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HELPERS LUNCH

How to have a nice relaxing lunchtime with coffee or wine and nice food to eat. Become a volunteer with the N.L.R.A. Once a year we say thank you to all those helpful people delivering newsletters, doing traffic counts, looking after planters, picking up litter, working on the Greenway and Mangravet Wood etc., for the last year. What a lovely group of people you are. We then start our new lists from November onward

We appreciate all your help so thank you once again from the NLRA committee.

 

TRAFFIC SURVEY 

…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.

LOOSE GREENWAY – UPDATE 

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.

LOOSE THREADS

An interesting read from the early 1900s

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

 

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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.

“LOOSE “ENDS”

Yuletide Wreaths

A good attendance of members at the November meeting of Loose Ends were entertained by Pam Hayward, who demonstrated various techniques for making Yuletide wreaths.

Following the demonstration the four wreaths which she made were raffled off to members together with some house plants donated by a member. In appreciation of Pam’s demonstration a donation was made to her nominated charity, the Alzheimers Society at Dairy Court.

 

The next meeting will be our Christmas Party on 18th December.

LITTER PICK

On Thursday 14th November 2019, 10 volunteers turned out for the last of 3 litter picks organised by the NLRA this Autumn. The last litter pick covered Mangravet Playing Field and the surrounding footpaths.

The volunteers filled 22 rubbish bags, mainly drinks bottles and cups and plastic wrapping. Of the more unusual items found these included a transformer, two large sections of double glazing, the Newel Post to a bannister and a large plastic drum. The mind boggles as to how some of this rubbish gets there.

The NLRA Committee would like to thank all those who have helped this Autumn.

The NLRA will be organising a programme of litter picks to coincide with the Great British Spring Clean Week in 2020.  Watch out for more details in the New Year.

MANGRAVET WOOD

On Tuesday 12th November 5 volunteers joined the first of two planned special working parties in Mangravet Wood, to commence the preparatory work for the footpath through the woods.

The work involved fixing the path edging into place using previously felled dead wood timber, held in place by iron bars bent into a u-shaped pin to hold the timber in place. Behind this the group laid more felled dead wood to reinforce the edging and act as a barrier to deter access into the wood.

On Saturday 16th November 2019 seven volunteers joined our regular monthly working party in Mangravet Wood. One team completed the felling of the marked dead wood, whilst another cut back overgrowing vegetation in Pheasant Lane. One final group contined the never ending task of removing brambles.

It was a very successful morning and our thanks go to all the hard working volunteers.

For more information on this ongoing project, please contact David Southgate on david@northloose.co.uk.

.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