East Ward Updates

Quick news items from your local Liberal Democrat team.

48 Grecian Street - Despite two refusals of Planning Consent for land to the rear of 48 Grecian Street yet another planning application has been received, this time for four three bedroom houses. Councillor Dave Naghi has formally objected to the proposal as it still impacts negatively on the residents of Grecian Street and Waterlow Road. Additionally he has asked that if the planning department were minded to approve the application it be referred to the Planning Committee so that Councillors rather than officers can determine the application and allow local residents to have their say.

The 30mph zone - Along the Sittingbourne Road has been extended from Tudor Avenue to the Chiltern Hundreds roundabout, the cost paid for by Ian Chittenden’s devolved KCC budget.

Speed Indicator device – The new unit which is to be installed on the up lane in Sittingbourne Road, again using Ian’s devolved budget, will be installed in mid-summer in the new financial year.

Replacement Trees – Four new trees to replace those removed for safety reasons have been planted in Crayford Close, Curzon road and Holland Road. Unfortunately the replacement for the one in Sittingbourne Road, cannot be installed because of the locality of underground Services and will therefore be planted on the green space at the top of Hampton Road next to Bearsted Road.

The Fuzzies - House builders Persimmons are proposing to build 35 houses on “the Fuzzies” which is the green-field site between ancient Heath Wood and Old Sittingbourne Road to the West of Eclipse Park. The site is included in the Draft Local development Plan. The site should be protected under the Kent Downs AONB Management Plan (Policy LLC8). The site supports protected wildlife including Viviparous Lizard, Slow Worm, Bee Orchid and many more.

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