Your Parish Council has been working with KCC Highways to try to slow down traffic in Lynsted and Kingsdown.
 
Village gates have been installed in Kingsdown and we continue to negotiate for a 30mph speed limit here.
 
In Lynsted, 30mph repeater signs have been installed and 30mph roundels have been painted on the road from the A2 on the first bend after initial houses, at Cambridge Lane, at Hillbarn House, between Bogle Lane and Swedish Houses, between Swedish Houses and the school, and at The Vallance.
 
One of the new roundels and repeater signs can be viewed HERE
 
A “Pedestrians on Road” warning sign has been installed at HalfAcre House.
 
Another “Pedestrians on Road” sign should be installed early in 2023 by the New Graveyard.
 
Broken reflective bollards from the New Graveyard to Claxfield Lane have been reported and should be replaced in the New Year.
 
We are also negotiating with Kent County Council for a “rumble strip” before the Swedish Houses.
 
Further improvements being discussed are:
 
•  a 20mph speed limit between Swedish Houses and The Vallance
•  warning/painted lines “narrowing” the road from Toll Lane to the Lynsted village gate.
At a meeting of Swale Borough Council last night, our Parish Council chairman tabled a question addressed to the Leader. He asked for reassurance, given the delay to the Local Plan process, that all inappropriate and non-allocated speculative planning applications would be refused in order to protect our precious green spaces.  He also requested a clear timetable for public communication and engagement in advance of the next Regulation 19 consultation.  A transcript of the questions and answers can be viewed HERE
 
The draft Local Plan had previously included 1,400 new houses in Lynsted and Teynham, an area lacking in facilities and infrastructure as well as suffering from high levels of traffic congestion and poor air quality.  It was also proposed to construct a bypass over agricultural land in Lynsted which would have split the Parish in two.
This year’s Remembrance Day service was held on Sunday November 13th at St Peter & St Paul Church in The Street.  Led by the Rev Canon Dr Steve Lillicrap, Rector of Kingsdown Creekside and High Downs, the community gathered to pay tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives in defence of our nation in the two World Wars.
 
Members of the congregation read out the names of the fallen from Lynsted, Teynham and Norton.  
 
Parish Council chairman, Julien Speed, laid a wreath on behalf of the parish - as did Lloyd Bowen for the Mayor of Swale and representatives from Teynham and Norton Parish Councils.  The wreaths can be viewed HERE
 
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.  
 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them

If you've always wanted to know the answer to that question, there's a fascinating event on Wednesday 16 November hosted by the Lynsted with Kingsdown Society.  Sue Lamberton will give a practical talk on the clothing worn by men and women in medieval times.  All welcome, admission is just £3 on the door for non-members.  Light refreshments are included.

The event starts at 8pm at Lynsted Church in The Street, Lynsted.  See the poster HERE

A new waste bin has been installed in the Parish, following a request by a resident who mentioned problems with dog mess in Tickham Lane.  The new bin is situated where the road turns at a right angle from Nouds Lane towards Norton Lane.  It’s at the entrance to the orchard leading to The Plough public house in Lewson Street.
 
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Being the entrance to a footpath, it will benefit dog walkers using the pathway.
 
The new bin can be viewed HERE
Swale Council has put its Local Plan for the Borough on hold.  The Policy & Resources Committee have agreed a recommendation by officers to "postpone Regulation 19 consultation until the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill gains Royal Assent or there is greater certainty regarding national policy direction in relation to the local plan system”.

The draft Local Plan, which attracted overwhelming opposition from residents, would have meant the construction of up to 1,400 extra new houses on greenfield sites in Teynham and Lynsted - an area lacking in facilities and infrastructure, as well as suffering from high levels of traffic congestion and poor air quality.

It is expected to be delayed for 12-18 months.  The report by Council planning officers highlighted that any consultation taking place during the next 12 months or so is likely to need to be re-done to take into account revisions to national policy.

Cllr Julien Speed, chairman of Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council, welcomed the move:

“I called for the Swale Local Plan process to be halted as long ago as October last year in view of expected changes to Government planning policy.  Yesterday, new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed his commitment to a strategy of brownfield-first.  

“None of the five options in their most recent consultation would have delivered the right development for the Borough.  It would have meant submitting an unsound plan to the Government's inspector, with little chance of it being approved.

“We now face ongoing uncertainty around Swale Council’s emerging thinking on development plots and planning strategy.

“During this hiatus, we need transparency on their evidence base and assessment criteria - with a programme of engagement to bring the community with them as opposed to presenting us with a fait accompli.

“In the meantime, the Council needs to resist speculative planning applications across the Borough.  All out-of-scale developments should be refused until the picture becomes clearer”.  
Trees for Farms will be in the Parish of Lynsted with Kingsdown on 19th and 20th November, planting around 370m of native species hedgerow.  Trees for Farms is a local initiative based in Swale, which aims to enable the local community to work with farms to plant new hedges as a way of creating a species-rich habitat for many kinds of wildlife and thus increasing local biodiversity. 
 
Trees for Farms have created 1000m of new hedgerow in the local area since 2020 - with another 500m planned this season.  This equates to a total of 7000 trees!
 
If you’d like to get involved, click HERE for their contact details.  You don’t need specialist knowledge and you don’t even have to be able to dig.
The Parish Council notice boards in Lynsted and Kingsdown have been given a rub down and fresh coat of paint.  Click HERE to see the ‘before’ and the ‘after’…  
 
We have three notice boards in the Parish - on the Lynsted side of London Road, opposite the Black Lion and in Kingsdown.  The agendas for monthly Parish Council meetings are posted up on these boards, as well as newsletters and other helpful information.  

Our Annual Parish Council Meeting will be held on Monday 26 September at 7.30pm at Lynsted Church. Speakers include Parish Council chairman Julien Speed and Cllr Alastair Stewart who will talk on water quality. All residents of Lynsted and Kingsdown are welcome.  Free refreshments will be provided. See more details HERE

 

It is with great sadness that we join the nation in mourning the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  A Book of Condolence has now been placed in Lynsted Church.  When the Church is locked, the Book will be left on a table in the porch - so residents can pay their respects at any time of day or night.

Books of condolence are also now open at Swale House, Sittingbourne and at Teynham Community Hall.  Alternatively, you can write your tribute in the online book of condolence at:
 

Long Live The King!