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We are pleased to announce, that following the issuing of the latest Covid-19 guidelines by the government and the releasing of further social distancing restrictions on 6th July 2020, we have decided to resume our environmental work parties.

There is quite a lot to do, as we have been unable get onto our projects since early March 2020.

In order to ensure that all our work parties are Covid-19 secure we will be introducing the following guidelines:-

        * All work parties will be restricted to a maximum of 6 people.  Places will be on a first come basis, so please let me know by e-mail if you wish to attend any of the dates listed below,

        * All volunteers must stay 2m apart,

        * Face coverings are not compulsory, but advisory,

        * Gloves and HV vests must be worn at all times, although this is usual practice for our volunteers.  If you do not have an NLRA HV vest you will be loaned one for the duration of the restrictions,

        * Please bring and use your own tools and equipment, NLRA shared tools and equipment will not be provided, and

         * Please provide your own refreshments.

Work Parties will be held on the following dates at the locations listed.  The activities are a guide for the sort of tools and equipment that will be required.  This may vary and volunteers will be advised in advance of any changes.

                 Thursday 9th July 2020
                 Loose Greenway
                 Cutting back vegetation and weeding

                 Saturday 18th July 2020
                 Richmond Way Green
                 Cutting back vegetation

                 Thursday 23rd July 2020
                 Loose Greenway
                 Cutting back vegetation and weeding

                 Thursday 6th August 2020
                 Loose Greenway
                 Cutting back vegetation and weeding

                 Saturday 15th August 2020
                 Mangravet Wood
                 Cutting back vegetation at edges

                 Thursday 27th August 2020
                 Loose Greenway
                 Cutting back vegetation and weeding

                 Thursday 3rd September 2020
                 Loose Greenway
                 Cutting back vegetation, weeding and planting

                 Saturday 19th September 2020
                 Richmond Way Green
                 Cutting back vegetation and weeding

                 Saturday 3rd October 2020
                 Mangravet Wood
                 Bramble clearance

                 Thursday 15th October 2020
                 Loose Greenway
                 Cutting back vegetation, weeding and planting

All work parties start at 10 00.


Now open Monday to Saturday.

The Doll Tub on Boughton Parade will now  be open:

Monday to Saturdays from 8.30am to 4pm


The Mangravet Wood Footpath is now complete

After a lot of planning and sorting out the logistics for materials, equipment and volunteers; on Saturday 1st February 2020, 7 volunteers helped lay the final 3 tons of crushed stone to provide the top layer for the path. As this was a smaller amount of stone than previous deliveries, it came in Jiffy bags, which were delivered the previous day. The path was completed, including levelling and flattening with a heavy duty ‘whacker plate’ by 11 30 that morning. Once again the weather was kind to us.

The adjacent photo shows the volunteer group taking a well earned rest at the completion of the job.

We started on Thursday 16th January 2020 when a number of volunteers attended Mangravet Woods to receive 10 tons of aggregate to lay on the path through the woods. Unfortunately the lorry didn’t arrive until 11.30. Undeterred, thinking we would have to finish the job the next day we cracked on and were able to lay it in just over 1 1/2 hours and then compacted it, which took about 30 minutes. We covered about 2/3rds of the path that day.

Then on Thursday 23rd January 2020 a group of 10 more volunteers gathered to continue laying a further 10 ton of stone on the footpath. This time, having learnt from the previous working group, we arranged for the stone to be delivered the previous day. This enabled a prompt start at 09 30.

Despite experiencing a breakdown of the ‘whacker plate’ we still managed to lay all the stone within 3 hours.

The NLRA would particularly like to thank our hard working volunteers who gave their time and a lot of effort to complete this project. A special thanks go to Richard for all his organisational work and Barry for his technical expertise.

We also wish to thank Millwood Homes for their generous donation towards the project, which has funded a large part of the costs.

If anyone is interested in this article or volunteering at any of our working parties please email me on david@northloose.co.uk or ring/message me on 07801 296699.

Our next working party is at the Loose Greenway on Thursday 13th February 2020, meeting at 10 00 at the end of Westwood Road.


An interesting read from the early 1900s

Click here to read this journal of The Loose Area History Society





Lockdown assistance – Update

With the easing of further social distancing guidelines from 4th July, we will be stopping the regular food service and pharmacy collections that we have offered since March.   However, if anyone still requires these services (perhaps if having to isolate) help is still available:

Basic food deliveries – email alan@northloose.co.uk or phone Jacquie on 07986 989764

Prescriptions – email northloosecommunity@gmail.com or phone Jacquie on 07986 989764

Also note, the Mote Medical Practice has updated its website as follows:

*  We now have a dedicated email address for prescription requests ONLY, please email your request with what you require, your name and date of birth and where you would like to collect the prescription to patient.g82076@nhs.net –  please allow 72 hours for this service.

*  Electronic Prescriptions -simply nominate your local pharmacy and your prescription will be sent electronically to the pharmacy.  You then collect your  medication directly from your nominated pharmacy. Allow 72 hours for this service.
*  Loose patients can make requests at Paydens Chemist.

For any other help, our local Councillors are always there for you:

Cllr Brian Clark:                   07963 757767
Cllr Derek Mortimer:            07825 916930
Cllr Paul Wilby:                    07949 769276 (mainly looking after Tovil)



Our environment volunteers group have been busy over the last couple of days.

They have planted 50 hedging whips along footpath KB22, which runs from Cripple Street to Postley Road. This is the first stage of a longer term project to refurbish the ancient Parish hedge that runs along the western side of the footpath 


 Unfortunately,  due to lockdown amid the Covid 19 pandemic, the whips were not cared for.

Two of our members visited there recently and cut down the high vegetation, mainly nettles that has enveloped the whips.  A few will need to be replaced, but in spite of the neglect, they weren’t too bad.

.Development at 466 Loose Road

 After over 6 years of trying, the developers have finally won an appeal to get this site developed.

Maidstone Planning Officer approved the appeal to demolish 466 Loose Road and erect one two storey detached house fronting Loose Road and five bungalows within the rear.

However, all is not lost as the Planning Inspector has put strict conditions on the approval including:

  • Five rearmost properties to have living accommodation solely on the ground floor, an eaves height of no more than 2.5m from ground level, and no openings in the roof space
  • No building within 5m of the boundary of the appeal site with adjacent properties on Skye Close
  • Vehicle electric charging points
  • Vehicle access and pedestrian visibility splays at the entrance to be approved
  • Surface water and foul water drainage systems to be approved and maintained
  • The protection and retention of the Purple Beech tree at the front on the site

This means the developers cannot slide in any amendments to change the bungalows to chalet bungalows or deviate from agreed plans.

Costs were also applied for but they were refused.

The NLRA will continue to monitor all applications to approve conditions on this site and will object strongly to any that deviate from the inspector’s report.


After 6 years we have at long last obtained a lease from Maidstone Borough Council for the open space at Richmond Way. It has been 6 years of frustration and anger at how long it takes for any council to make decisions and then implement them.

We are extremely grateful to one of our members, Mike Smith who is a property lawyer, for dealing with all the legal procedures. He gave so much time and saved the NLRA a fortune in fees. Documents are now with the Land Registry for registering in the name of North Loose Limited, this can take 2 – 3 months.

Our environmental team will soon be seen on the land tidying up and arranging regular grass cutting.


Dog Fouling