Thousands of residents in Kent are still no closer to knowing whether or not a huge quarry will be built on their doorsteps. The decision on whether Ryarsh will home a huge sand quarry could take another 12 months.
Campaigners have slammed plans to build almost 7,000 new homes in Tonbridge and Malling. Proposals for the properties are now up for consultation in the council's newly publishes local plan. The homes could help relieve the demand, but campaigners are concerned about them being built on Green belt land.
A remarkable u-turn means that a busy West Malling doctor's surgery will be staying open. The West Malling Group Practice services tens of thousands of patients. Despite the group having sold the building, the group will now be able to lease it back from the new owners.
West Malling Parish Council is considering spending thousands of pounds installing security measures to stop travellers pitching up in the area. It comes after neighbouring Leybourne council spent nearly £40,000 to stop them setting up in public spaces.