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…at the Boughton Lane Junctionshops

Faced with the possibility of huge increases in the house building programme which would severely affect our area, the NLRA organised another Traffic Survey. Twenty eight of our members immediately responded to a call for help to run the survey.

It focussed on the Loose Road/Boughton Lane/Cripple Street Junction and was run from six o’clock in the morning until eight o’clock at night Thursday 7th November. There has not been time to study the figures in depth but a quick check shows that traffic levels are still increasing. In one of our surveys seven years ago Boughton Lane had just over 3000 traffic movements in a day, in our latest survey that figure has risen to over 4400.

We will put up more details once we have analysed all the figures.


Frequent spells of rain have prevented the NLRA volunteers doing much work on the Greenway in recent weeks. The dead flowers have been cut down and removed and a good harvest of Corn Cockle seed will be used to resew areas previously covered by nettles. More nettles still need to be dug out and seeding and planting of flowers can commence once this has been completed. We hope to get a dry day or two to enable the weed killing of grass and weeds on the pathway before they take too strong a hold.

The next work party is  on Thursday 24th October – meet at 10am on the Greenway by the cut through to Westwood Road.   If you can attend, could you please bring with you spades, forks and pruning equipment?

For future information, all dates are on our Calendar tab.   We may use some of these dates to carry out work elsewhere in our area, in which case these changes will be notified on our website.


An interesting read from the early 1900s

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


Dog Fouling


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.


Community Support Officer

Thirty Eight members attended the North Loose Ends for the November meeting on Wednesday to hear an interesting talk from the Community
Support Officer on the scope and nature of her work.

This was followed by a fiercely contested quiz, which rounded off the afternoon.





The next meeting will take place at 1.45 p.m. on Wednesday,20th November when Pam Hayward will demonstrate making a Christmas Wreath.


Two litter picks have been held recently, at Armstrong Road and Boughton Parade.

Over the two days 14 volunteers collected a total of 20 bags of litter.

Our next Litter Pick is Thursday 14th November, 9:30 in Pheasant Lane.


.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.



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