Return to Office Working
Ali and Rachel have now returned to the Parish Office (from 21st June 2021) after 15 months of having to work from home. They will be working Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with the office being open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 12noon.
Please note the main door will be closed but if you wish to visit them please go to the front window where either Ali or Rachel will be able to help you. If you want to discuss anything confidential please ring the Parish Office (01622 832305) to arrange a date to visit during the office opening times. You will then be invited into the meeting room but will be asked to wear a mask and use hand sanitiser (available in the office if required).
Face to Face Meetings - 11th May onwards
Marden Parish Council now has to meet face to face following the CoVid-19 legislation on virtual meetings ending on 6th May. Cllrs will therefore be meeting in the John Banks Hall on normal meeting nights but due to social distancing space is limited. A full risk assessment is available to view/download on the MPC Documents - Risk Assessments page: Risk Assessments - Marden Parish Council Marden, Tonbridge, Kent - Marden Parish Council, Marden, Tonbridge (mardenkent-pc.gov.uk)
For ease of reference the following number of members of the public can be accommodated:
Full Council (2nd Tuesday of every month): 6 members of the public
Planning (1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month): 9 members of the public
Amenities (4th Tuesday of every month): 9 members of the public
Finance: 11 members of the public
If you wish to attend a meeting please contact the Clerk as once these numbers are met no further public can be permitted to enter the hall. Masks will need to be worn, but may be removed to address the meeting. Masks and hand sanitisers are available at the door.
If you have something you wish to raise either with Council or on an item on the agenda you are welcome to send this to the Clerk prior to the meeting for it to be raised on your behalf.
MARDEN PARISH COUNCIL
IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU WISH TO KNOW OR VIEW AND IT IS NOT HERE PLEASE CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE - 01622 832305
Marden Parish Council was first elected in 1894 and 2019 celebrated 125 years of representing the residents of Marden. Since then it has had 12 Chairmen and 9 Clerks. MPC currently has 11 Councillors, 10 standing for election in 2016, one co-opted following the elections and one elected at the By-Election on 27th June 2019. The next Parish Council elections are due in 2020.
Marden Parish Council is part of Marden, Yalding, Nettlestead and Collier Street Ward within Maidstone Borough Council. Originally Collier Street was part of Marden Parish Council but split away approximately 20 years ago.
The Parish of Marden, which includes Chainhurst, consists of mainly mixed farming and has a population of just over 4000 and with future development of approximately 500 dwellings due in the next few years this will grow tremendously.
MPC owns two areas of open space, one being the main playing field with football pitch and two play areas and the other being a more tranquil area with a play trail and picnic benches. MPC also owns the parish cemetery which opened in 1932 following a compulsory purchase order from a local farm. A new section is due to open within the next year and a further acre is still available for future interments.
Over the years the role of the Parish Council has evolved and now includes running the annual summer play scheme, Christmas activities, managing the public conveniences, play equipment along with every day roles of risk assessments, finance, planning etc.
The 11 new Parish Councillors following the uncontested elections and co-option of 8th June are:
MAIDSTONE LOCAL PLAN REVIEW
LOCAL PLAN REVIEW CONSULTATION - MARDEN PARISH COUNCIL RESPONSE
Maidstone Borough Council held a public consultation (Regulation 18b) about its approach to the Local Plan Review which ended in January 2021.
For full information please click the links below to view on MBC’s website.
Marden Parish Council reviewed the consultation documents and at its meeting on 15th December 2020 approved its response and this was sent to MBC on 17th December.
Although site 309 (Garden Community – North of Marden) has not been included in the preferred approaches consultation and Marden Parish Council, along with many residents, welcome this omission they have still submitted their reasons for this site of unsuitability and unsustainable development (Annex C below).
The two sites that are still included in the preferred Approaches Consultation are site 295 – Land North of Copper Lane (Annex A below) and site 314 – Land East of Albion Road and Councillors have responded in detail on both these sites (Annex B below)
Marden Parish Council has also commented on the content of the Spatial Strategy, Spatial Strategic Policies Document and Policies Map and the Non-Strategic Policies – Development Management Preferred Approaches Document and all the comments can be viewed in Annexes D and E below.
A covering letter has also been sent outlining Marden Parish Council’s concerns – see below
For advice and further information on Coronavirus:
please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response for regular updates. Please follow these guidelines and stay safe.
Marden Parish Council Meetings
Marden Parish Council CoVid-19 Policies and Guidelines for Volunteers and Vulnerable People:
Marden Parish Council Privacy Policies for Volunteers and Vulnerable People March 2020:
Government Guidelines for Volunteers on How to Help Safely:
Marden Food Bank:
Thank you to all the families in the village who have used/are using the new Foodbank. Thank you for your patience while things were set-up and procedures put in place - we are pleased to say that now it is established everything is running well. The Church, Parish Council, Children’s Centre and School, who are all jointly involved with this and are delighted that you, those families who need it the very most, have been able to utilise the facilities, and that as a community we have been able to help meet your needs. We all hope that you are able to continue to access the supplies available and please remember that there is always someone you can contact to help in these difficult times. Please see Marden Parish Church website for further details regarding Marden Food Bank: https://www.mardenchurch.org.uk/mardenfoodbank.htm or email [email protected]
Kent Together - Kent County Council 24 hour helpline:
A 24 hour helpline has been set up to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication. The helpline – called Kent Together – provides a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. To view more details visit https://www.kent.gov.uk/
Bulletin from Helen Grant MP:
https://mailchi.mp/52cfd58411f6/helen-grant-mp-e-communique-february-march-4401203 (please note the contact for Hunton Parish Council should be: Mrs Sharon Goodwin [email protected]
If you wish to receive this bulletins directly please email Helen at [email protected] or sign in on her website www.helengrant.org
Marden Parish Council statement published on it's Facebook Page on 25th March 2020
The response from the community to the current crisis has been overwhelmingly positive and many have indicated that they want to be part of the community response. Many of you are already helping those who are self-isolating or otherwise unable to leave their home at the moment and for that we thank you.
As everyone knows this is a very fast-moving situation and what seemed to be the right answer yesterday, is not necessarily the right answer today. With the change in Government requirements this week many more people will be self-isolating and in need of help.
Now that the Government has announced the setting up of NHS volunteer responders to help those most at risk during the crisis we want to ask all of you who have volunteered to the Parish Council to consider signing up to this service to help those locally most in need with simple but vital tasks such as:
Delivering medicines from pharmacies;
Driving patients to appointments;
Bringing them home from hospital;
Making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.
You can find more information at https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS.
Even if you are self-isolating and you want to help there is a role for you as they are looking for people to provide telephone support.
If you or anyone you know is in immediate need of the NHS volunteer responder service then please let Rachel know using the correct details ([email protected] or 07940 241333 - please note that the mobile and email are only monitored during office hours of 9am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) and the Parish Council will do what we can to help.
Of course there are still many other roles for those who wish to volunteer to help locally, including helping family members, neighbours and friends with activities such as food shopping (but always taking notice of the Government's latest rules and guidance about social distancing etc).
The Children’s Centre, working with the Primary School and Marden Parish Church, are supporting local families in great need during this crisis through a food bank. The Children’s Centre, School, Church and the Parish Council have received donations from residents, some of which are very significant, which will hopefully mean the food bank will be able to continue for as long as this crisis continues. However, help is needed at the food bank, which is located at the Primary School. Volunteers are needed to make deliveries. Please contact Kathy Young on [email protected] to register your help.
Please only volunteer if you are under 70, not in a category that should be self-isolating and are fit and healthy.
Thank you Marden for the tremendous effort so far, sadly this is only the beginning and we could be doing this for several months so please carry on with the good work you are already doing.
MARDEN PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
During this time Marden Parish Council, at its Extra Ordinary Full Council meeting held on 24th March 2020, agreed to hold meetings virtually via email until such time that Councillors could convene in person. All meetings agendas and minutes will now be in the name of "Marden Parish Council Emergency Committee" and a separate page has been set up on the Minutes tab of this website. It may not always be easy to advertise on the library notice board so apologies for this.
From 24th March 2020 to 1st February 2021 all Parish Council issues were discussed at a Full Council meeting and the minutes of these can be found at: Full Council - Marden Parish Council Marden, Tonbridge, Kent - Marden Parish Council, Marden, Tonbridge (mardenkent-pc.gov.uk)
Marden Parish Council has now reverted to Full Council and Committee meetings as follows:
1st Tuesday of each month - Planning Committee
2nd Tuesday of each month - Full Council
3rd Tuesday of each month - Planning Committeee
4th Tuesday of each month - Amenities Committee
A Finance Committee meeting will be arranged each quarter.
All meetings will be held via Zoom and the link to meetings can be found at the end of the relevant agenda.
All agendas and minutes can be found on the relevant Committee page of this website. Any resident who wishes to make comment on any item please let Ali know by 5pm on the Monday week prior to the meeting ([email protected] / 07376 287981) or Rachel, if its an item for Amenities Committee ([email protected] / 07940 241333).
Marden Parish Council is committed to making its website accessible in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Website and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
Please see below for the Accessibility Statement for Marden Parish Council.
We are currently updating our website to ensure it meets these regulations but should you encounter any problems in accessing any information on this website please call the parish office on 01622 832305.