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 and Headcorn Opticians to Headcorn
The Village has seen new shop openings already this year, including Famiy Funeral Service and Headcorn Opticians. Please make them welcome!
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 defibrillators installed.
Two new community defibrillators have been installed, one at Headcorn Fire Station and the other at the Village Hall. One was kindly donated by the Weald of Kent Rotary Club and property developer Creast Nicholson.
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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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SNOW! 27 Feb 2018
New Opticians to Open
Headcorn Opticians will be opening its doors for the first time on Saturday 3rd February! They will be offering a wide range of services including eye testing and a Hearing Care service. PLUS they will be having a launch party on Saturday 10th Feb with goody-bags, information leaflets, drinks and nibbles.