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19th October at Loose Junior School

It seemed like a terrific idea at the time to do a Music Round featuring the music of the great sixties guitarist Duane Eddy. Unfortunately, there seems to be a distinct lack of people in the North Loose area (or anywhere else for that matter) who can do rebel yells or stomping tenor sax solos. Without those essentials it would have sounded rather thin. Also, it seemed a little unkind to all the under 70’s who probably have never heard of the man. But, as Peter Gunn would say it’s Because They’re Young.

This year is the 50th Anniversary of man landing on the moon so the choice should have been obvious. The Quiz Night Music Round will be all about the Moon and other heavenly bodies – no, not mine.

If you haven’t booked yet, we still have a few tables left. Please contact alan@northloose.co.uk if you want to join us for what is always a really enjoyable and lively evening.



The undergrowth on the inside of the chainlink fence at the South end has been cut back to suppress the brambles, stinging nettles and blackthorn which were choking the plants on the Greenway side. This was
done with the consent of the landowner. Attempts had been made to trim back the growth from the Greenway side but it was regrowing so fast it was proving a futile exercise. Ideally the clearance should have been
done in the autumn but with all the other projects to be completed it could not be left until then. The growth which has been cut will be moved once it has dried off a bit and the future growth will be kept under by strimming.

It has been noticed that someone has been dumping rubbish from their garden over the chainlink fence and I noticed fresh lawn mowings there a couple of days ago. This is an offence under the litter act and if the person responsible is caught they will be reported for prosecution. They should do what responsible people do and not clutter up the countryside.

The bank at the Cripple Street entrance has been cleared of nettles and subject to further work will be seeded with grass and interplanted with primroses in the autumn.

Over the next weeks the nettles on the West side of the Greenway will be cut back and removed and the area they occupy will, we hope, be dug over and seeded with more wild flower seed at a later date.

The bank at the Westwood Road entrance will be seeded with grass and we hope to get some trees, probably Silver Birch to plant here and, finances allowing, we hope to place a bench seat at this location
looking out over the valley.

Observations have revealed that the butterflies are attracted to the younger growths of nettles and over the next season we intend to manage the nettles on the East side to provide a continuous supply of young
growth as a butterfly breeding ground.

The wild flowers on the West side, primarily the Lesser and Greater Knapweed, (those purple pink flowers which look a bit like thistle flowers), are now flopping across the path and once they have finished flowering they will be cut down, left to dry out and drop their seed, then removed. They have been a major attraction to insects, particularly bees over the recent months.

Sadly the irresponsible minority of dog owners continue to flout the law and allow their dogs to foul the Greenway and it’s verges. If you see anyone allowing their dogs to foul the Greenway please let us know. If you don’t know who they are a description of the dog(s) and owner would be most helpful. We will not disclose the source of the information but it will help us identify and target the offenders who spoil this valuable resource.

The next work party is  on Thursday 5th eptember – 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.







Development at 466 Loose Road

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

Maidstone Council approved the application 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.




The August meeting of Loose Ends started with an interesting talk by Christine Frost, a member of Loose Ends, on her experiences as a Court Dressmaker.

We then had a short Quiz whilst Phillip Patton set up his keyboard.

The afternoon concluded with an enjoyable singalong session with musical accompaniment from Phillip.

The next meeting at 1.45 p.m.on Wednesday, 18th September at the Y Centre will be a Beetle Drive. Newcomers are always welcome.




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. We now have to register the land at the Land Registry which is a formality although, this can take 2 – 3 months.

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



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



An interesting read from the early 1900s

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


Dog Fouling

Loose Swiss Scouts Coppice sign 4