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On behalf of Marden Parish Council and the residents of Marden we offer our sincere condolences on the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh for his lifelong duty and service to our country and our Monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II. 

Lesley Mannington, Chair, Marden Parish Council.

Marden Parish Council joins the nation in mourning the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

A two minute silence will be held prior to the Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 13th April 2021 at 7.30pm.

Marden Parish Council Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Clerks will be laying a wreath outside Marden Parish Church (by wooden stocks to the left of the main door) on Monday 12th April 2021 at 11am.  Anyone else wishing to lay a floral tribute are invited to do so but please remove all cellophane.  All floral tributes will be removed the day after the funeral by the Parish Council caretaker to be composted at Marden Cemetery.  Cards and notes attached to tributes will be removed and placed with the book of condolence.  A tree will be planted in memory using this compost at a later date.

Please adhere to social distancing at all times.

Book of Condolence - unfortunately due to the current CoVid-19 restrictions the Parish Council will not be having a hard copy of a condolence book for public messages.  If you wish to send a message of condolence please email this to Ali at [email protected], Rachel at [email protected] or send a letter to the Parish Council, Parish Office, Marden Memorial Hall, Goudhurst Road, Marden, Kent TN12 9JX or leave in the letter box at the office.  Messages can also be sent direct to Buckingham Palace.  Once closed the book of condolence will be archived at Kent County Council.

Marden Parish Church will be lowering the flag and this will remain lowered until the day after the funeral ( date to be confirmed) and the tolling of the bells will take place in accordance with guidance from the Diocese.  The Church will also have its own online book of condolence.

Information links:
Marden Parish Church for details of church services: Welcome - St Michael & All Angels, Marden, Kent (mardenchurch.org.uk)
Buckingham Palace:  The British Monarchy (royal.uk)

This page and links will be updated as new information is received.

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.

MARDEN ELECTIONS

On May 6th 2021 there will be four elections being held in Marden Parish:

Parish Council elections:  11 Councillors to be elected
Maidstone Borough Council elections: 1 Councillor to be elected
Kent County Council elections:  1 Councillor to be elected
Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent election: 1 post

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.

Local Plan Review - MBC Local Plan (maidstone.gov.uk)

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

 

CORONAVIRUS

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

http://www.mardenkent-pc.gov.uk/community/marden-parish-council-13394/emergency-committee/

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:

http://www.mardenkent-pc.gov.uk/community/marden-parish-council-13394/policies--procedures/

Government Guidelines for Volunteers on How to Help Safely: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2/coronavirus-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).  

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Please see below for the Accessibility Statement for Marden Parish Council.

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