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MANGRAVET WOOD

At 08.30 Thursday 16th January 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 two thirds of the path and will be taking delivery of another 15 tons of aggregate on 23rd January.

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.  We have now completely laid the base layer along the whole length of the footpath and laid 70% of the top layers length too.

This means we now only have 3 ton left to lay.  We will be completing this work during our normal monthly working party in Mangravet  Wood on Saturday 1st February, starting at the earlier time of 09 30.

Once again the NLRA would like to thank Millwood Homes for their generous donation towards this project, which has funded most 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

LOOSE THREADS

An interesting read from the early 1900s

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

 

Dog Fouling

 

“LOOSE “ENDS”

January Quiz

Phillip Patton set the questions for six rounds of a hotly contested quiz at the January meeting of the North Loose ends. Although there were clear winners the difference between the scores of the first and last teams was fairly small and everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The next meeting will be at the new time of 1.30 p.m on Wednesday, 19th February and will feature a talk by a member of the Kent Association for the Blind.

 

.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.

IN LOVING MEMORY

My husband Peter and I moved to North Loose nearly 40 years ago.   We originally lived on the main Loose Road.   Most days he would walk down to Luckys Papershop (even after Sainsburys opened) and buy his Daily Mail which he enjoyed very much especially the puzzles.

Four years ago he was diagnosed with Mesothelioma which he inherited from time he worked at Aylesford Paper Mills.  Although we knew this would be terminal it was a great shock when he went into hospital in August and never came home again.

When I saw the tree had been struck down near Luckys in a recent storm I thought it would be an ideal place to plant a tree in his memory and am most grateful to North Loose Residents Association  for allowing me to do this.  I shall look forward to seeing it hopefully thrive in the coming years.

Val Sime

RICHMOND WAY GREEN

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.