2 April 2020

Planning permission sought for extension at Hookstead, Faversham Road

A planning application has been made for the erection of a two storey rear extension, rooflights to side elevation, single storey link and double garage with room over at Hookstead, Faversham Road. This is a revision to planning permission 19/00273/AS. The closing date for comments is 25 April 2020. Full details may be viewed here (search for case number 20/00435/AS).




2 April 2020

Planning permission sought for extensions at Heskyn, 11 Sandyhurst Lane

A planning application has been made for the erection of side and rear extensions; loft conversion with hip to gable extension, dormer window to side / rear and roof lights, demolition of existing conservatory and replacement garden room to side and landscape alterations including driveway extension to the front of the property at Heskyn, 11 Sandyhurst Lane. The closing date for comments is 25 April 2020. Full details may be viewed here (search for case number 20/00426/AS).



24 March 2020

Tip closed

Given that trips to the tip are not on the list of permitted outings during the current Covid19 pandemic restrictions, members will not be surprised to know that the KCC Waste & Recycling Centre is closed.

Normal waste and recycling collections will continue as usual.


20 March 2020

Planning permission granted for extensions at Kingsland Grove, Kingsland Lane

Planning permission was granted on 19 March 2020 for the erection of single storey side and rear extensions at Kingsland Grove, Kingsland Lane. Full details may be viewed here (search for case number 20/00163/AS).


19 March 2020

Covid19: SLRA to set up network of volunteer helpers

During the Covid19 health restrictions, the SLRA has asked its members for volunteers willing to help those in high-risk groups who may need assistance. Details of helpers will be circulated to members, but will not be published here or elsewhere.


19 March 2020

Bus passes

Kent County Council has this morning announced that older and disabled bus passes can now be used before 9.30am.

The full details on their website are as follows:

Older and disabled people will be able to use their bus passes before 9.30am, Kent County Council has announced. The passes will be able to be used on services provided by Stagecoach, Arriva, Go Coach, Redroute Buses and Nu-Venture.

Holders of a senior citizen and disabled bus pass were previously able to travel for free on buses after 9.30am, but following discussions with these operators, this condition has been removed.

KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Michael Payne said: “I’m very grateful to Stagecoach, Arriva, Go Coach and Nu-Venture who have worked with Kent Highways and Transport to extend the use of the bus pass on their services before 9.30am. “This is something that will be extremely helpful during a time when some shops are opening early specifically for the older generation to support them during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “Our public transport team is working hard to extend this to other operators in the coming days. “This change will come into force tomorrow morning (Thursday) and I’m very happy that we have been able to support those in our community during this period of disruption.”

Kent County Council has a statutory duty to provide passes for free bus travel throughout England for older and disabled people under the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS). Over 250,000 people in the county have a bus pass, with around 227,000 for older people and 22,000 for disabled people.



10 March 2020

Permission refused to fell protected trees

Contrary to the published decision of 2 March 2020 (see news item of 3 March 2020 below), which appears to have been published in error, Ashford Borough Council has now published a decision to refuse the application to fell three larch trees which are subject to a Tree Preservation Order at Crossways, Maidstone Road. The decision is now in accordance with the recommendation by the Council's Interim Tree Officer. Full details may be viewed here. (search for application number 20/00028/TP).





5 March 2020

SLRA AGM postponed

In view of the coronavirus issue, the SLRA committee has decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting, which was to be held at Sandyacres on 25 March. Whilst we are probably taking an over-cautious course of action, we believe it is a responsible one in the current circumstances, given the logistics of making the necessary arrangements for the meeting. We hope to re-schedule the AGM in the Autumn.





3 March 2020

Permission granted to fell protected trees

Permission was granted on 2 March 2020 to fell three larch trees which are subject to a Tree Preservation Order at Crossways, Maidstone Road. The decision was made despite a recommendation by the Council's Interim Tree Officer to refuse the application. Full details may be viewed here. (search for application number 20/00028/TP).





28 February 2020

Planning permission sought for extension at 136a Sandyhurst Lane

A planning application has been made for the erection of a single storey rear extension and installation of rear rooflights at 136a Sandyhurst Lane. The closing date for comments is 22 March 2020. Full details may be viewed here (search for case number 20/00254/AS).



28 February 2020

Planning permission sought for extension and car port at Cumberland,
Westwell Lane


A planning application has been made for the erection of a first floor extension & car port to the front of Cumberland, Westwell Lane including works to create a driveway (part retrospective). The closing date for comments is 22 March 2020. Full details may be viewed here (search for case number 20/00203/AS).



27 February 2020

Planning permission sought for extension at Pangbourne, 69 Sandyhurst Lane

A planning application has been made for the erection of a two storey rear extension at Pangbourne, 69 Sandyhurst Lane. The closing date for comments is 21 March 2020. Full details may be viewed here (search for case number 20/00259/AS).



20 February 2020

Defibrillator awareness information

Further to our news item of 14 February (below) on the defibrillator awareness sessions to be hosted by Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council, an information sheet about the sessions may be viewed here and posters about the sessions may be viewed here (Iron Room, 28 February) and here (Goat Lees Community Hall, 17 April).


14 February 2020

Advance notice of closure of Sandyhurst Lane

Yet again, contractors for South East Water are planning to dig up Sandyhurst Lane and this will necessitate closure of the Lane to through traffic, in the region of number 148, from 12 to 16 March 2020. Local access to the remainder of Sandyhurst Lane will continue from either direction up to where the road is actually closed. The alternative route for through traffic is via A20 Maidstone Road, Drovers Roundabout, Fougeres Way, Junction 9 Interchange, A251 Trinity Road and Faversham Road back to Sandyhurst Lane.

The closure is to enable repair works to be carried out following earlier excavations, being carried out by Clancy Docwra working with South East Water. Due to the nature of these works, it will not be possible to re-open the road outside the working hours. There is a slight chance that the works may over-run for unforeseen reasons such as adverse weather conditions or engineering difficulties.

The South East Water 24-hour phone number is 0333 000 0247, website www.southeastwater.co.uk.

A copy of the Public Notice may be viewed here and the diversion route here.  

The most up to date information on these works can be found here.



14 February 2020

Defibrillator awareness sessions

Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council are hosting Defibrillator Awareness Sessions:

  Iron Room, Friday 28th February at 6 pm
  Goat Lees Community Hall, Friday 17th April at 6.15 pm

Sessions are identical and last up to two hours.

Booking is essential: to book your (free) place contact the Parish Clerk: boughtoneastwellclerk@gmail.com or 07419 740559.

Further details on the BA&E Parish Council website here.


8 February 2020

Planning permission sought for extensions at Kingsland Grove, Kingsland Lane

A planning application has been made for the erection of single storey side and rear extensions at Kingsland Grove, Kingsland Lane. The closing date for comments is 1 March 2020. Full details may be viewed here (search for case number 20/00163/AS).




4 February 2020

Advice on prevention of the spread of Coronavirus

Public Health England has published a website giving guidance on the prevention of the spread of coronavirus and what to do if you have returned from China in the last 14 days and feel unwell. The website may be viewed here.


30 January 2020

Permission sought to fell protected trees

An application has been made to fell three larch trees which are currently subject to a Tree Preservation Order at Crossways, Maidstone Road. Full details may be viewed here. (search for application number 20/00028/TP).





10 January 2020

Planning permission granted for extension at Mayfield, 31 Sandyhurst Lane

Planning permission was granted on 9 January 2020 for a single storey rear extension at Mayfield, 31 Sandyhurst Lane. Full details may be viewed here (search for case number 19/01522/AS).


8 January 2020

M20 barrier to be removed

The steel barrier on the London bound carriageway between junctions 9 and 8 of the M20 is to be removed.

Work will start on Monday 13 January at 10 pm, when the entire M20 between junctions 9 and 7 will be closed overnight until 6 am on Tuesday. Subsequently, the London bound carriageway only will be closed overnight for 16 nights.

This means until 30 January, presumably unless the work is completed more quickly.



2 January 2020

Advance notice of 10k run

The annual 10k run is scheduled to take place at 10.30 am on Sunday 2 February 2020.

As last year, the new organisers, Sporting Events UK, are holding the event based at the Towers School; it is no longer held at Sandyacres.

The published route (see here) shows that:

  - the race will start and finish in Lenacre Street, near the junction with Sandyhurst Lane
  - the whole of Lenacre Street and Kingsland Lane will be affected
  - access to Westwell village will be restricted
  - the race will NOT be routed along Sandyhurst Lane, but significant pedestrian traffic will be present
    particularly between Faversham Road and Lenacre Street

Last year, official KCC road closure notices were effective between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm.

Details of the event on the organiser's website may be seen here.

hearing has been changed from 12 to 19 November 2019.
Sandyhurst Lane
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Protecting the rural character of Sandyhurst Lane and the adjoining area


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