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On Saturday 12th August our Cake Stall, as part of the NLRA stand at the YMCA Fun Day raised £66 which was jointly shared with the YMCA.

Our thanks go to the volunteers who donated the appetizing variety of cakes for visitors to buy throughout the afternoon.


Flowers cut down 

We registered the community’s concerns at the cutting down of the wild flowers on the Loose Greenway.

We have received this reply which we print for everyone’s information:

From: david.munn@kent.gov.uk
Sent: Monday, July 3, 2017 3:33 PM
To: seancarter@northloose.co.ukThank you for your email to Colin, which he has passed to me for attention.I am sorry that this has occurred and it seems to be the result of a breakdown in communication – the path has been on our annual clearance schedules for many years and it looks like the message was not passed to the Area PROW Officer that it should be removed follow the improvement works, so she left it on when they were revised and re-issued this year.Now that she is aware of it the path will not be given its second cut this year and will be removed from the schedule for future years and will only receive cuts when complaints are received about it becoming overgrown, so hopefully there will not be a repeat in the future.Kind regards
David Munn, West Kent Area Manager – Public Rights of Way & Access Service, Kent County Council


Greenway Update – We are to receive 7000 new seeds for distribution along the Greenway.



A group of about 30 members and 3 dogs gathered Saturday 8th July for a walk around the North Loose Boundary. The 4 mile walk, which started at the YMCA Sports Centre in Melrose Close, took about 2 hours and was followed by refreshments after the finish back at the YMCA.

A good afternoon was enjoyed by one and all.


Maidstone Council Local Plan has been approved.
Some items of interest to local resident:
–      Boughton Lane Surgery proposed improvements
–      Bus lane on Sutton Road will happen
–      Loose Valley conservation enhancement
–      Wheatsheaf junction planned improvements:  exhibition to be held
–      Boughton Lane x 2 sites have been withdrawn completely  (until housing allocations are reconsidered in the future)
–      Stronger protection for ancient woodland
–      Neighbourhood Development Plans acknowledged
–      Back garden development will not be looked on favourable

Road/street names in need of repair – NLRA is collating this information.  Please contact a committee member if your road applies.

Richmond Way green space – still more delays from Maidstone Council.   Further action will be taken by NLRA if no movement soon.

NLRA Neighbourhood Plan has been put forward to the RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) for consideration for an award.   We will make a presentation in London at the end of August.

Wheatsheaf Parade – Following complaints from residents, the Council has cancelled the existing contract to empty commercial bins.

Loose Greenway overflowing sewer – site meetings are being held with Southern Water regarding this problem.

Boughton Parade frontage improvements – this initiatve is well in hand and an application for a licence has been submitted to Kent Highways.

Loose Ends Club continues to thrive – next meeting will be a quiz on Wednesday 6th September 2-4pm at the Y Centre.







About Us

Did you know?

There are 2500 houses in our area.

There are over 50 business premises in our area.

The area stretches 1.2 miles north to south and 0.8 mile west to east. Click here to see a map of our area

That 1,300 vehicles pass the fire station every hour during the working day.

That we have two pieces of ancient woodland in the area.

There are four listed buildings – Bockingford Farmhouse, Loose Court, Osborne House and Shernolds.

Records show that the Swan Inn dates back to 1799



The North Loose Residents’ Association was formed in 2003 to fight a proposed Tesco development for a superstore which was eventually withdrawn.

Over the years the NLRA has become a significant force with its membership passing the 1,000 mark in 2012.

It works closely with South Ward councillors to achieve the best results possible from planning applications and residents’ concerns.

Our periodic newsletter, “The Review”, has now been distributed, any members who have not received their copy should contact Rhiannon, our Membership Secretary, at membership@northloose.co.uk .


Community Litter Pick Day

A group of volunteers assembled at Mangravet Wood on Tuesday 27th June to pick up litter around our area, ending at Boughton Parade.

Thanks to all our volunteers for all your help which produced about 25 bags of rubbish. The area is now a lot better for clearing so much litter. Special thanks to Derek Mortimer for supplying litter pickers and bags as well as arranging for MBC to collect the bags. Also thanks to Philip Patton for his expert photography.

Enterprise Road area –we will run a litter pick here later in the year.  Details to follow soon.