Hollingbourne Parish Council has learnt from Ms Jennifer Shepherd of Maidstone Borough Council that South Eastern Trains have given Maidstone Borough Council notice to quit the recycling site at the end of Station Lane. The site is well used and is the only one in the village and has been in place for many years. The date of closure is yet to be confirmed.
Hollingbourne Parish Council has consistently opposed the closure of the site which was initially proposed by Maidstone Borough Council in 2013. The Lane is frequently used for fly tipping and the Parish Council has frequently complained to South Eastern Trains about the unreliability of the street lights leading to the station as well as the maintenance of the grass verges. Mr Steve Bowen is the Station Manager for Hollingbourne.
The site was previously the responsibility of Network Rail who had no objection to the site but responsibility has recently been transferred to South Eastern Trains who would like the site removed. It is not apparent who will in future clear the fly tipping from the site and the rest of Station Lane as this has been done up to now by Maidstone Borough Council.
Pictured below is the recycling site which is popular with fly-tippers and which backs on to the Wealden Homes development of 14 houses in Godfrey Meadow.