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COLLIER STREET WHAT’S APP GROUP
The Parish Council have set up a What’s App Group to improve communication within the parish on urgent matters.
To join this expanding group please sent a message to 07960 754641 stating ‘Sign up for CSWA Group’. Cllr. Deborah Papas will add you to the group. Prior to joining please read the groups privacy statement here.
During the current pandemic, Maidstone Borough Council are not sending out letters to near neighbours of planning applications. We will therefore be publishing these as and when received.
20/501579/Agric – Land North of Longend Lane
20/501552/PNQCLA – Barn A, Land fronting Willow Farm Collier Street
If you wish to view or comment on these applications:
If you wish to comment via the parish council please email us on
COVID 19 -UPDATES
INDENTIFYING THE MOST VULNERABLE – REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE & UPDATE ON LOCAL FOOD OUTLETS
For further information CLICK HERE
STRAIGHT FROM THE CITY OF LONDON POLICE FRAUD TEAM – Spread the Word!
Extremely sophisticated scam going about this morning. Definitely Danske bank customers but possibly all banks. You get a message saying a payment hasn’t been taken eg O2, EE, (etc) and to click here. DO NOT DO IT!!
As soon as you touch it the money is gone. They already have all your details and it’s the most advance scam the banks have ever seen. Pass this on to everyone. Please.
The Police are being inundated with calls – thousands flying out of peoples accounts!
Spread the word!
KCC CORONAVIRUS UPDATE and LATEST GUIDELINES & NOTICES
Helen Grant, MP., Covid 19 Local Update Please click here
POTENTIAL FOOD OUTLETS
In this fast moving situation, we have tried to bring together some food outlets that state they could provide home deliveries. We are of course unsure of the demands on these outlets.
Here is the link http://www.collierstreetpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/30.03.2020-FOOD-OUTLETS.docx
MARDEN MECIAL CENTRE – CORONAVIRUS
We are reliably informed of the following:
Marden Medical Centre is now triaging ANYONE with coughs, high temperatures or flu like illness by phone. They should not come to the surgery. There is also an option to do a video consultation if needed.
There is a Twitter account you can access on @ MardenMedical. A Facebook page should also be up and running today.
On a more positive note we would like to congratulate the practice for again receiving an “outstanding” from the CQC.
NEXT FULL COUNCIL MEETING
Under the Coronavirus Act 2020 public meetings have been cancelled. The Parish Council are operating remotely and have scheduled a remote meeting for June 2020.
COLLIER STREET VILLAGE NEWS
Latest edition of the Village News. Click here
Last month’s edition of the Village News. Click here
POST FLOOD ADVICE
* For more advice on what to do after a flood visit the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/after-flood
* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
If you have any photos, videos or information showing the recent impact in our community please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that if you require a response or assistance please call the Incident Hotline 0800 80 70 60
Please keep abreast of the situation and take early action you need to help you and your community stay safe.
URGENT UPDATE nu-venture.co.uk
Nu-Venture Coaches Ltd, Telephone 01622 882288.
CALL FOR SITES UPDATE
The parish has now had a meeting with a principle planning officer, at Maidstone Borough Council.
Cllr David Goff and The Clerk met with a principal planning officer, one of the strategic development team at the offices of Maidstone Borough Council on the 30th January 2020.
The strategic development team are currently very busy assessing well in excess of 300 sites that were submitted under the Call for Sites exercise.
This number of sites received was viewed as positive as it will potentially yield far more houses than the Local Development Plan will need to provide. Because of the sheer numbers it will take longer for each site to be accessed. This exercise will mirror the normal process followed for an ordinary planning application and will involve many different agencies, external experts and ecologists.
By carrying out the exercise as detailed there will more certainty when the sites themselves are eventually included within the draft Local Development Plan.
The strategic planning committee next meet on the 10th March 2020 and they will consider exactly how the numbers will be delivered. e.g. Do they consider developments solely around the town centre of Maidstone where they would already have substantial infrastructure in place? Do they consider a mix of a garden village where the necessary infrastructure would need to be created together; will they consider some other development outside of these suggestions? Consideration would be given to what combination of sites work? It is going to be no sooner than September 2020 when they unveil the plans – and seek views from the members of the public. Even this date could slip.
Talking of the PC reply to the Call for Sites the principal planning officer complimented us on the factual report we had submitted, looking at flooding, lack of infrastructure, highways issues, etc. The officer stated flooding was quite a significant concern in planning term.
So the procedure seems to be
10.03.2020 Members to decide on a strategy
No actual time-line given: – Discussions on Assessments made
9/12 months Draft Plan Consultation
The process will be longer but provide a greater assurance of chosen sites when the report is out for discussion.
The planning officer also briefed us on MBC’s legal duty to consultant with neighbouring Councils.
Our local Borough Councillor David Burton chairs the said committee.
You may also have seen the Kent Messenger of the 30th January 2020 the same day that we met with MBC ‘Councillors of all political colours have joined forces with MP Helen Grant to call for the predicted rate of new builds to be eased. The Local Plan 2017 sets out key development sites across the area of 882 homes. But a new formula calculates Maidstone will soon need to increase that number annually to 1,236. This is a 40% jump, meaning 28,000 homes could be put up by 2037.
A motion describing the targets as ‘impossible’ has already been tabled.
At the end of the article the council requests its current target of 882 per year is maintained until the end of the Local Plan period in 2031.
If you have any further comments please contact The Clerk email@example.com
When searching the Google link the site reference numbers are 24 | 25 | 26 | 267
COLLIER STREET NEWS
Please CLICK HERE for a previous edition of the Collier Street News.
FOR INFORMATION – CALL FOR SITES
Details of the sites have now been released by Maidstone Borough Council, they can be viewed on the interactive map CLICK HERE
N.B. When you are on the website click on the Google Drive link and search for the site numbers 024|025|026|267.
Maidstone Borough Council is starting a review of the Maidstone Borough Local Plan (2017). The review is needed to ensure the Local Plan remains up to date and addresses specific issues highlighted by the Inspector who examined it. Further, since the adoption of the plan, the Government has introduced a standard calculation for the number of new homes an area will need and this looks set to increase requirements for this and other boroughs in the south east. The new National Planning Policy Framework also directs that plans should be regularly reviewed – at least every 5 years – and that they should cover a time period of at least 15 years at adoption. Maidstone Borough Council has agreed a timetable for the Local Plan Review – the ‘Local Development Scheme’. A first ‘scoping’ style public consultation is scheduled for July-August 2019 with further consultations to follow in 2020 before submission of the Plan for examination 2021 with adoption to follow in 2022.
This Call for Sites exercise is the starting point for a piece of key evidence for the Local Plan Review, the Strategic Land Availability Assessment. Now that the period for nominated sites has closed Maidstone Borough Council have forwarded details of the proposed sites to the Parish Council to gain information about potential sites for inclusion (allocation) in the Local Plan Review. Information on the proposed sites will be released into the public domain on Monday 4th November 2019.
Essential background information http://www.collierstreetpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Call-for-sites-background-information.pdf
Alternatively further information can be obtained by email from firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Strategic Planning, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6JQ
Submitting a site through the Call for Sites doesn’t mean it will be included in the Local Plan Review or planning permission will be granted on it in the future. It will give Maidstone Borough Council a starting list of sites to consider.
Clerk to Collier Street Parish Council
LAST EDITION OF THE COLLIER STREET NEWS Click here
MAIDSTONE BOROUGH LOCAL PLAN REVIEW REGULATION 18 CONSULTATION
The Local Plan Review – Scoping Themes, Issues and Initial Choices (Regulation 18) has been prepared for informal public consultation. The consultation document considers the themes and key issues that the Local Plan Review will need to address.
MBC are asking for your views on these matters and any others you think the Local Plan Review will need to cover.
MBC have prepared a series of consultation questions to help frame your feedback. You do not need to answer each question; just answer the ones which are most relevant to you.
The Local Plan Review and supporting documents can be viewed and downloaded from the council’s website www.maidstone.gov.uk/localplanreview and is available for inspection at:
• Maidstone Link, King Street, Maidstone, ME15 6JQ
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 09.00 to 16.30; Wednesday 10.00 to 16.30
All libraries in Maidstone Borough during normal opening hours
Please send us your comments using the consultation portal https://maidstone-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/
Alternatively, you can complete the response form (www.maidstone.gov.uk/localplanreview) and send it to us
• By email to email@example.com
• By post to Strategic Planning, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, ME15 6JQ. The consultation opens on 19th July and MBC need to receive your comments no later than 5pm on Monday 30th September.
Last week, the Kent Police & Crime Commissioner published his Annual Policing Survey. As in previous years, it asks for views on policing in Kent and for initial thoughts on whether people would be willing to pay a little more council tax next year to fund additional police resources.
We would encourage all residents to respond. The survey itself takes only a few minutes and is completely anonymous.
The link is www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/haveyoursay. There is no specified deadline but I understand from the PCC’s office that the survey will run to December.
Local Audit and Accountability Act and the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015
As a local elector, or an interested party you have certain legal rights in respect of the accounting records of smaller authorities. Please see the recent post of when you are able to exercise these rights. Post 12th June 2019. Click here
HIGHWAYS DAMAGE TO HIGHWAY NETWORK
Fault Reporting Tool: www.kent.gov.uk/highwaysfaults
KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste: keeping you up to date with what’s happening on our roads – for more information visit http://www.kent.gov.uk/travel or· http://www.kent.gov.uk/highways
PLAN TOGETHER – DELIVER IN PARTNERSHIP – Medway Flood Action Plan
Available on line at www.gov.uk/environment-agency
Search: Medway Flood Action Plan
Any suggestions for improvements, or content you would wish to see included, please email The Clerk firstname.lastname@example.org
PARISH MAGAZINE TEAM
Parish Magazine Team are in situ :-
The account/advertising coordinator is Tracey Bentley
NEW Please see the latest ‘Microsoft Phone Scam’ under the Trading Standards Alert Tab
NEW Please see the latest Trading Standards Alert – Post Code Lottery Scam Alert
NEW Please see the latest Trading Standards Alert Council Tax Rebate Scam
NEW Please see the latest Trading Standards Alert – ROUGE TRADERS
NEW Please see the latest KCC Resurfacing Kent Roads bulletin.
– Highways and Community Safety Tab
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PLEASE SEE THE NEW TAB ON THE WOODPECKER GROUP
New volunteers are most welcome