PARISH NEWSLETTER - The Spring edition of Marden Parish Council's newsletter is now available online - click here to download - . If you do not receive one please let Alison know in the Parish Office.
SHEEPHURST LANE CLOSURE
Work is planned to undertake on-going maintenance and improvements to the carriageway between the junction of Goudhurst Road and Maidstone Road. The work will start on 11th March and take approximately 11 days to complete (not including weekends). Click here to view the notice from Kent County Council.
VILLAGE SPRING CLEAN - SATURDAY 22ND MARCH
If you can spare a couple of hours to help clear up the accumulation of rubbish in country lanes around Marden please contact Ali in the Parish Office (01622 832305). Hi-Viz jackets, gloves, litter pickers and black sacks will all be provided - wejust need the manpower to tidy up. Unfortunately our insurance does not cover children under the age of 16 to litter pick the country lanes however if you would like to join us with your children we will also look to undertake a litter pick in the centre of the village/estate roads.
PLAY AREAS IN MARDEN
Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) has published a Draft Play Area Strategy. This sets out how MBC are planning to deal with play areas - and this includes Marden.
MBC are planning to invest money to improve some local play areas. It has identified 'strategic' and 'non-strategic' areas such as the Marden playing field. This area is owned by the Parish and may be eligible for up to £10,000 for improvements - if the Parish can pay the same amount. However the Copckpit play area has been identified as 'non'strategic'. This means that MBC will be looking to see if another voluntary group wants to take over this area, although no money will be offered. If no other group comes forward the play equipment will be removed.
This is what the Draft Play Area Strategy could mean for Marden. Please have a look at the plan on the MBC website at www.maidstone.gov.uk and click on Draft Play Area Consultation link and make sure everyone knows what you think. You have until Friday 7th March 2014.
LOCAL NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME
In partnership with the Parish Council, the local Community Warden, Police Community Support Officer Nicola Morris and Maidstone & District Neighbourhood Watch, a public meeting will be held to launch the initiatve to encourage communication amongst residents and to circulate crime prevention advice. The Public Meeting will be held on 18th March and residents are invited to attend at 6.30pm in the John Banks Hall, Marden Memorial Hall, Goudhurst Road, Marden to find out more about getting involved with the Watch. Neighbourhood Watch schemes have been running for many years across the country, and are designed to bring communities together to help reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and improve links between communities and organisations such as the police.
New Trading Standards Messages have been received - see under Site Pages