Other October News in brief.
Local resident and nationally known disc jockey Dave Cash has died at the age of 74 on 21st October. He lived in Sandhurst on the Ashford Road near to the Parkgate Inn. Although nationally known and a BBC Radio Kent broadcaster as well he maintained a local profile in the village.
The Hollingbourne based Elite Pubs who operate the Dirty Habit gastropub in Upper Street are to open a new pub called The Potted Garden on the Sutton Road in Langley on 19th November. The Dirty Habit and the the other two pubs in Hollingbourne village are are all offering special steak deals on Tuesday nights. The Sugar Loaves in Eyhorne Street is offering two steak meals for £22.95 while the Michelin rated Windmill by Richard Philips, also in Eyhorne Street has a more expensive stteak offer which includes wine.
Christopher Rudgard has announced that he plans to stop running the Village Shop in Eyhorne Street at the end of Martch 2017 and that discussions with Shula Lee are being held with a view to Shula taking over the management of the shop. She has worked with Christopher for a number of years.
Southern Water are yet to announce the date for completion for the work to improve the village sewerage system under the Grove Mill pond. They have already relined the pipe into Hasteds but are yet to finalise their plans for upgrading the system which requires frequent jetting via a manhole in Hasteds in order to avoid backflows. Sarah Feasey of Southern Water has advised the Parish Council as follows: I understand our contractors began on site earlier this week. Unfortunately however, the team encountered several complications so they have been pulled off site to consider an alternative method of repair. As discussed when we attended your parish council meeting, the sewer runs under a large pond / lake, so we need to ensure we get the repair right.
KCC Highways are yet to confirm that they have resolved the surface water drainage problem around Tanyard Green which causes local flooding after heavy rain. This particular problem has been an issue since the middle of 2015. Hollingbourne Parish Council has opposed new development in the village on a number of occasions in recent years because of the lack of infrastructure and known probblems with sewerage backflow and surface water drainage. Maidstone Borough Council has consistently ignored these concerns.
Mr Norman Kemp of Nu Venture buses has contacted Hollingbourne Parish Council to ask for more people to use their local service 13 to Maidstone which also serves Leeds and Langley as KCC are expected to reveiew the cost of subsidising local buses and there is a worry that the Hollingbourne service might be at risk if more people do not use it. This will leave the village without any bus services although Stagecoach will continue to run a Maidstone to Ashford service with a stop at Hollingbourne Corner on the A20. At one time there was also a bus service from Hollingbourne to Sittingbourne. Mr Kemp is expected to attend the Parish Council Meeting on at 7.30pm on 14th November in the Cardwell Pavilion.
Pictured below is a Nu Venture bus in Maidstone.