Protest Against Lidsing - 4th October
Join residents outside Maidstone Town Hall at 5pm on Monday 4th October to show the Borough Cllrs who will be voting on the fate of Lidsing how strongly we oppose this development.
THIS IS YOUR FINAL CHANCE TO SAVE LIDSING
Last Chance to Save Lidsing
Bredhurst Parish Council along with residents from Lidsing, Hempstead and Lordswood are fighting to stop Lidsing from being concreted over but ……
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Imagine standing on the bridge at Forge Lane and seeing 2000+ houses on every field as far as the eye can see. The bridge at the bottom of The Street will be demolished and a massive road junction will be built in the field adjacent to Kemsley Street to give access to the 2000+ houses. Consider the effect of over 4000+ additional cars in the area and the impact on Bredhurst.
On Monday 4th October, Maidstone Borough Council will decide the fate of Lidsing and we need you all to do two things:
1. Before the 4th October, EVERYONE needs to lobby the individual councillors who will be voting at that meeting. Lobbying can have a huge impact – so the more emails the better. Keep your email short and tell Cllrs how 2000+ houses will affect you. You may wish to mention;
· The wider implications of allowing development at Lidsing will give a green light to the same landowner who is pushing to develop the whole of Capstone Valley (Gibraltar Farm, East Hill, Darland View). In effect, it is not 2000+ houses they will be approving but over 3000.
· The devastating impact this proposal will have on Bredhurst, Lidsing, Hempstead and all surrounding areas.
· Years, if not decades, of disruption while building takes place putting a strain on Junction 4 of the M2 which already struggles to cope at peak times plus all the additional traffic through Bredhurst.
Please use your own words and use ‘Lidsing’ in the title of your email. Attach photos or maps to your email to reinforce your points. Please send your email to the following Cllrs (you can copy and paste the list below):
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2. Attend the Maidstone Borough Council meeting on MONDAY 4th OCTOBER. The meeting is in the Town Hall and starts at 5.30pm but we need you to arrive by 5pm at the latest. As the Cllrs arrive, we need them to see a crowd of people opposed to the development of Lidsing. Placards will be available on the day and we hope to have press coverage.
THIS IS YOUR
LAST CHANCE TO SAVE LIDSING - YOU ONLY HAVE DAYS TO ACT
For more details visit the Bredhurst Parish Council FB page / Bredhurst Community FB Group or contact Cllr Jones on 07813 785940 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Playing Field Improvements
Improvements are now finished at the Community Field. The pedestrian access has been widened and the picnic bench and seat are now on concrete bases.
Community Playing Field - Notice of Work
The footpath to the community playing field is to be widened. Work is due to commence on Thursday 24 June (weather dependant) and will take approximately 4-6 days, during which time pedestrian access to the field will be via the double gates to the left-hand side of the field. Bredhurst Parish Council apologises for any inconvenience caused. If you have any queries, please contact the Clerk.
Temporary Closure - Lidsing Road - 8th June
Parish Clerk Vacancy - Extended Deadline
To increase the number of candidates to choose from, BPC has decided to extend the deadline to 21st May
Borough in Bloom
Maidstone Borough Council
Date: 22 April 2021
Take part and make Maidstone Borough Bloom
For the first time ever Maidstone Borough Council is launching a Maidstone Borough in Bloom competition and is inviting anyone who enjoys creating beautiful gardens or pots to enter.
Working with Coolings Garden Centre in Bearsted, the competition opened on Thursday 22 April and will be open for entries until Monday 5 July. Judging will take place during the last two weeks of July and the Awards Ceremony will be held in September.
There are three categories, residential, commercial and community and any household entering will be given a £5 voucher to spend at Coolings.
A trophy will be awarded for the winner and runner up in each category. All winners in each category will also receive a prize of £25.00 Coolings gift voucher as well as two adult annual tickets for Leeds Castle.
Andrew Williams, Parks and Open Spaces Manager at Maidstone Borough Council said: “We are thrilled to be working with Coolings Garden Centre on this new competition and look forward to seeing all the wonderful gardens and flower display entries. We hope this also encourages businesses to show off their premises, particularly as many will be opening for the first time since being locked down.
“It would be great if in the future, it might be possible for Maidstone to progress to enter the South In Bloom competition which would help tie in the use of public space and community activity all year round.
“We are also working with Kent Wildlife Trust to help give advice on creating pollinator, wildlife-friendly gardens as we know people may be interested in how to make their gardens more biodiverse. Our partners at Leeds Castle are very kindly providing prizes, which are very much appreciated, and their specialist gardening consultant will be giving gardening tips in a monthly blog, so look out for that.”
Coolings Head Judge Neil Jackson said: “I look forward to appreciating the beautiful gardens and environmental contribution made by the residents and businesses of Maidstone Borough. Every garden, pot, trough and community project makes the world a better place to live in and it’s important this work is recognised properly.”
The Maidstone Borough in Bloom categories are:
- Best Front Garden
- Best Back Garden
- Best Planted pot trough or hanging basket
- Best vegetable garden or allotment
- Best pollinators garden
- Best Commercial garden
- Best Commercial Planted pot trough or hanging basket
- Best Community Environmentally Garden
- Best Community Ornamental Garden
To enter please complete a Coolings Garden Centre entry form through the Maidstone Borough Council website here:https://maidstone.gov.uk/maidstone-borough-in-bloom
Notes to Editors:
Find Leeds Castle Gardening blog here:https://www.leeds-castle.com/news/Leeds+Castle+News/Spring+Explodes+at+Leeds+Castle
If you would like further details, please contact the Maidstone Borough Council Communications Team email:email@example.com or call: 01622 602560
Parish Clerk - Vacancy
Temporary speed reduction in Lidsing Road
Lidsing Garden Community opposition flier
Lidsing Garden Community proposal
Maidstone Borough Council is currently consulting on their Local Plan Review. The Review is proposing a new garden community of 2000 houses in Lidsing.
Information on the garden community can be found on the Hume Planning Consultancy website. Please note that if you submit comments on this website they will only be fed back to the landowner and project team and not to Maidstone Borough Council.
Bredhurst Parish Council is opposing this proposal and is working closely with Boxley Parish Council and other local groups to do so.
For more information please visit the Against Lidsing Garden Development Facebook group, which gives details of deadlines and how to submit comments.
Temporary Speed Reduction in Lidsing Road
The older children’s play area at the top of the field will be closed on Monday 24th August to enable us to install the new swinging steps and tramlines. The toddlers’ play area will remain open as normal.
We are aware that residents are keen for us to reopen the play areas in Bredhurst. We have now completed the necessary risk assessments and are waiting for signage and some maintenance works to take place. We hope that the older children’s area (at the top of the field) will be open by the weekend, and the toddlers’ area a few days afterwards. Once open, please observe social distancing and be mindful of other users. If the areas are busy, please take turns or try and come back at another time. Thank you.
KCC Loneliness Survey
It is estimated that loneliness affects over 30,000 older people in Kent, but we know that it is not just an issue for the elderly. Loneliness is a highly personal experience that can have a significant impact on someone’s physical and mental health.
The current Covid-19 crisis has highlighted loneliness as an experience that anyone can have and raised awareness of this issue across the country. Many people who would not have considered themselves lonely have felt so as a result of implementing social distancing measures, becoming disconnected from friends, family and their communities.
We are asking people to complete our Loneliness survey to help us understand not only how many people in Kent are or have experienced loneliness, but also what has helped them during this time.
We would like to ask for your help in promoting the survey with any people that you think would be interested in completing it so we can get their feedback. We would also like to hear from you as well.
This is an opportunity for people to give their honest, confidential views on their lived experience over the past two months.
It should take about 10 minutes to complete the survey. We’ve made it as quick and easy as possible with tick box statements, as well as a number of free text boxes.
Click on Loneliness Survey to go to the survey as we do want to hear from you and other people in your community.
Our survey will close on Friday, 24 July 2020.
All views and feedback that we receive from the survey will be analysed and reported on in due course.
Together we can address loneliness, helping people to feel connected and valued, by working together as a community.
End of year accounts
The end of year accounts have now been published and can be viewed on our Reports and Audits page.
The Quest - an audio play for families
The Quest is a story about adventure…
After receiving a mysterious call during the lockdown, a librarian and her housemates set out on a quest to discover the meaning of adventure.
Ever wanted to go to the moon, become a spy or an inventor?
Using everyday props, this imaginative and interactive audio play offers you a chance to join in with activities to become part of the story.
There are three 10 minute episodes, each looks at the life of a real character and their adventure. It is a great way to become immersed in a story and experience a sense of travel from home.
‘My daughter and I loved the idea of being taken on a journey out of our kitchen with some great surprises along the way. Her eyes literally popped when she did the water and glass experiment all by herself! It was a welcome release from screens to delve into our imaginations through audio.‘ Gillian Farrell, Mum to Maeve aged 5
Perfect for families, particularly for those with children aged 5-10, all 3 episodes of The Quest will be available on the Applause website to enjoy together, for free, from Friday 12th June, just click here.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS FROM AN EXTERNAL COMPANY AND BPC ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONTENT OR SUITABILITY.
Household Waste and Recycling Centres open
Mental health crisis support via text
A new text service has been launched across Kent and Medway for people of all ages needing mental health support.
As part of the Release the Pressure campaign, the texts are free on all major mobile networks and the service is provided by SHOUT and the Crisis Text Line.
By texting the word “Kent” or “Medway” to 85258, you will start a conversation with one of the many trained and experienced volunteers who can give support at any time, wherever you are. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
The service will run in addition to the current 24/7 freephone helpline and is funded by the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) which is a collaboration between Kent County Council, Medway Council, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust and all the NHS organisations across Kent and Medway.
Lauretta Kavanagh, Mental Health Programme Director for the NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Anxiety is a natural reaction to COVID19. We’ve had our everyday lives transformed overnight and are unsure of what might come. All-present news about the pandemic can be overwhelming and contribute to feelings of restlessness or unreality. However when this pandemic has passed, just like previous ones, we will respond with the same sense of relief, a revived appreciation of one another, for the outdoors and life’s other simple pleasures. These will be just some of the benefits. In the interim time, it’s right to be gentle with ourselves and open up about what’s happening to us. As far as you can, reach out to others, including texting Kent to 85258 at any time of the day or night.
SHOUT CEO, Victoria Hornby said: “We are delighted to partner with the STP to provide a crisis text service to people in need of mental health support across Kent and Medway. Over the last few weeks, we have seen increasing numbers of conversations (around 30%) mentioning Coronavirus and we know things are difficult for people right now. For anyone who is feeling anxious, lonely, stressed, afraid or worried, our Crisis Volunteers are there 24/7.”
Kent’s Director of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark said “During this time of social distancing and asking people to stay at home, we know that many people will be feeling anxious, concerned and isolated. You may be worried about loved ones or the impact that this will have on your relationship, your job or your financial situation. Therefore it’s important to know that you can reach out for support any time day or night. Don’t bottle it up, text Kent to 85258 for support.”
James Williams, Director of Public Health at Medway Council, said: “Everyone is having to adapt to new ways of communicating and interacting with family, friends and the wider community. During these uncertain times, we need to think more about the impact these changes are having on our mental health. It is incredibly important for residents to know that help and support is available. The new Release the Pressure text service will help people access help whenever they may need it. I would encourage anyone who needs support to text Medway to 85258.”
You can find out more about the Release the Pressure helpline, the new text service and other community mental health support services by visiting www.releasethepressure.uk
For more information about how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic visit
KCC Public Protection Webpage
We are in unprecedented times and KCC Public Protection Services are working tirelessly to protect and support vulnerable residents. Unfortunately, scammers and criminals are seizing every opportunity to use the COVID-19 pandemic to con people, steal their money and betray their trust at a time when people are at their most vulnerable. Action Fraud reported a 400% increase in reports of scams since COVID-19 took hold in the UK.
Public Protection has set up a dedicated scams page to keep people up to date with the latest scams and threats as they emerge. It includes guidance on how to protect themselves and where to report it.
The page can be found here.
Kent Together - helpline launched by KCC
A 24-hour helpline has been set up to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication.
The helpline – called Kent Together – provides a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.
It is also the place to report your concerns about the welfare of someone else.
Kent County Council Leader Roger Gough said: “In every district and borough throughout Kent and Medway there has been an incredible and heartening response to this pandemic, and we have a huge army of remarkable, public-spirited volunteers who are ready and willing to help each other through these challenging times.
“We now need to make sure that these vital resources are directed to where they are most needed. The new central helpline will link to Community Hubs across the county and ensure that we are effectively working hand in hand with the amazing teams out in the heart of communities in every part of Kent.”
Kent Together is being coordinated by Kent County Council which will feed the information through the network of volunteers, district and borough council teams and local support groups, to ensure people get the support they need when they need it.
People’s needs will be assessed and staff will liaise with Community Hubs in the districts to prioritise those who need urgent help.
Mr Gough added: “At this unprecedented time, we all need to support each other to cope with the changes to our lifestyles we’ve had to make in order to delay the spread of Covid-19.
“I appreciate those radical changes have brought about difficulties and uncertainty and that we are all having to live our lives very differently.
“I hope with the launch of this service we can help bring some sense of familiarity and comfort back to those who desperately need it.”
If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24-hour service.
Kent County Council also has a page on its website answering frequently asked questions and the very latest Coronavirus information on its service updates page.
Visit www.kent.gov.uk to find out more.
Coronavirus Scams Advice
Use of Bredhurst Woods
Vulnerable Persons and Volunteer sign up
To add your details to the Vulnerable Persons Register or the Volunteer Register please download, complete and return the form.
KCC Coronavirus Support Guide
Play Area Closure
We are urging people to follow government advice to stay safe by avoiding using crowded settings.
We cannot guarantee, with the volume of people currently using playgrounds, that they are not contributing to the spread of the virus, as playground equipment cannot be sanitised after each use.
As a result, residents will no longer be allowed to use our facility until further notice.
So please, follow government guidelines on social distancing, and isolate as necessary to keep you, your loved ones and other members of your community safe.
Bredhurst Community Group
BPC has set up a group on Facebook to help residents connect with each other and offer and ask for help. It can be found here.
We have also set up a WhatsApp group for the same purpose. If you would like to join, please text your name and number to Cllr Jones on 07813 785940. Please be aware that your name and number will be visible to others in the group – asking to join will be seen as consent to this. BPC and Cllr Jones will hold your details securely and delete them if/when asked to do so, but we have no jurisdiction over how others store or handle them.
Council meetings and planning applications
Following the government’s announcement yesterday regarding public gatherings, BPC has decided to postpone its meetings until further notice.
All business of a non-urgent nature will be postponed and any urgent business will be dealt with by cllrs over email, although this will be kept to an absolute minimum.
If residents have any concerns over this, please contact the clerk in the first instance.
Please also note that Maidstone Borough Council is now no longer sending details of planning applications by post to neighbours. In the unlikely event that there is a pending application, please ensure you check the MBC website for updates and contact the parish clerk if you wish the parish council to make representation on your behalf.
Coronavirus community update
In these uncertain and worrying times, Bredhurst Parish Council would like to encourage all members of our community to do what they can to help others. There will be elderly and vulnerable people who are self-isolating, and many people working from home, often with children to educate and entertain. It is at times like this that a community can really pull together. There are a number of suggestions for ways to help, including dropping a card through neighbours’ doors offering help with shopping or just a chat on the phone. Social media and online groups will become more and more important. Please do whatever you can to help those around you. If you need help or feel you can help but are not sure how to, please send a message to the parish council Facebook page and we will attempt to put you in touch with others nearby. Bredhurst Parish Council will continue to work for the community, although it is highly likely that meetings will be cancelled for the foreseeable future. We are currently awaiting guidance from central government about this. We wish all members of our community well and encourage you to stay safe, follow guidelines and look out for each other.
Blacksmiths Barn Closure
In the light of current guidance, Bredhurst Parish Council has taken the decision to close Blacksmiths Barn. It will be deep cleaned and reopened when safe to do so. Hirers will be offered refunds for cancelled bookings, and session attendees are advised to contact the organiser for more details as to when sessions will restart.
Extension of footpath closures
Kent Police Points of Contact
Barn Open Hour
An allotment has now become vacant. If you are interested in the plot, please contact one of the councillors or the clerk.