Forthcoming Vote for the Methodist Church Building
As reported last month, if the Heart of Headcorn Project wins the bid for the former Methodist Church building, Headcorn Parish Council has agreed to ask parishioners whether they would support it for a Public Works Board Loan. This would provide financial support in the same way as the Parish Council supported the Village Hall.
At this stage (1st March) the Parish Council awaits confirmation of the likely amount required and timing. Once this information is confirmed a meeting date will be set. Parishioners will be invited to attend and vote about this loan proposal.
Neighbourhood Plan News
Following on from last month's report about the draft neighbourhood plan, the Parish Council awaits confirmation from Maidstone Borough Council that the draft is approved for a parishioners' vote.
The Parish Council will announce when the draft - and vote - is ready.
(The submission of a Neighbourhood Plan should provide some planning guidelines and CIL payment criteria for the future. It is the only mechanism available to allow our community any voice on planning issues.)
Following on from the report last month about the introduction of speed monitoring devices there is one avenue being explored to introduce a short 20mph zone in Kings Road. This could operate in school hours only. The advantage of such a timed zone is that it would enable all surrounding areas with a 30mph limit to continue to be enforced when a blanket 20mph zone in the entire area would not.
The Parish Council will update parishioners when any conclusion to this is drawn.
Email the Clerk: Clerk@headcornpc.org.uk
Street Party Deadline for Platinum Jubilee Celebrations 2022
If you are thinking of holding a street party for Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June this year, Kent County Council will be issuing a county-wide road closure notice to applicants for small estates and cul-de-sacs for no fee. However, the deadline is 31st March. Therefore if you want to apply do so before this deadline. You can find the application form on the link below.
Anyone seeking a closure notice for larger streets will have to apply and pay the relevant fee to KCC.
There will be some activities planned by the Parish Council to celebrate. This includes the lighting of our beacon, alongside all other parishes in the country. The beacon will be lit at around 9.45pm on Thursday 2nd June. A bugler and a choir on will also perform then too. Everyone is invited to come along to this event and to organise their own celebrations. Also at another date the planting of seven trees is being organised to commemorate each decade of The Queen’s service.
Rev'd Fiona Haskett will also be organising a Big Picnic event at Parsonage Meadow and a celebratory Singalong.
More details here:
Natural Burial Ground
For quite some time there has been an ambition to utilise a small parcel of land - formerly Redhill Stables - on Lenham Road to develop as a natural burial ground for the community. The land is currently owned by MBC and now this has reached a conclusion. MBC has offered the land to a natural burial ground provider. This is in the early stages at the moment but when more details are confirmed they will be publicised here.
To help our hardworking lengthsmen get about the parish the Parish Council will be purchasing a second hand truck. The team are often travelling from one end of the Village to another with equipment and this will ensure they can do more, faster!
Traffic Lights at Kings Road
The Parish Council would be interested to know whether parishioners might be in favour of pedestrian crossings being introduced at the King's Road traffic lights. There is no certainty that even if the view was in favour that KCC would allow it. But before putting a request in your opinions are sought.
Improving Air Quality
As you may know, idling vehicles contribute to reduced air quality and HPC is doing what it can to discourage idling vehicles. Signs have been installed in King's Road to remind those dropping off and collecting children from school to turn off their engines.