Buses in Lynsted and surrounding areas are being threatened by proposed cuts to subsidies by Kent County Council. These services are vital to many elderly and disabled residents who rely heavily on public transport, as well as children who take these buses to school.
KCC Councillor Rich Lehmann is opposing these cuts and has produced a flier which you can view HERE
Please respond to the consultation by 20 April 2022.
Kent County Council are proposing to make savings by reducing the money they spend on subsidising some unprofitable bus services – mainly in more rural areas, in the evenings and at weekends.
They are looking at ending 48 contracts with a total value of £3 million, which would affect around 55 supported bus services from Summer 2022.
More information and details on the proposed changes to services can be found here: https://letstalk.kent.gov.uk/bus-funding-reductions
Cuts that would affect Lynsted with Kingsdown include:
Newnham, Doddington, Lynsted, Teynham, Bapchild and Conyer to Sittingbourne
Teynham to Faversham schools
Conyer to Lynsted Primary School
Sittingbourne to Kenilworth Court / Conyer
The Kent Karrier dial-a-ride service would also be withdrawn and of course other buses used by Lynsted residents will also be affected.
The consultation closes on 20 April 2022.
... but Head of Planning "calls in" the application. Swale’s Planning Committee voted UNANIMOUSLY last night to reject the proposal to build 10 houses on agricultural land East of Lynsted Lane. Whilst the application was only for ten homes, the developers made clear in their submission to the Local Plan consultation that their ultimate aim is to build 50 houses on this plot.
It would cause traffic congestion and air pollution in the narrow Lynsted Lane to deteriorate further. Residents who currently park their cars outside their own homes would be forced to park further down the lane on a blind bend. And pedestrian access would be through a busy joinery yard.
The Parish Council would like to thank our ward councillors, Mike Whiting and Lloyd Bowen, for supporting the objections from residents. Thanks also to all the parishioners who wrote in with their comments, spoke up at the site visit and provided photographic evidence.
Around 40 Lynsted residents travelled to Swale House to observe the committee’s deliberations, and many more watched online - demonstrating the strength of opposition to this development.
After the unanimous vote, Swale's head of planning James Freeman decided to "call in” the application. This means a report will be prepared looking at any reasons why the developer might win if they were to appeal and the cost implications for ratepayers if the Council were to lose. This then gets referred back to the planning committee for a final decision.
The application for planning permission to build five houses on land East of Cellar Hill in Lynsted has been refused by officers at Swale Borough Council. Here are the reasons given for the refusal.
1. The erection of five new dwellings on this site would introduce a prominent and intrusive form of development which would be harmful to the character and appearance of the countryside and could encourage sporadic development in the countryside which is unacceptable as a matter of principle.
2. The proposed development, by virtue of its location, design and scale would create development which will adversely affect the settings of the Cellar Hill & Greenstreet conservation area and the nearby listed buildings, which would cause considerable harm to the special character of the conservation area and to the special interest of the nearby listed buildings.
3. Cambridge Lane and Cellar Hill by reason of their restricted width, poor alignment and substandard junctions with Lynsted Lane and Canterbury Road (A2) are considered unsuitable to serve as a means of access to the proposed development and any increase in the use of these lanes and junctions will be prejudicial to road safety and significantly harm the character of these rural lanes.
4. The proposed development would not conserve, enhance or extend biodiversity or provide for biodiversity net gain. It will result in significant harm to biodiversity and orchard trees on the site and the compensatory measures/mitigation does not outweigh the harm of the proposal as a whole.
TONIGHT (Thursday) the planning committee meets to decide whether to approve or refuse the application to build 10 (but ultimately 50) houses on agricultural land East of Lynsted Lane. The meeting will be held at Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne starting at 7pm.
All Lynsted residents are invited to attend in person.
The latest representation sent by the Parish Council to committee members can be seen HERE