19 May 2020
Retrospective planning permission sought for extension and summer house
at 3 Kingsland Cottages, Kingsland Lane
Retrospective planning applications have been made for a single-storey flat roof rear extension and for a single storey timber summer house at 3 Kingsland Cottages, Kingsland Lane. The closing date for comments is 11 June 2020. Full details may be viewed here (extension - search for application number 20/00606/AS) and here (summer house - search for application number 20/00607/AS)
13 May 2020
Tip bookings open today
Further to our email of 6 May (below), the KCC have confirmed that their Waste & Recycling Centres will open on Friday and that, from 11am today, a new online booking system will open for people wanting to visit. People can book a slot either online by phone on 03000 417373.
Four time slots are available each day between 9am and 3pm to allow social distancing:
- 9am to 10:30am
- 10:45am to 12pm
- 12:15pm to 1pm
- 1:45pm to 3pm.
Once bookings are complete, a reference number will be sent to you via email which you must take with you.
Each household will be restricted to just one trip each month to ensure everyone can use the site safely.
SLRA has tried to test the online booking system as soon as it opened. On the third attempt we managed to get into a queue with over 6,500 others in front of us!
6 May 2020
Tip to re-open on 15 May
The KCC Waste and Recycling Centre will re-open in a closely managed way on 15 May. Only one booked visit every four weeks will be allowed and strict rules will be in place.
The following details have just been posted on KCC’s website:
From next Friday, Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will open to the public for essential use.
On Wednesday, May 13, people will be able to book a slot to use one of the county’s 18 HWRCs which closed on March 23 as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.
People can book a slot either online or by phone for the opening on Friday, May 15 – details on how to book will be released next week.
KCC Cabinet Member for Environment Susan Carey said: “I know how valued our waste and recycling sites are to the people of Kent and I am immeasurably proud of the work our waste team has put in to getting these sites reopened.
“The booking system, which was developed by Medway Council, is crucial to ensure we can keep visitor numbers at a level where social distancing can be maintained and minimise queuing.
“Our focus over the last few weeks has been in ensuring kerbside collections provided by district and borough councils continued, and our teams were redeployed to support those crews.
“Kerbside collections across Kent are now all, or about to be, fully reinstated by the districts and boroughs, including garden waste services.”
The sites will be open to the public between 9am and 3pm to allow for enhanced cleaning.
Most sites will be open seven days a week and will accept all types of waste including chargeable items.
Susan added: “Government advice is that residents should continue temporarily storing their waste at home, if they can do so in a way that doesn’t pose a risk to their health.
“If, however, waste and recycling cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury, health or harm, please book a trip to your local HWRC.”
Residents can only book one trip in any four-week period to allow all residents to have access to sites and must follow social distancing guidelines.
Social distancing proved impossible to maintain prior to closure as visitor numbers topped 800 visits a day.
KCC operates 18 HWRCs, providing facilities for the recycling and disposal of more than 30 different types of waste.
Visitors to the site will be limited to help us manage social distancing. The number of bookings for each site will vary depending on the size of each site.
You can only access the sites by booking an appointment. The quickest way to book is online.
You can only book one trip in any four-week period. This is to enable all residents to. have fair access to our sites.
If you want to drive a restricted vehicle to a Kent council site you’ll still need to apply for a vehicle voucher. https://www.kent.gov.uk/waste-planning-and-land/rubbish-and-recycling/vehicle-restrictions-and-vouchers. Restricted vehicles are not allowed to tow a trailer.
Bookings will only be accepted from residents in Kent/Medway.
You should not try to book a visit if you have symptoms of Covid-19, if you are part of a household undertaking 14-day isolation or if you someone who is in the shielded category.
Arriving at the site
If you booked online you must bring your proof of booking email, either a printed copy or displayed on your phone. If you booked over the phone, bring the booking reference number we gave you when you made your booking. To reduce infection risk your car windows should remain closed when showing proof to staff.
You must attend the site within your booking slot. If you miss your slot, you may not be allowed to use the site. We suggest you stagger your entry times within your booked slot, as we are expecting a high demand for the service.
Social distancing and safety
You will need to observe the social distancing measures when visiting the sites. Site staff will not be able to offer their usual assistance to help unload and dispose of waste.
A maximum of two people can leave each vehicle to dispose of bulky items without site staff help. However, if you do not have bulky items to dispose of, only one person can leave the vehicle to dispose of waste.
Traffic management will be in place at all sites. Some sites may also block off every other parking bay so that customers and staff can keep to social distancing guidelines. Site staff will direct you.
You will not be allowed onto the compactor platforms when a member of staff is operating the machines.
You will need to follow site guidance, and this may include wearing gloves and masks. If you wear either gloves or masks, you’ll need to take them home for disposal to avoid the risk of cross contamination.
We ask that visitors to the HWRCs are patient as we all get used to this new way of using the sites. The restrictions are in place for everyone’s protection. If you do not follow site rules you may be asked to leave the site. Security will be in place at the sites. Please be aware that site security includes Automatic Number Plate Recognition, CCTV and body-worn cameras.
The site may need to close temporarily for cleaning with no warning.
If you need to dispose of waste contaminated with coronavirus this should be carried out at kerbside. If this is not possible then you need to double bag the material and store this securely for 72 hours before bringing it to the site.
21 April 2020
Planning permission granted for extension at Pangbourne, 69 Sandyhurst Lane
Planning permission was granted on 20 April 2020 for the erection of a two storey rear extension at Pangbourne, 69 Sandyhurst Lane. Full details may be viewed here (search for case number 20/00259/AS).
21 April 2020
M20 re-surfacing slips by a year
The SLRA has been campaigning for many years to have the M20 between junctions 8 and 9 re-surfaced with "quiet" tarmac. With the help of our MP, Damian Green, in 2017 we extracted a commitment by Highways England to include these works in their budgeted plans for 2021/22.
Since then we have continued to take every opportunity to keep the pressure on. Most recently, Damian Green wrote again to the Highways Agency seeking assurances that the works were still programmed. The reply, received today, shows that they are, but that the timescale has slipped by one year; the re-surfacing is now scheduled for 2022/23.
This is perhaps not too surprising, given the present Covid-19 lockdown and the extreme economic pressures which will result. Nevertheless, we shall continue to press for this work at every opportunity.
The letter from the Highways Agency may be viewed here.
18 April 2020
New signs erected in Sandyhurst Lane
Further to the news item yesterday (below), John Hobbs has kindly erected the new signs today. One is near the Hare & Hounds and the other opposite Lenacre Street (see pictures).
17 April 2020
Speeding traffic in Sandyhurst Lane
The Covid-19 lockdown means that there is much less traffic on the roads. It also means that individuals and families in our area are taking their daily local exercise in Sandyhurst Lane and the surrounding area. This has resulted in complaints that the quiet roads are encouraging some drivers to speed along the Lane and endanger those who are using the Lane for exercise.
Because of its relatively good safety record, we have yet to persuade KCC to consider speed management measures in the Lane, though our efforts continue. Meanwhile in the current emergency, thanks to SLRA committee member John Hobbs, Director of Medash Signs Ltd, signs will be erected tomorrow at each end of Sandyhurst Lane, calling on drivers to slow down and reminding them that families are exercising in the Lane.
15 April 2020
Planning permission granted for extension and car port at Cumberland,
Planning permission was granted on 14 April 2020 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). Full details may be viewed here (search for case number 20/00203/AS).
Several objections had been made by local residents and Westwell Parish Council, with particular reference to the proposed car port. The conditions attached to the permission includes the following:
The area shown on the approved "proposed ground floor plan & front garden/driveway layout" plan as vehicle parking space/driveway and car port shall be retained for the use of the occupiers of, and visitors to, the development, and no permanent development, whether or not permitted by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (or any Order revoking and re-enacting that Order), shall be carried out on that area of land so shown or in such a position as to preclude vehicular access to this reserved parking space.
Planning permission granted for extension at 136a Sandyhurst Lane
Planning permission was granted on 8 April 2020 for the erection of a single storey rear extension and installation of rear rooflights at 136a Sandyhurst Lane. Full details may be viewed here (search for case number 20/00254/AS).
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
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
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
ontrary 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
n 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
ermission 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,
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: email@example.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
n 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.
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