Archaeological dig proposed for Windmill Lane development site and other July 2017 news.

Kent County Council’s Senior  Archaeological Officer Wendy Rogers has recommended to Maidstone Borough Council that a full archaeological investigation is done on the proposed site for 10 houses to the west of Windmill Lane. The site is accessed by a privately owned public footpath which is only 3 metres wide at the narrowest point. Hollingbourne Parish Council has already opposed the developments as have many local residents and the Village Hall Committee. The closing date for comments to Maidstone Borough Council is the 7th August 2017.

More details quoting 17/503118/FULL  are on the MBC website at http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/residents/planning/planning-application-search

The comments from KCC’s Archaeological Officer are at  17_503118_FULL-KCC_Archaeology-4044844.pdf (13 downloads)

Another planning application for which comments closed on 24th July is the application from Fernham Homes to build 12 houses on the east side of Eyhorne Street between Claygate and Godfrey House. A number of residents have expressed concerns about the landscaping, the traffic , and other infrastructure issues although Hollingbourne Parish Council reversed their previous opposition to the scheme at the July Parish Council meeting by a majority vote. More details are on the Maidstone Planning website as above where the reference number is 16/508650/FULL.

Also just received by the Hollingbourne Parish Council is an application for changes to the housing development in Musket Lane which is presently under construction. This was originally opposed by local residents, the Parish Council, and Maidstone Borough Council but permission was granted upon appeal. The reference number is 15/508307/FULL and the closing date for comments is 17th August. Details are on the MBC website as above.

Hollingbourne Parish Council is planning to move the method of sending out occasional news letters by e-mail from Outlook Express to Mail Chimp because Microsoft will shortly be withdrawing the Outlook Express product. If you would like to receive e-mails from the Parish Council from time to time about matters of local interest please contact the website by using the contact details for the webmaster on the Home Page.

The Anglo Saxon jewellery found in Hollingbourne that was purchased with a donation from Hollingbourne Parish Council is now at Maidstone Museum. The Women’s Institute has arranged a talk about the find by Samantha Harris, Collections Manager at 10.30am on 7th November at the Museum in Saint Faith’s Street in Maidstone. Places are limited and further details are available from Val Williams, Secretary of the WI at Tel 880382. More information about the find is at https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/768320

Maidstone Borough Council has launched surveys on Low Emissions and Air Quality. For more information please go to http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/council/have-your-say/current-consultations .  Hollingbourne already has an electric car charging point and will have no diesel engined bus service from next year and is not in an Air Quality Management Area although the M20 runs through the Parish. Details of these Areas are on the data accompanying the surveys.

As from August 2017 there are new arrangements for putting event and local organisation information in the Hollingbourne Parish Magazine. Please send your items by the 10th of each month to  hollingbourne.parish.magazine.editor@hotmail.com . If you require the information published on the village website please contact the webmaster using the contact details on the home page.

South Eastern Trains have advised Hollingbourne Parish Council that 81% of their customers are now satisfied with their service. You can read the full communication at  260717-NRPS-letter-v2.pdf (4 downloads) . Over the last year South Eastern Trains have repaired the lights in Station Lane and closed the village recycling site in the Lane. Ther ticket machine on the unmanned Hollingbourne Station is now working.

Former CEO of Leeds Castle, Mrs Victoria Wallace, and now CEO of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has featured in a number of media reports of the events to mark the centenary of the  start of the Battle of Passchendaele on 31st July 2017. The ceremonies started with the Last Post at the Menin Gate in Ypres the was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the King and Queen of the Belgians, and other dignitaries. Ypres was visited in 2014 by a party from Hollingbourne who visited over 20 of the memorials and one grave of those who are listed on the village war memorial. The town is 126 miles from Hollingbourne which is about the same distance away as the New Forest in Hampshire. Mrs Wallace continues to live locally.

Finally some pictures of the Leeds Castle and Hollingbourne Garden Society Summer Show in the Village Hall on 15th July that were taken by Beccy Stroud. The website of the Society is https://www.lchgardensociety.co.uk/ . The Autumn Show is on 23rd September 2017 which is the same day as the Safari Market organised by the Women’s Institute and the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust.