New litter and dog waste bin for the Millennium Green and other August 2019 Hollingbourne news in brief – Updated through the month.

An additional litter and dog waste bin has been installed by Maidstone Borough Council at the entrance to the Millennium Green at the request of Hollingbourne Parish Council. Other bins are located on Eyhorne Green, Tanyard Green, the end of Station Lane, close to Hollingbourne CP School, and Church Walk as well as on the land belonging to the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust which is used by an estimated 100 dog walkers every day.

Pictured below is Fudge checking out the new bin.


Over 70 people attended the funeral of long term Hollingbourne resident Fred Lucette on 19th August at the Vinters Park Crematorium. He died at the age of 79 after a long illness on 30th July. Tributes were paid to Fred by members of his family who shared their memories of him with the congregation as a gardener and keen fisherman. A wake followed at the Sugar Loaves PH in Eyhorne Street where Fred often enjoyed a beer before his illness.


KCC Highways are yet to respond to concerns raised by Hollingbourne Parish Council about the width of Eyhorne Street (B2163/C603) at the entrance to the new Fernham Homes development. A number of vehicles have been seen mounting the pavement in order to pass vehicles coming in the opposite direction and earlier this year a lamp post was badly damaged. The road width has been measured at 5.2 metres whereas the recommended minimum width for such a road as Eyhorne Street is 5.5 metres. As a guide most large lorries are 2.6 metres wide excluding their wing mirrors which means that regular problems can be expected at the entrance to Brickfields Close which Fernham Homes are launching for sale on 14th September. No prices have been announced.

Additionally Hollingbourne Parish Council has been made aware of number of parked cars being damaged by passing vehicles in the Upper Street and Eyhorne Street Conservation areas. It has been suggested by local MBC Councillor Patrik Garten that any affected residents should advise KCC Highways of the matter.

Pictured below is the section of the Eyhorne Street in question with the Fernham Homes development on the right.

The entrance to Berickfields Close in Hollingbourne – August 2019. The lamp post on the left was damaged beyond repair at the start of 2019 and the new one is yet to be painted black.


Kent Association of Local Councils has forwarded Hollingbourne Parish Council details of a public consultation on the NHS in Kent and in particular on cancer care. Please Read More for further information.

Our plans for the future: Bringing the NHS Long Term Plan to life in Kent and Medway

Medicine and healthcare never stop changing and getting better. New ways of delivering care are continually being developed in the UK and across the world.

The NHS Long Term Plan, published in January, sets out an exciting and inspiring vision for the future of healthcare during the next 10 years.

It has been developed by doctors, nurses, patients and families. Ambitious but realistic, the plan sets out the areas the NHS wants to make better and deliver better care that our communities want and need – now and into the future.

At the plan’s heart, there are three core aims to:
• make sure everyone gets the best start in life
• deliver world-class care for major health problems
• support people to age well.

There is a clear vision for how care needs to change and the priority areas for advances with a focus of delivering world-class care for major health problems. Areas of focus include:

• giving everyone the best start in life through better maternity services and joining up services from birth to age 25, particularly improving care for children with long-term conditions like asthma, epilepsy and diabetes, with better mental health support in schools and colleges
• faster and better diagnosis, treatment and care for the most common killers, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and lung disease, improving survival rates
• supporting families and individuals with mental health problems, making it easier to access talking therapies and transforming how the NHS responds to people experiencing a mental health crisis
• faster and appropriate care in the community and in care homes to prevent avoidable admissions for frail and older people.

Have your say now
It’s our job to develop a five-year plan that sets out how to bring these ambitions to life in Kent and Medway. While it’s an NHS plan, it’s vital that we work together with social care and you can read our joint response to the national plan here.

Whether you are NHS staff, a patient or a member of the public, you are involved in helping to shape what the plan means for your area.

The wealth of local feedback we already have on how health and care services need to improve will feed into this plan, alongside targeted engagement on areas we need to focus on.

Our Kent and Medway five year plan and an easy read summary will be published following NHS England review and approval at the end of the year. Engagement with stakeholders across Kent and Medway will continue beyond the publication of the plan.

We are running a range of engagement activities to raise awareness of the work, test our thinking and help shape the plan and our local priorities. There will be a series of events of public events in September. Dates for these will be published shortly.

There are lots of ways you can get involved. Below you’ll find details of two surveys where we are seeking your views, on cancer services, children’s services.

Tell us what you think of cancer care

The NHS Long Term Plan made a commitment to improving cancer care, diagnosis and survival rates by 2028.

We are working hard to improve cancer services in Kent and Medway. We know there is still work to do to make sure we get things right for every person diagnosed with cancer. We also want to make sure the people helping someone through cancer diagnosis and treatment feel supported.

If you have had cancer, are having treatment for cancer, or have cared for someone with cancer, please let us know how we can improve services in Kent and Medway by completing our survey. If you would like an alternative version of this survey, please email

You can read more about how we are meeting the Long Term Plan ambitions for cancer services on our webpage. Survey closes on Friday, 13 September.


The Kent Association of Local Councils has advised Hollingbourne Parish Council that there will be a National Recycling Week from 23rd to 29th September 2019. More information is to follow.


Eight members of the Hollingbourne WI will be performing with the Hazlitt Theatre Choir at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18th September 2019 when they will be performing “Rhythms of Life : A Celebration of Syncopation” at their Annual Concert. Tickets are £10 from the Hazlitt Theatre Box Office in Earl Street in Maidstone (Tel 758611).


The Ringlestone Inn on Ringlestone Road which leads towards Harrietsham from B2163/C603 from the top of Hollingbourne Hill has reopened for business. It closed in April 2018 when Shepherd Neame decided to sell the property. The new operators are Dalton Hopper and Paolo Rigolli from Cranbrook.


Greenway Court Road resident Martial Chaussy (47) is about to open his ninth licensed outlet on the A28 between Tenterden and Ashford which will be called the Pig and Sty. Up to ten years ago it was the Royal Standard after which it became an Indian restaurant. The premises, which have received a £1.1 million facelift will feature a rocking horse themed restaurant in conjunction with Stevenson Brothers who make rocking horses that sell for thousands of pounds, will open on 21st September. Martial from France also operates the Dirty Habit in Upper Street amongst other outlets under the Elite Pubs brand.


The Road Haulage Association has stated that lorry drivers could be held for around two days by Operation Brock if the UK leaves the EU Customs Union on 31st October 2019. Previously Highways England has said that no facilities will be installed for the 2000 marooned drivers on the M20 between Junction 8 of the M20 and Junction 9 in Ashford. Enquiries are being made with South East Water as to the supply of drinking water and waste collection along the 13 mile section of the M20 through Hollingbourne after Brexit. It is hoped that the lorries on the M20 will not affect residents close to the M20. More information to follow.

The “Sunday Times” of 25th August reports that there will be a facility between Junctions 8 and 9 for checking the Customs documentation of lorries going to Dover and Eurotunnel but the Hollingbourne Parish Councils has no details of this or if it will affect local traffic. In theory the plan could move the possible traffic congestion from the Dover and Eurotunnel back up the M20 to the Hollingbourne area. Local MP Mrs Helen Whately has been asked to comment on the “Sunday Times” report.

Pictured below are some of the lorries held on the M20 during Operation Stack in 2015.

Operation Stack on the M20 in 2015 which ran for over 30 days because of delays at Calais.