Persimmon Homes' Grigg Lane housing estate gets approval by MBC. 30 Nov
MBC has APPROVED the new development in Grigg Lane. There was an admission that there is "permeability" of pedestrian links between the site and Sharp's Field and Locks Yard but that whether that happens apparently depends upon the Parish Council who own the strip of land which currently blocks access. HPC have confirmed "they will never sell Spires Ash and if connectivity is agreed it will be footway only".
There were excellent speeches by Dr Kerr and Bridget Dungey to express compelling reasons for rejection but which were ignored because the site is already in MBC's local plan - and because Highways simply can't acknowledge the transport impact. Borough Councillor Prendergast spoke of her concerns about connectivity and transport. Borough councillor Round also expressed concern, but he commended the developer on their improved plans for the site.
Welcome Family Funeral Service to Headcorn High Street 4 Jan 2018
Say hello to Family Funeral Service who have just opened their premises in Headcorn High Street. This is Jo who is one of the funeral directors. It has been running for
25 years by Michael Lawrence and his family, and they also
have premises in Bearsted and Barming. They are open each
day 9am-5pm, but there is an out of hours service if needed.
Shop signage will be completed very soon.
Headcorn's Neighbourhood Plan Nov 2017
MBC has been responsible for delays to Headcorn's Neighbourhood plan but had agreed to work with the Parish to try to progress it. Begun in late 2012 it is currently stalled before reaching referendum stage. The principle of it is that this community should decide on how it grows, in accordance with the concept of Localism. No signs of when any further progress will be made.
Headcorn in the News
Recently in the Kent Messenger:
New village defibrillator installed. 19 June 2017
This week a new community defibrillator was installed at Headcorn Fire Station. This was kindly donated by the Weald of Kent Rotary Club and property developer Creast Nicholson.
Please be aware you do NOT need to be trained to use this - instructions are provided in use.
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A fabulous Headcorn view. Click to enlarge. Taken September 2015.
And another from July 2017.
© Jane Armstrong 2013
Meet your village shopkeepers...
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Southern Water Sewer Maintenance 9 Jan 2018
From Headcorn Flood Forum: advance notice of sewer maintenance. A Southern Water heavy jetting lorry will be visiting these roads on or around 5th March. You will need to keep roads clear to avoid them abandoning the work through lack of access. A reminder will be posted nearer the time too and signage should be placed in the locations.
Headcorn has Best Head Teacher in Kent
The Kent Messenger's annual
Teacher of the Year Awards 2017 recognised
that here in Headcorn we are fortunate
enough to have the Best Head Teacher
in the County.
Congratulations to Sarah Symonds.
Headcorn Flood Action Group meets with Agencies to address flood risk questions 9 Nov
Yesterday evening the Flood Action Group hosted its first
meeting with representatives from Southern Water, Kent
County Council, the Environment Agency and Maidstone
Borough Council. The various authoroties were asked a
range of questions relating to flooding issues in
Headcorn Village. Each question was answered and there
will be a follow up meeting in January 2018. A few important
points worth noting:
The meeting was constructive and it was evident that there was willingness to assist the community, where possible.
Guarantees were given that new developments would not make flooding in the village any worse.
The Authorities agreed to conduct a 'walkover' around the village with a representative of the Flood Action Group to discuss known issues.
There are no guarantees that existing flood risk (not associated with new development) can be reduced, altough important maintenance issues are being addressed in the short term.
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Community Policing Volunteers 10 Jan 2018
Kent Police is looking for volunteers to play a new role in community policing.
Community Policing Volunteers are being recruited as part of a pilot scheme in the West Division which includes Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.
The scheme is open to all adults aged 18 or above who are able to commit to 16 hours a month and interested in contributing to their local community as a volunteer.
They will wear a uniform and support their local Community Safety Units by providing additional visibility and accessibility and improving the communication flow to the police and back to the community.
Applicants will need to successfully pass a fitness test and provide a medical certificate to confirm they are in good health to perform an active role.
Volunteers will work as part of a team to reduce crime and the fear of crime and to promote community safety. They will have a number of duties including supporting police officers; responding to the needs of communities and supporting victims.
They will play a vital role in solving local problems and gathering useful evidence about criminal activity and anti-social behaviour (ASB).
Recruitment has just started and closes on 26 January 2018. Interviews for those shortlisted will take place during February and training will start at the end of April which will take place over five weekends over a 10 week period.