finally, even without the anticipated South East future infrastructure development the Economic Feasibility Study concludes that ‘overall there appears to be an economic case for investment in the east facing slip roads at an appropriate location in the vicinity of J5 M25 Sevenoaks’. This statement has now been included in the ‘Highways England Route Strategies 2020-2025 consultation’. I have ensured that it is also included in the ‘KCC draft Local Transport Plan 4: Delivereing Growth without Gridlock 2016 – 2031’ which is currently out for consultation (see www.kent.gov.uk/localtransportplan).

We now have a sufficient economic case today aligned to the forecasted south east infrastructure development plan of tomorrow to take the slip roads campaign to the next stage with government – thanks to your continued support our case will eventually be recognised and approved for an overall improved quality of life for our folk in West Kent.

Tim Shaw – Member - TMBC – www.timshaw.info - J5-Slips.org
November 2016

Residents Meeting - Flooding

If you were unable to attend the flood meeting but wish to be kept up to date or join a residents group, please email the parish clerk on Ightham.clerk@btinternet.com

J5Slips and its impact on Ightham

J5Slips

Dear residents of Ightham within the West Kent Community.

Many residents of Ightham may not be familiar with the acronym J5Slips but they will be aware of the high volume of ‘rat – run’ traffic regularly passing through the village and the impact this has on safety to pedestrians and road users alike and the major but unseen problem of air quality particularly in the vicinity of the A25 and A227 stretches of the village. These issues are inextricably linked but sadly are shared by many other West Kent towns and villages.

J5Slips is an independent lobbying group, the objective of which is to achieve a significant improvement in the environmental conditions for the community in terms of health and safety and in particular air quality by, inter alia, building slip roads on the M25 at Junction 5. In essence the Group wishes to improve our environment bringing cleaner air to West Kent through growth without gridlock and thereby enhance the quality of life in the surrounding areas which includes Ightham.

About twenty five years ago when the M26 was built it was assumed, but as it turned out, quite wrongly that all its traffic would be able to exit at junction 5 to pick up the A21 and vice versa. The appropriate slip roads were not included and the problems this omission created have worsened considerably. Currently all areas along the A25, A227, A26 and A228 suffer from ever increasing volumes of traffic due to the fact that vehicles are unable to exit onto the A21 at Junction 5 where the M26 meets the M25. Freight and other vehicular traffic wishing to join the A21 invariably leave the M20 early and travel through local villages to reach their destination. The only alternative available to them is to stay on the motorway and exit at Junction 6 Godstone. They are therefore “forced” to short-cut through populated areas, past schools, shops and not least dwellings situated at the side of roads, many of which are often narrow and inherently dangerous.

Air pollution, particularly from diesel-powered vehicles is a serious health issue and many areas in West Kent including the A227 have air quality levels which exceed both UK, EU and World Health Organisation (W.H.O) safety targets. This problem could be ameliorated by building the slip roads at Junction 5 Sevenoaks as these would attract traffic away from the villages and at the same time make the roads just that little bit safer. There are obvious dangers when speeding vehicles short-cut through the village lanes and juggernauts pass through our village inches away from our pavements. Inevitably damage is or will be caused to our homes and the village infrastructure generally. The recent opening of the new hospital at Pembury has generated an increase in the level of emergency vehicles passing through Ightham and other villages on their way to or from Maidstone Hospital: a development which highlights the need for a supportive first class road infrastructure to which the J5 Slip (M26 / A21) roads would form an integral part.

The J5Slips Group has been instrumental in persuading Kent County Council and Highways England to carry out a ‘traffic - economic feasibility study’ of West Kent and, as mentioned, to enable the future construction of the “missing” slip roads to facilitate full connectivity of the M26 and the A21 at Junction 5 of the M25. It is a very laudable objective that merits everyone’s unconditional support. The J5Slips Group is a participating member of the Joint Parish Councils Traffic Consultative Group (Parishes within the Borough of Tonbridge and Malling) of which the Ightham Parish Council is an active member. It therefore requires the united and unequivocal support to this venture from everyone in the community.

Thanks to your support to the campaign for improving all our future lives in beautiful West Kent.

Tim Shaw – Local resident and Chair – J5-Slips.org
Winter 2016

Free Kitchen Caddy

Free Kitchen CaddyTonbridge & Malling Borough Council have a supply of kitchen caddies that can be provided free to residents.

Kitchen caddies are useful to help store food waste before putting it into your green-lidded bin. See www.recyclenow.com/facts-figures/how-it-recycled/food-waste for info. Please note we can only collect food waste that is loose, wrapped in paper bags or newspaper. Please do not use "compostable" plastic bags as these do not compost within the necessary times.

We are also able to supply an initial sample of paper liners with your caddy (together with details of where further supplies can be purchased, if required).

Kitchen caddies can be collected from any of the following locations. TMBC Offices Gibson Drive - Reception, Tonbridge Gateway, Hildenborough Parish Council Office, East Peckham Parish Council Office, Burham Parish Council Office, Aylesford Parish Council Office, Birling Parish Council Office, Ditton Parish Council Office

KCC Warden Volunteers - vacancy

On behalf of Kent County Council; Volunteer Support Warden vacancy

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, interested in their local community and enjoys engaging with people. You'll be friendly and happy to approach people. You'll be someone who is patient, a good listener and likes to make a difference to the people around you. You'll be keen to learn new skills. As a Volunteer Support Warden you'll work alongside the Community Warden getting to know your local community, making a difference to residents and creating resilient neighbourhoods.

The role will be challenging at times but rewarding and you'll be improving the well-being of the residents in your local area. You'll meet new people, learn new skills, gain valuable experience and provide important support to local residents.

We need volunteers in these areas:

  • - Borough Green and Wrotham
    - Bridge
    - Eastchurch
    - East Peckham
    - Farningham
    - Great Chart with Singleton
    - Lower Halstow
    - Paddock Wood
    - Sutton Valence
    - Swanscombe and Greenhithe
    - Wateringbury
    - Wittersham

Overview of the role

You'll support Community Wardens by identifying issues and feeding back to organisations including Trading Standards and the Police. You'll be talking to local residents and liaising with organisations including Neighbourhood Watch, Victim Support and fire services. You'll engage with local groups and meetings providing advice on topical issues. You'll provide local residents with crime prevention materials and advice to reduce their fear of crime.

Training will be provided with on-going mentoring with a Community Warden. As a volunteer you will not have accredited powers or be expected to handle sensitive information.

Ideally we'd like you to give 5 hours a week but there is no minimum requirement.

Requirements of the role

You'll need to be over 18 years old and you will use your life experience to help you to help others.

Working knowledge of your local area. We will require a criminal record (DBS) check, but don't worry if you don't have one as we will arrange and pay for this for you.

You don't need to be a car driver for the role as you'll be located in the community.

You will need to have access to the internet to enable you to receive messages and information.

We'll provide you with a uniform and we'll cover mileage and incurred travel expenses.

To apply go to: http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/community-safety/community-wardens/volunteer-support-warden-vacancy

Please go to the website for more information.

Change to bus service from the centre of the village to Bluewater, now every Tuesday

Tuesdays - Shopper bus service to Bluewater that starts in Ightham. It starts in the village at the bus stop outside the George & Dragon at 09:30 and takes approximately 45 minutes to get there. It runs via Culverstone & Meopham and then via the A2. It returns from Bluewater at 2pm. At the moment it runs every Wednesday but from the 14th of January it will run on Tuesdays instead of Wednesdays.

View the timetable here >>

 

 

 

How Roadworks are Managed - A short guide from the KCC

This short guide explains how Kent manages work to the highway and the pipes and cables below

and above it. It covers the basic legislation and how quality of the finished work is monitored. The

guide explains how Kent works within national legislation to minimise the impact of road works.

Download the leaflet here >>

 

Finding care is made easier in Kent

Care Choices The new 2015/16 Kent Care Services Directory is now available. The Directory is packed with useful editorial that explains all available care options and includes comprehensive listings of care providers for residential care or care in your own home. There is also guidance on paying for care and what financial assistance is available from the Government.

Robert Chamberlain, Publisher of the Care Choices Directories, comments 'When choosing care you should be armed with the most up-to-date information to help you decide which kind of care is most suitable, who will provide it and how it is to be funded. The Care Services Directory is an invaluable source of information for anyone considering long term care'.

If you want to speak to someone about care options, funding, accessing services or other care-related questions you may have, call this directory’s free helpline on 0800 38 92 077. The friendly operators can give you more information, talk through any queries and provide you with a shortlist of care homes, in your chosen location, that meet specific care needs.

To receive a free copy of the 2015/16 Kent Care Services Directory simply call Care Choices on 01223 207770.

It is also available in e-book format with a spoken word option via www.carechoices.co.uk

Love Where you Live - Take your litter home with you!


Love Where You Live

Have a great winter - Not a rubbish one. Take your litter home with you!

www.tmbc.gov.uk/LWYL

 

NHS Stroke Services

Opportunities to get involved and give your feedback…

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hospitals jointly provide acute stroke care and rehabilitation for patients from West Kent and north East Sussex. Reviews have shown that similar to many other hospitals, locally and nationally, we can greatly improve stroke outcomes for our patients and reduce long-term disability.

Our hospital clinicians and GP leads are currently developing higher standards of care for every patient we see. It is our aim to ensure all patients have access to dedicated stroke teams and treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We are involving our patients, the public and healthcare professionals in this important work over the coming months, using their knowledge and experience to help us build better stroke services. You can find out more about this online at www.mtw.nhs.uk

If you would like us to send you more information, or want to share your views and experiences with us on stroke care, to help shape these important improvements, you can:

Email us at: mtw-tr.myhealthcare@nhs.net

Write to us for free at:

Freepost RTKS – AKZZ - UCZZ Stroke Services, Room 118 Service Centre, Maidstone Hospital Hermitage Lane Maidstone, Kent ME16 9QQ

If you would like to speak to someone anonymously, you can contact Healthwatch Kent by telephone: 0808 801 0102 or email : info@healthwatchkent.co.uk

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What should I do in an Emergency? Advice on Flooding from KCC & the Kent Resilience Forum

What should I do in an EmergencyHomes and businesses across Kent are being urged to make sure they are ready for flooding this year.

In order to help residents and employers prepare for flooding the Kent Resilience Forum – made up of rescue services and local authorities – has published a handbook: “What should I do in an emergency?” while Kent County Council has created a one-stop online information point at www.kent.gov.uk/flooding

View Kent Resilience Forum's booklet here >>








Ightham Village Defibrillator

A Defibrillator has now been installed on the outside wall by the main door to the Village Hall. It is available for use by any member of the public with or without training from Thursday 4th December. It will be registered with South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) so that if someone calls 999 about a possible heart attack they can direct the caller to the defibrillator. Please contact Sarah Huseyin, Parish Clerk via ighthamclerk@btinternet.com if you would be interested in a small training group.

Drainage Systems

Highway drains help to keep water off the highway and make it safe for drivers and other road users. Kent Highways look after drains, ponds and lagoons, pumping stations and soakaways. They do not look after sewers, water leaks or ditches on private land. If you are concerned about flooding on a road make sure you let the right people know.

Please download this document about keeping drains clean and clear >>

Calling All Young Footballers - your local team needs you!!

Borough Green Junior Football Club are looking for players of all ages - but in particular for our Under 10s teams next season where we have two teams entered into the Crowborough League. We train on Tuesday evenings on the Wrotham School 3G Floodlit pitch, and have Level 1 & 2 FA Qualified coaches - Please contact the club via email - secretaryBGJFC@btinternet.com - visit our website - http://www.boroughgreenjuniorfc.co.uk or contact Peter Donovan on 07956 381 071 for a chat, more information and to organise a taster session.