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            Parish Report

  The good news is that it’s been a lovely summer in Teynham – we like to start
our Parish Report with good news – but we’re swiftly following it with more
disappointing information. But before that, we can at least report on a colourful
and much-enjoyed Teynham Carnival in July, and a well-attended and suc-
cessful charity Boot Fair on the Frognal Lane playing field in August.

  There’s been an outbreak of petty criminality and vandalism in the area –
such a shame when so many people do everything they can to make Teynham
a pleasant place to live in. There’s been reports of criminal damage to parked
cars, attempted break-ins to property, and even the vandalism – for the second
time – of cigarette butt bins on the outside wall of Teynham’s Community Hall.
More seriously, a PA amplifier and two microphones were stolen from the hall
and had to be urgently replaced in time for an important charity event there.
That theft was reported to the police but it seems other criminal acts went un-
reported – except on some occasions, through social media. The police ask
elsewhere in this edition of Teynham News that all such incidents should be re-
ported, however trivial they may seem or however unsuccessful the attempted
break-in proved to be.

  Since the last edition of Teynham News was circulated, Swale Borough
Council’s Local Plan has officially been adopted. The two major sites in Teyn-
ham earmarked for development – off Frognal Lane and behind Station Road
– are therefore now officially accepted as suitable to be built on.

  The next step for the Frognal Lane development is for detailed proposals to
be lodged. In the meantime, many will have noticed digging going on at the
site. These are archaeological investigations and are a prerequisite for such
a planning application. The work involved digging a series of trenches so ar-
chaeologists can record anything discovered and produce a report.

  Bovis, the developers seeking to build on the site behind Station Road, are
not as far forward and have yet to seek outline planning permission. As part of
their preparation, Bovis held a public exhibition at the Community Hall which
was attended by at least 150 people. Bovis representatives were given a lot
of feedback about the proposals and promised the observations will be taken
into account when preparing their plans. Access to the site appeared to be one
of the hottest topics being discussed, along with vehicle parking along upper
Station Road, the A2/Station Road junction and pollution in that vicinity, the
availability of school places, and the shortage of local doctors.

  That was one of several busy days at the Community Hall, which continues to
be a major asset to the village. Among those getting good use of the hall were
organisers of a quiz night and coffee mornings to raise funds for the care of

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