W e l c o m e   t o   t h e   N L R A   w e b s I t e

 

HELPERS LUNCH

This year’s Helpers Lunch, laid on as a “Thank You” to all those members who give up their time throughout the year to help the NLRA, was attended by 42 members, including the committee. 

The lunch was an even better success this year and the food was excellent as usual.

A very big THANK YOU to all our caterers for all their hard work which made the day such a success.

BOUNDARY WALK

The annual boundary Walk was again a great success, Ther were a total of 49 people who took part plus 4 dogs.

The 4.5 miles route was completed in 2 hours 15 mins.

At the end a social time was had at the Y Centre with tea and cakes served.

WALKING TREASURE HUNT
– a great afternoon!A big thank you to Domino’s

Our walking treasure hunt on the afternoon of Sunday 9th September turned out to be a great success, with 42 adults and 17 children going out in 13 different groups.   We were lucky with the weather, with the sun shining making it a very pleasant afternoon to be out walking around our area.  

Contestants had 53 questions to answer as well as dealing with clues as to which direction to take and we are very pleased to report that all came back safely!    All said they had enjoyed their afternoon.

A huge vote of thanks to Radu and his staff at Domino’s on Boughton Parade, who sponsored this event for us. 

They provided pizzas and tea/coffee for everyone at the end of the treasure hunt, with the added bonus of chocolate pizzas and cookies for the children, as well as balloons to take away..

They also sponsored the prizes which were vouchers for Domino’s pizzas, and their generosity meant we were able to give prizes not only to the joint winners but also to the 3rd placed group.   The joint winners each scored 50 points and the runners up 48 points. 

Well done to all those who took part.

BOUGHTON PARADE

The planters on Boughton Lane continue to draw compliments from everyone. Everyone who tended them so carefully throughout the summer have agreed to carry on. This means that we can look forward to marvellous floral displays on this important area of our community for the foreseeable future.

We will be back in our Ancient Woodland off Pheasant Lane on the first Saturday of the month from now until next Spring. There is always plenty to do so if you would like to help please contact david@northloose.co.uk It really is very enjoyable – good for you and good for the woodland!

QUIZ NIGHT AND PLANTER COMPETITION

On 6th October more than 100 NLRA members and friends met at Loose Junior School for the annual Quiz Night.

Question Master and NLRA Chair Sean Carter had prepared a testing range of questions covering among other subjects Politics, Sport, and General Knowledge plus a Live Music round performed by Alan and Lisa Moore. Isn’t it amazing how easy questions are when you know the answer and isn’t it peculiar how your brain switches off and fails to come up with a fact that you absolutely knew a few hours earlier!

The winners for the last two years have been the Newberry team. This year they were on holiday and the Loose Bowls Club team led by Bruce and Sandra Carr were the top table. We look forward to next year when we hope the Newberrys take on LBC or perhaps a new team of winners will get it right on the night.

The Winning Planter

During the evening the winner of the Best Planter competition was announced with Sue Ditcher and Pamela Hawker claiming that title. Mick and Pat Abbott, Denise Douglas, Keith and Pauline Wright, Mick McDowall, Tony and Gillian Adams and Val Smith were also thanked for all their work which has done so much to improve the appearance of Boughton Parade.

There was the traditional raffle with some excellent prizes supplied by the local shops many of whom were also involved with judging the planters. For all this we must thank:

  • The Dolly Tub
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Doo Das
  • Loose Chiropody Practice
  • Lucky Newsagent
  • Nicky’s Florist
  • Page & Wells
  • Paydens
  • Sainsburys
  • The Y Centre

A very successful evening and we look forward to doing it all again next year. 

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LITTER PICK

Our third and final ‘end of the year’ Litter Pick concentrated on the eastern side of the North Loose area – this includes the Mangravat Sports Field and the land up to the Police Training Area.

Fourteen NLRA committee members and volunteers  met in our Ancient Woodland on Thursday 15th. After two hours we had collected another 25 large bags of rubbish to add to the 36 from our previous efforts.

Had we spent longer we could easily have doubled or tripled the amount we collected. The way people simply drop cans and wrappers where they stand or throw them over the nearest fence is quite appalling. One person could have spent the whole day collecting the rubbish thrown over the fence alongside the cemetery – unfortunately you can see it but you can’t easily get at it.

Quite the worst part was the rubbish bin that had been wheeled on to the playing field and set on fire. This burnt a hole in the side and after the fire subsided the foxes – we assume, pulled the bin over and spread the contents far and wide. The photo gives an idea but does not fully convey what a disgusting mess it was…….right outside the play area for young children.  

There is always going to be a lot to do as long as this type of thoroughly anti-social behaviour persists. Fortunately, most of us don’t want North Loose to look like a landfill site so a big Thank You to everyone who turned up to help today and with the previous Litter Picks.

 

“THE REVIEW”

The November Review has now been circulated to all members, if you have not received your copy please contact rhiannon@northloose.co.uk.

NEW MOTORWAY
The NLRA urges all members to view these proposals and give comments 
as this could have a big effect on traffic in Maidstone in the future.

Highways England would like to hear your views about the proposed new motorway that will connect Kent, Thurrock and Essex through a tunnel beneath the River Thames.

Highways England would like to let you know that the consultation, allowing the public to give their views about the Lower Thames Crossing is now open.

Since the Government announced the preferred route in April 2017, Highways England have been listening to residents, community groups, businesses and other organisations which has helped us to develop our plans.

This consultation is the latest stage in these plans and is an important opportunity for you to shape the Lower Thames Crossing.

To have your say, follow this link https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/ltc/consultation/ for more information and to access the response form – this should only take a few minutes. Please tell them what you think by 23:59 on 20 December.

You can also subscribe to email alerts and stay in touch via Twitter – @LowerThames – to hear about the latest developments.

If you have any questions, you can call the Highways England helpline on 0300 123 5000 between 9am and 5pm, or email ltc@highwaysengland.co.uk Monday to Saturday.

THE GREENWAY

The display of wild flowers along the West side of the Greenway has been excellent this year but it has to be managed or it will disappear. Once the flowering season is over the flowers are allowed time to set seed. The long grass has then to be cut down, allowed to dry and removed or it prevents the wild flowers germinating for next year’s display. The act of cutting the long grass causes any wild flower seed not already distributed to fall to the ground. When the cuttings are raked up tufts of dead grass are raked up too, giving the wild flowers more chance to flourish.

The cutting and clearing has now been completed and some overgrown hedge and undergrowth has also been cut and removed from the East side. We have been careful not to cut too much of the ivy, which is covered in berries that will ripen and provide a wild bird food source during mid to late winter, when food is in very short supply. Although some nettles are cut to prevent their incursion onto the bridleway itself we are conscious that nettles are a valuable breeding ground for butterflies and other wildlife and they are, as far as possible, left alone for that reason. There is a plentiful supply of nettles on the East side so we will keep them down on the West side to prevent them choking the wild flowers. Some further tidying of the East side is still to be completed and there are one or two low hanging branched, which also need to be removed over the next week or two.

If we have done everything well we hope to see a good display of flowers next year. We intend sowing some more wild flower seed for next year’s display and have some native wild flowers which have yet to be planted and will add to the moral variety.

Many of you will have noticed the grass growing on the foot/cycle traffic area which, if left will cause damage to the path surface. We will be applying weed killer to this grass very soon. We will use a systemic weed killer is harmless to humans and animals once it has dried on the plant leaves. It also neutralises and becomes harmless when it comes into contact with the soil. We will post notices when we start the weed killing.

…and Finally

We are pleased to announce that our application for 100 free hedge tree whips to The Conservation Volunteers organisation has been successful.  These will be delivered at the end of the month and will be used to refurbish the old Parish hedge that runs alongside the Saxon Way development  off Cripple Street.  We will be undertaking this project jointly with Tovil Parish Council and hope a number of our members will be able to volunteer their services to help implement this project.

TRAFFIC SURVEY

At 6 00am on Tuesday 16th October we started our latest Traffic Survey. We needed to know the number of traffic movements north and south on Sutton Road compared to the number of traffic movements north and south on Loose Road. Our instinct was that Loose Road carried more traffic. By the end of the first two hour ‘shift’ some 5000 vehicles had been counted and the pollution from the exhaust fumes was obvious and unpleasant.

By the end of the survey at 7 00pm we had counted over 33000 vehicles and Loose Road indeed carried 6% more traffic than Sutton Road. That might not seem that significant but it is a difference of a 1000 vehicles and with the average length of a vehicle being about 12 feet, it is the equivalent of a ‘nose to tail’ line of traffic well over 2 miles long. Once we have analysed all the data we will present our findings to MBC.

LOOSE “ENDS”

Our October meeting welcomed 30 members who enjoyed a very interesting talk by Bryn Cornwall about the work of the Valley Conversation Society.

Bryn described the history, work completed and on-going maintenance that has taken place in and around Crisbrook Mill during the past 18 years.

The Loose Ends Club for our more senior residents continues to be hugely popular. It is held on the third Wednesday of the month between 1 45 and 3 45pm at the Y Centre. There is a talk on Flower Arranging with a Christmas theme in November followed by the Christmas lunch in December of course with music from the great Mick Abbott. Please email richard@northloose.co.uk for more details