Tax credit changes will hammer families in Tonbridge and Malling

4,700 families in Tonbridge and Malling will lose out under Conservative plans to cut tax credits.

Figures produced by the House of Commons Library show over three million low-income working families currently in receipt of tax credits will see their entitlement reduced, as part of the Government’s proposals.

The change will mean a total loss of 4,700,000 to families in Tonbridge and Malling, with the average family losing £1000 a year.

Despite claims from the Conservatives that those affected will benefit from plans to increase the minimum wage, the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has said Tory figures don’t stack up.

IFS analysis shows a £1000 average loss will only be offset by £200 as a result of the new minimum wage.


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East Malling: Chapel Street residents carve pumpkins to stop speeding

Haunting messages are lighting up East Malling’s streets in a quirky attempt to scare motorists into cutting their speed.

The residents’ road safety campaign looks set to put the frighteners on motorists - with a bank of seasonal signs carved from pumpkins urging drivers to slow down.

Glow-in-the-dark designs were dreamt up by handy homeowners along Chapel Street.


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New powers used to take on anti-social behaviour in East Malling

Warning letters sent to seven addresses across East Malling

Police officers in Tonbridge and Malling are the first in the county to use new powers designed to tackle anti-social behaviour. Officers from the area’s community safety unit attended seven addresses across East Malling on Thursday 8 October to issue civil injunction warning letters under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. These were handed out to youths in the presence of their parents or guardians and prevent them from behaving anti-socially and carrying items that are likely to cause damage or injury. 

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Jobs boost as online giant Amazon opens distribution hub in New Hythe Business Park, Larkfield

The new warehouse will mean parcels will be transported to Larkfield and sorted, before being delivered to people’s homes.

Amazon’s delivery station will be based at the New Hythe Business Park, off College Road and will open later this month.


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Question by Trudy Dean to Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport


The A20 between Borough Green and Coldharbour, Aylesford has been accepted as exceeding its capacity by Kent Highways, and is subject to high levels of congestion daily. It is also the emergency relief diversion route for M20 when closures occur. Can the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport please update the Council on the current progress on feasibility studies to relieve congestion particularly at junctions? In his reply will he please include the feasibility work being done on j5 slip roads to M25.


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New Housing Sites map published for Borough

Under Government legislation Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council is reviewing its Local Plan that sets out planning policies for the whole area.

It is under that plan that sites such as Peters Village, Wouldham: Kings Hill: and Leybourne Grange are being developed. It also sets out policies for employment land, recreation, countryside protection, and the extent of the Green Belt and so on.

Under Government changes Councils were required to issue a "Call for Sites" so developers could come forward to suggest new sites for housing development. The whole plan is being reviewed but providing more houses across England is seen as a priority.


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Tonbridge and Malling Council Abolish Area Planning Committees!

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council is considering abolishing its Area Planning system and replacing it with a single committee of about 13 councillors to decide planning applications across the Borough.

Since when the council was formed in 1974 the council has been divided into three areas each with its own planning committee on which all the councillors for those wards or parishes sit and have a vote.


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Improved Bus services for Tonbridge and Malling from 2nd August 2015

Arriva Bus Services are making a number of changes to their services in the Maidstone, Larkfield and Snodland area from the above date, giving more frequent buses on some routes and improved evening and Sunday services for Larkfield and Snodland.


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Figures released by the Department for Health shows the Conservative Government is planning a 4.040 cut to the public health budget in Kent. The budget pays to help improve people’s health so there is less pressure on the NHS.


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David Cameron has shown he cares less about the rights of the British people he does about placating his frothing-at-the-mouth anti-European backbenchers

In Coalition the Tories said they would abolish the Human Rights Act as quickly as possible if they had their own way.

They also threatened to walk away from the European Convention on Human Rights, with no guarantee about what would come in its place.


The only reason they could not follow through on their plans is because they were blocked time and again by the Liberal Democrats.

Now David Cameron – presiding over a wafer-thin majority and held to ransom by the swivel-eyed right wingers on his backbenches – is back on the war path.

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