Kent Police rural crime news and other April 2019 Hollingbourne news in brief – Updated through the month.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has received the latest newsletter from Kent Police about rural crime called Rural Matters and the latest CRAG newsletter which is written by members of the Rural Crime Team. 

The Rural Matters  newsletter can be downloaded at Rural-Matters-14.pdf (70 downloads)

The CRAG report written by local Police Officers can be downloaded at Crag-report-20th-March.pdf (62 downloads)


Kent County Council has published the results of their bus pilot scheme which will see the number 13 from Hollingbourne only going as far as Morrison’s on the Sutton Road where it will be necessary to change buses from June in order to get into Maidstone.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has received the following message

The results of the consultation have now been analysed and will be discussed at Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on Tuesday 19th March. I have attached a copy of the consultation report. The meeting will be webcast at and the Maidstone bus pilot will be discussed as part of Item 12.

Following formal approval to proceed to project implementation I will be in touch with the details of the next working group.

Kind regards,

Zoe Galvin | Management Stream – Kent Graduate Programme | Public Transport | Aylesford Highways Depot | Growth Environment & Transport | Kent County Council | St Michaels Close, Aylesford, ME20 7TZ |Internal: 412829 | External: 03000 412829 | | | @KGPGrads

The Maidstone Bus pilot scheme report can be downloaded at Maidstone-Bus-Pilot-Consultation-Report-v1.pdf (62 downloads)


The Heart of Kent Hospice which serves the Hollingbourne Area has asked the Parish Council to publicise their Sunflower Day at the beginning of June. Please read more for further information.

Heart of Kent Hospice

Sunflower Appeal

Our annual Sunflower Appeal provides friends and families with the chance to remember their loved ones by dedicating a sunflower marker in their memory.    We would like to invite you to come into the Hospice , (Preston Hall , Aylesford ME20 7PU)  from 11.00 am – 1.00 pm on Saturday 8th June to appreciate our garden and view the sunflower markers which will be blessed in a short service at 11.30 am.

The Sunflower Appeal is such an uplifting and positive way to remember the life of someone special  and by giving today you are ensuring the future of the Hospice  , allowing us to continue to support families coping with the loss of someone special.

Please consider dedicating a sunflower in memory of your loved ones. Dedications and donations can be made on line by visiting or by picking up a dedication form at one of our shops or at Hospice reception  or by calling us on 01622 790195.  We look forward to meeting you and sharing your memories on 8th June .  In the meantime if you require any help or support please do not hesitate to contact Claire Ashby, our Supporter Care Manager on 01622 790195 – email

Many thanks and kind regards,

Dorothy Gorman

Volunteer – Fundraising

Heart of Kent Hospice

Preston Hall, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7PU

Tel: 01622  790195



Local MP Mrs Helen Whately has referred local residents’ concerns about the closure of the M20 Junction 8 coastbound slip road for Operation Brock to Highways England. She has also been asked to comment on the number of accidents in the 13 mile contraflow section of the M20 between Junction 8 in Hollingbourne and Junction 9 at Ashford since the start of Operation Brock on 25th March.

The contraflow section has two lanes in both directions between barriers with no refuges. It is understood that the matter of Operation Brock safety will be raised in the House of Lords on 8th April. Operation Brock is necessary to store 2000 lorries awaiting Customs at Dover and Eurotunnel if the UK leaves the Customs Union after Brexit. Mrs Whately supports Brexit and leaving the EU Customs Union and her voting record on Brexit is at 

The closure of the Junction 8 slip road has meant that coastbound traffic from Junction 8 has to go back up the M20 to Junction 7 in order to come back down the motorway. The part two lane system from Junction 8 London bound to Junction 7 has also slowed access on to the M20 from the A20 given that coast bound traffic has to initially go with London traffic in a narrower motorway than previously. As well as there being no refuges on the contraflow side of the M20, there are no facilities for parked lorry drivers on the coastbound side of the M20 between Junction 8 and 9.

UPDATE after 12th April – Subsequent to the decision to delay Brexit until 31st October, the coastbound slip road at Junction 8 was reopened and most of the Operation Brock signage has been removed. Mrs Whately has also received an assurance that Operation Brock was safe and the letter from Highways England was separately published on this website on 17th April.

Pictured below is the sign stopping drivers from going coastbound from Junction 8.

The Junction 8 warning sign on the A20. During rush hours there are often queues on this section of the A20 as vehicles wait to get on the motorway in the morning and leave in the evening. The Hollingbourne Corner roundabout can be busy with local traffic plus vehicles coming from the direction of Ashford and others coming from the Weald via Leeds.


A temporary closure of the Pilgrim’s Way at Hollingbourne will happen on 5th May for two days. The official notice from KCC Highways is reproduced below. The information provided so far does not specify precisely where the road is to be closed.


Pilgrims Way, Hollingbourne


Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 – Section 14 (2)

Kent County Council gives notice that Pilgrims Way, Hollingbourne will be closed to through traffic, on or after 5 May 2019 for up to 2 Days.

The road will be closed at Pilgrims Way, Hollingbourne.

There is no alternative route. Every effort will be made to maintain access for residents whenever it is safe to do so.

The closure is necessary to enable Kent County Council to carry out carriageway repairs works.

This Notice applies when the relevant signs and barriers are on site, and is valid for a period of no more than 21 days.

Signed for and on behalf of the Kent County Council by Simon Jones, Director of Highways, Transportation & Waste, or by his authorised signatory Authorised signatory

Dated this 4th day of April 2019

Kent County Council, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ

Further ahead Eyhorne Street will be closed outside Godfrey House for 5 days from 26th May. More information is at see


Highways England are employing 80 traffic officers with a daily living allowance of £119 to manage Operation Brock in the event that the UK leaves the EU Customs Union after Brexit.  What is not clear is where they will be located and how the traffic will be managed so that the earliest arrivals on the M20 will be processed first by Customs and Dover and Eurotunnel. As and when the 13 mile section from Hollingbourne to Ashford is full of 2000 lorries, traffic will be diverted at Junction 7 of the M20 on to the A249 and then on to the M2 so that a further 6500 lorries can be stored at Manston Airport. When that is full the M26 will be closed for more lorry storage. The organisation of this may present logistical problems in order to organise a fair treatment of lorry drivers who may include thousands who will be expected to wait on the M20 and M26 where they will be no facilities.

In the event of a “no deal” Brexit it will be necessary to obtain an International Driving Permit at a cost of £5.50 and these may be purchased from the Post Office in W H Smith in Week Street in Maidstone and at the Post Office at Paydens the Chemists on the Ashford Road in Bearsted. Drivers in the EU will also require a “green card” from their motor insurer and some medical insurance as the EHIC card will no longer be valid. No visas will be required to visit France.


CCTV cameras have been installed at the entrance to the Fernham Homes housing development in Eyhorne Street following a number of thefts from the site. The Parish Council has noted that there has been a recent spate of minor property thefts in the area and residents are advised to make sure that their sheds in particular are fully secured.


Hollingbourne Parish Council has been advised that long term Hollingbourne resident Dudley Wright, formerly of Snagbrook House, has moved to Sittingbourne however it has not been possible to confirm this. The Vincent family, the new owners of Snagbrook House, have recently applied for planning permission for an agricultural building close to Manor Lane. Mr Wright attended the May 2018 Parish Council meeting with Mr Vincent following national media coverage of the sale of Snagbrook House.

Pictured below is Dudley Wright.

Dudley Wright on a Hollingbourne trip to Templeuve in 2014.


Hollingbourne Meadows Trust has complained to Maidstone Borough Council about the unexpected removal of trees and possible nesting sites from the housing development currently being built by Fernham Homes in Eyhorne Street. The Environment Agency may also be involved.The matter is currently under discussion and local MBC Councillor Patrik Garten has become involved. More information may follow in due course.

Pictured below is the hedge at the back of the Fernham Homes site which adjoins Hollingbourne Meadows Trust land (top) and (bottom) is a general view of the broken hedge and Godfrey Meadow with the light blue Godfrey House Goat accommodation in the distance.

The broken hedge at the rear of the Fernham Homes site in April 2019.
The stile into Godfrey Meadow at the rear of the Fernham Homes site in April 2019.


The broken bench in Eyhorne Street between the railway arch and Snagbrook House has been removed and will be replaced in due course. A number f people have contacted the Parish Council regarding the loss of the bench. Hollingbourne Parish Council has arrangements in hand to do this. It may be moved slightly because of the construction of a drive in for Snagbrook Oast. Up to now the Oast has shared a drive with Snagbrook House.

Pictured below is the site of the bench which has been converted into a drive in.

The site of the former bench in Eyhorne Street between the railway arch and the war memorial in April 2019.


Hilary’s Thursday Morning Pilates Classes in the Village Hall will end this summer as the Village Hall will be used for the Harrietsham Pre School Play Group from September. The position of other day time users of the Village Hall including the Short Mat Bowls Club, the Bourne Musicians, All Saints’ Church, and others is unclear.

Pictured below is Hollingbourne Village Hall at the rear of the Windmill PH.

Hollingbourne Village Hall in Windmill Lane which is located in the Eyhorne Street Conservation Area of Hollingbourne.