South East Water yesterday failed for the second scheduled time to repair the road at the corner of Tilefields and Eyhorne Street. Originally the repairs were fixed for 14th May and Tilefields residents received a letter on 12th May informing them that there would be temporary traffic lights in place on 14th May while the repairs to the road were done. The 14th May came and went and the repairs were not done and the Parish Council was advised that the work would be done on 21st May. Nothing happened and as soon as a revised date is announced by South East Water and KCC Highways then this news item will be updated.
South East Water are also due to attend to the dirty water seepage from a water meter installation on the pavement at the end of the Windmill Lane public footpath.
KCC Highways have confirmed to the Hollingbourne Parish Council that work will start on 31st May regarding the overflowing water gulley outside of Godfrey House. It is understood that although temporary traffic lights will be it will not be necessary to close the road.
Southern Water are yet to fix a date for the repairs to the “clanking manhole” which is outside of Godfrey House. It is understood that the road will have to be closed for the duration of the repairs.
Pictured below is the junction of Tilefields and Eyhorne Street (B2163/C603) where the repairs ae due to take place.
Other local news.
On the night of 17th and 18th May thieves broke into the Windmill and Sugar Loaves Public Houses in Eyhorne Street and attempted to steal the tills and other items. Also on the same night a dead fox with a message was left outside a property in Upper Street. As the message was not addressed to anybody in Upper Street with the names mentioned in the message, it is assumed that the fox was delivered to the wrong address. Kent Police have been informed about all of these incidents.
Shepherd Neame are offering the Ringlestone Inn which closed in March for sale at auction via Clive Emson Auctioneers. The public house which dates from 1533 is on the road which leads from the top of Hollingbourne Hill towards Harrietsham and Wormshill. The reported guide price is £320,000.
No date has been set for the reopening of the former Stone Hair Salon in Eyhorne Street as a barber’s shop. The building is currently being redecorated.
Following the departure of the Reverend Steve Hughes, the Otham based Team Vicar and Rural Dean at the end of August, the Hollingbourne based Team Vicar, the Reverend Paul Kite will assume temporary additional responsibility for the Parishes of Leeds and Broomfield with Kingswood. Steve Hughes is moving to Carmarthenshire with his wife who is taking up a new appointment in the area with the NHS. The North Downs Benefice will be advertising the vacancy in due course.