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Annual parish meeting, Trottiscliffe

Annual Parish Meeting – 4th April 2019


The meeting will take place in the Village Hall

Thursday 4 April 2019 at 7.45 p.m.


1 – Apologies for absence
2 – Minutes of the 2018 Annual Parish Meeting
3 – Chairman’s report
4 – County Councillor’s report
5 – Borough Councillor’s report
6 – Financial report for 2018/19
7 – Report of Village Hall Committee
8 – Report of the School Representative
9 – Members of the public
10 – Any other business

Urbaser: your new waste, recycling & street cleaning service provider for Tonbridge & Malling

Introducing your new recycling, waste & street cleaning service provider

Urbaser Tonbridge Waste Provider - Text version follows images

Urbaser Tonbridge Waste Provider - Text version follows images

Urbaser Tonbridge Waste Provider - Text version follows images

Urbaser Tonbridge Waste Provider - Text version follows images

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A new recycling, waste collection and street cleaning provider

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has appointed Urbaser to take over its recycling, waste collection and street cleaning services from 1 March 2019.

Urbaser is one of the largest resource and cleaning management companies in Europe and the new contract will provide residents with a greatly improved recycling service, as well as street cleaning services.

What will change?

Initially there will be no change to your current collection services.

Your collection days will stay the same for now, although we are pleased to announce that as from 1 March we will be collecting on all bank holidays (except the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day bank holidays). As such, over Easter 2019, we will be collecting on both Good Friday and Easter Monday for the first time. See opposite for a reminder of what we collect.

From 30 September 2019 Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Urbaser will be introducing exciting service improvements including:

  • Separate weekly food waste collections
  • Fortnightly dry mixed recycling collections including plastics, glass & cartons
  • Recycling collections of textiles, household batteries and small electrical appliances

We’ll provide more information about the new services over the coming months, but don’t worry – you’ll get plenty of notice about the changes!

New recycling service roadshows!

Visit our new recycling service roadshows running in spring and summer 2019.

It’s a great opportunity to find out more about your new service provider and the improvements to your collection services. Staff from Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Urbaser will be touring the borough to meet residents and answer any questions about the new service.

Come and see us on Saturday 23 March ~ 9.30am to 2.30pm at The Big Bridge, Tonbridge High Street

We will be posting details of more events on our website, so please check to find out when we will be in your area!

Keep recycling!

Until the new services are introduced, your collections will continue as normal so please keep using your green bins and boxes! Here’s a reminder of your current recycling and waste services.

Current recycling and waste services

What goes in my bin

Green-lidded bin ~ takes food waste, cardboard, garden waste

Green box ~ takes paper, cans, aerosols, kitchen foil

Black wheeled bin ~ non-recyclable waste

More recycling

There are more than 40 recycling sites around the borough where you can recycle many different materials:

  • Plastic bottles, pots & tubs
  • Cans & tins
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • CDs & books
  • Shoes & textiles
  • Newspapers & magazines

If you need to dispose of a large item you can book a bulky collection, or visit one of our Saturday freighter sites.

Use our interactive map to locate your nearest recycling site at:

*New* opt-in garden waste subscription service

From 30 September we are also introducing a new opt-in garden waste service for which there will be a charge. This will help us to significantly improve our recycling collections direct from your home to include plastics, glass and cartons as well as cans, paper and card.

Early Bird offer

If you wish to have your garden waste collected, sign up from Tuesday 7 May to Friday 2 August 2019 to get your Early Bird discount!

Early Bird offer will include:

  • Discounted price of only £35 per year (Full price £40 per year)
  • This price guaranteed for the second year on renewal
  • Continual service when your current garden waste collections end on 27 September 2019

To register from 7 May or for more information and FAQs please visit:

Tel: 01732 876147
Facebook: @tonbridgeandmalling
Twitter: @TMBC_Kent

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Rear of a refuse lorry

TMBC New Waste and Recycling Collection Service 2019

Here are some of the questions about the new service you might be asking. We will provide more questions and answers as and when more details have been finalised.

1. Why is the contract changing?

Tonbridge & Malling’s current contract with Veolia is due to end on 28 February 2019. A new contract is currently being tendered and will commence on 1st March 2019. The new contract is in partnership with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

Whilst this will mean that services will be operated across the two boroughs, but each Council will still manage its own services and deal with its residents’ queries. The new contract will increase efficiency and improve services for local residents.

2. What services are included in the new contract?

The new contract includes:

  • Fortnightly mixed recycling collection
  • Separate weekly food waste collection (see further information)
  • Fortnightly collection of paper & cardboard
  • Fortnightly rubbish collection
  • Opt In fortnightly garden waste collection (see further information)
  • Collection of small electrical items, textiles & household batteries
  • Street Cleansing Services

When the new contract starts on 1st March 2019, services will initially remain the same as they are now, while preparation is made to launch the new recycling collection service.

The new service will be rolled out on a phased basis and is expected to be available to all residents by November 2019. We will keep you informed before any changes take place.

The key service changes are:

Improved recycling collections – you will be able to recycle glass bottles and jars, food and drinks cartons and most types of plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, along with cans and aluminium foil. This will all be collected from your Green Lidded Bin. Paper and cardboard will be collected from your Green box.

Garden Waste will be an opt-in chargeable collection service. When you subscribe to the service you will receive a new 240L wheeled bin which will be for garden waste only. You don’t have to subscribe to the service, you can take garden waste to your nearest household waste recycling centre or compost at home.

For information about home composting and how to purchase a reduced price compost bin please see

(Please see separate FAQ’s for further details on the garden waste service >>).

Food Waste will be collected separately every week from a 23L food waste bin.

This will be for all food waste – cooked and uncooked – including dairy, meat, fish & bones. We will also supply you with a 5L kitchen caddy to store the food waste in until you empty it into the 23L external bin.

(Please see separate FAQ’s for further details on the food waste collection service >>).

3. Will my collection day change?

When we roll out the improved services, collection days will change for many households. This will improve efficiency across the two boroughs, which will include cross boundary working. The new rounds will also be designed with the two depots and the various disposal points in mind to reduce vehicle movements and maximise the time spent collecting you’re recycling & rubbish.

4. How will residents find out about the changes?

A comprehensive communications campaign is planned to ensure all residents are aware of the service changes including:

  • Recycling Leaflet & New Recycling Calendar – you will receive a booklet with details of how to use the new services. Your collection day may change so please check the information carefully. This information will be posted to every household prior to the start of the new service in 2019.
  • Stickers on the lids of the bins will help you to understand what to put into them.
  • Garden waste calendar – residents who subscribe to the garden waste service will receive a separate garden waste calendar.
  • Advertising/Information – via media releases, social media channels and our website
  • Collection vehicles – the new refuse and recycling collection vehicles and some street cleansing vehicles will have signs publicising the changes.
  • Roadshows – we will be visiting various sites around the borough such as supermarkets and high streets. Briefings will also be held at Parish meetings, interest groups etc. Parish Councils will also be asked to help publicise information on their websites and Parish magazines.
  • Schools – visits will be offered to schools in the borough to inform children and staff of the changes

5. Will my usual collection staff change?

The existing collection staff will transfer to the new contractor on 1 st March 2019. However, the new collection services mean that your usual staff may be on different
rounds. This means that they may take a few weeks to learn the new rounds and where bins are left for collection, as well as coming at different times to your current collection time. Please make sure your bins are on the boundary of your property by 7am so they are visible from the road. You can also put your house name/number on them to help reduce missed collections and to make sure you get your bins back.

6. What can I put in my green lidded bin when the new collection
service starts?

  • Glass bottles and jars (no glass oven dishes, glass ornaments, mirrors etc.)
  • Plastic trays (such as meat/food trays, fruit punnets)
  • Plastic pots & tubs (such as yoghurt pots &margarine/ice cream tubs)
  • Plastic bottles (such as milk, juice and cleaning product and shampoo bottles)
  • Aerosols, cans & tins including sweet & biscuit tins
  • Kitchen foil and foil food trays
  • Cartons – juice/milk/soup etc.

Please make sure these are all empty. You don’t have to rinse them out but it does help keep your bin clean.

No plastic bags –thank you! Just put these items in loose.

7. What will go into my green box?

  • Paper (such as newspapers, leaflets, magazines, catalogues, envelopes, “junk” mail)
  • Card/Cardboard – (sleeves from food packaging, cereal boxes, pizza boxes, toilet roll/kitchen roll centres, greetings cards without glitter). Large cardboard boxes should be flattened and placed next to your box.

8. Will I fit all the card/cardboard in my green box?

Flatten any large boxes and put them beside the box on collection day. You can also use any cardboard boxes to store extra cardboard & paper if necessary. We will always supply an extra green box if you want one.

9. What will I put in my black rubbish bin when we will be able to
recycle so much?

  • Plastic film
  • Cellophane
  • Pet food pouches
  • Crisp packets
  • Plastic bags
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Pet bedding/litter
  • Bagged pet waste
  • Nappies/Sanitary items
  • Greetings cards with glitter
  • Broken plastic toys//plant pots etc.
  • Polystyrene packaging
  • Broken crockery/glass ornaments etc.

10. What can’t I put in my black rubbish bin?

  • Garden Waste
  • Food Waste
  • Soil, rubble, tiles bricks – basically no DIY waste
  • Large bulky items
  • Waste Electrical & Electronic items
  • Hazardous materials such as asbestos, car batteries, plasterboard etc.
  • Paint tins containing liquid paint – dried up & empty ones are fine

11. I live in a block of flats, will I be able to recycle more when the
new service is introduced?

You will receive recycling bins to recycle glass bottles and jars, cartons and other plastic packaging, tins, cans and aluminium foil. You will have a separate bin for paper and cardboard. We will look at introducing communal food waste collections where there is space to do so. All residents in each block of flats will be notified once
the new bins are in place.

12. I receive a “pull out” collection – will I still get this?

If you have previously registered for this service, you will still receive it. If you are having difficulty putting your bins on your boundary for collection and need assistance please contact the waste team (details below).

13. Is the Saturday service continuing?

The service will still be provided at the current locations. However, we will no longer accept garden waste on the Saturday Freighter once the new kerbside services have been introduced. Only those who subscribe to the garden waste service will have
their garden waste taken away. It wouldn’t be fair for some people to be able to have theirs taken away free of charge by using the Saturday Service, which is provided for bulky items only. All of the waste collected by the freighter has to be landfilled: it cannot go to the Energy from Waste plant due to its bulky nature.

14. Where is the rubbish / recycling / food waste taken?

Refuse from your black bin is taken to the Allington Energy from Waste plant, where it is burnt to generate electricity. The recycling from your green lidded bin will be sent to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where the different recyclables are separated and sent for re-processing into new products. Food Waste will be sent to Blaise Farm for composting. The composted food waste is then used on local farmers fields as a soil improver to help grow more crops.

15. How will textiles and small Waste Electronic or Electrical Equipment (WEEE) and Household batteries be collected?

We will provide more details once we have discussed this with the selected

16. Will the Council still be providing recycling ‘bring’ sites?

Yes, we will continue to maintain all our sites until the new collection service has been introduced across the borough. Inevitably, the usage of the sites will reduce when people can recycle more materials from home. However, we are aware that we need to retain some core sites in the Borough, for those people who live in flats or may have larger volumes of recycling at certain times of the year.

17. Why should I bother recycling if it all gets dumped in China

In the past there have been exports of poor quality material to China and other countries, however, in Kent we have always tried to make sure material is recovered and recycled as close to home as possible.

For example, in the period 2012/13 – 2016/17, 79% of household waste was processed in Kent, 14.1% other UK destinations and only 6.9% went abroad.

In Tonbridge & Malling, 86.1% of household waste was processed in Kent, 12.8% in other UK destinations and only 1.1% abroad (mostly textiles to Africa). China and other countries have stopped accepting poor quality recyclate, which in turn drives up the quality of the Materials Recycling Facilities in the UK, so good quality products can be offered on the open market.

With the recent emphasis on plastics, it is hoped that more legislation will lead to manufacturers using more recyclable plastics or other recyclable materials to package their products, reducing the amount of low grade or unrecyclable material.

You can help by making sure you don’t put any plastic film or bags into your recycling bin, and making sure the recycling is not contaminated with food or other items.

If you still have a question please contact us at:
(01732) 876147

Sand quarry

Ryarsh Protection Group: Sign the petition

From the Ryarsh Protection Group:

Please sign the petition that our MP is delivering to Parliament which opposes the West Malling Sandpit/Ryarsh Quarry:

Sign the petition

If you need help to understand how to complete the petition, please view this information:

Help to complete the survey

Recycling bins

Recycling ‘Bring’ Sites in the Borough

As you will be aware, the Borough’s new waste and recycling collection service will commence next year, offering a much improved recycling collection service from the home.

Materials collected for recycling will include plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, glass bottles and jars, cans, tins, aerosols and aluminium foil. Paper and cardboard will be collected separately and additional items collected will include textiles, small electricals and household batteries.  Also included is a separate weekly food waste collection and an ‘opt-in’ chargeable garden waste collection service.

This means that usage of many of our recycling bring sites (47 in total) will fall once the new kerbside service starts. This reduction has been demonstrated in other boroughs when a comprehensive kerbside collection is introduced, and the numbers of bring sites have been reduced or removed completely. Read more about Recycling ‘Bring’ Sites in the Borough

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Household Waste and Recycling Centre Consultation

Household Waste and Recycling Centre – Waste Consultation

Kent County Council’s ‘Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) Consultation’ launches today, Thursday 6 September 2018.

This consultation will help us deliver the Kent Waste Disposal Strategy and seeks views on the proposal to implement a charging policy for non-household waste materials including soil, rubble, hardcore and plasterboard, deposited at Kent HWRCs.

The 8 week consultation is available until Thursday 1 November 2018, and we would like to invite you to comment. Read more about Household Waste and Recycling Centre – Waste Consultation

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Trevor Ledamun

Kent Association of Local Councils – Community Award

This scheme was set up to give official recognition of members of the public who make significant contributions to their communities. The scheme is supported by the High Sheriff of Kent, the Chairman of Kent County Council and the Mayor of Medway.

On Thursday 5 July, Richard Wallis, Chairman of the Parish Council presented the late Trevor Ledamun’s wife with this award for all of his services to the village. Drinks and nibbles were served outside on a glorious evening and lots of stories and memories of Trevor were shared.

Horse springer in Trottiscliffe Recreation Ground

GROUND BREAKING NEWS: Replacement horse springer

Replacement horse springer installed with thanks to Councillors Jones and Baker.

The RoSPA report last year suggested the old equipment should be replaced and we hope that the children of the village will enjoy the new springer.

Upgrade to smart motorway - M20 front cover

Smart Motorway M20

Read the Highways England Consultation update here (6mb) >>

What’s next

Main construction works on this project will start in late May 2018. This will follow the implementation of narrow lanes in early May.

To implement narrow lanes, we will require a series of overnight closures.

The works will commence at junction 3 and move east towards junction 5. We will be initially working in the verge. Once the verge works are complete, we will change the arrangement of
narrow lanes and commence working in the central reserve.


2016 to March 2019: Design works

March 2018:  Start of advanced works

May 2018:  Start of main works

March 2020:  Completion of main works

Why we need this scheme

The M20 Junctions 3 to 5 forms part of a principal route that provides key links via Dover and Channel Tunnel to and from mainland Europe. As such, it facilitates national, regional and local
travel, and regeneration and growth. Furthermore, the route provides critical access via the M26/M25 to London, the airports of Heathrow and Gatwick and to the wider South-East, South-
West and the Midlands.

The M20 at junctions 3 to 5 currently suffers frequent delays due to the volume of traffic. This scheme will provide greater traffic capacity and more reliable journey times by improving the flow of traffic.


This scheme aims to:

  • reduce congestion by smoothing the flow of traffic to improve journey times and make them more reliable
  • facilitate economic growth within the region, by providing much needed capacity on the motorway
  • maximise motorway capacity while maintaining safety on motorways, which already are among the safest roads in the world

The scheme in detail

We are converting a section of the M20 into a Smart Motorway. Smart motorways use the latest technology to improve journeys by sensing traffic flow and setting speed limits accordingly to keep traffic moving smoothly, instead of continually stopping and starting. The smart motorway proposals on the M20, between junctions 3 to 5, involve converting most of the hard shoulder permanently to a traffic lane to create much needed extra capacity needed to support economic growth.

There will be more gantries and electronic road signs on the motorway to give information about road conditions and speed limits to help smooth the flow of traffic.

The proposed scheme will enable proactive management of the M20 carriageway, including the link roads from/to the M26 at Junction 3 (the junction with the M26) to Junction 4 including the junction 4 east bound off slip and west bound on slip.

It will also extend the existing variable mandatory speed limit to encompass the current hard shoulder between Junction 4 and Junction 5 including the junction realignments at Junction 4 and 5.

The scheme includes:

  • converting the hard shoulder to create a permanent fourth lane between junctions 3 and 5
  • redefined junction layouts to accommodate the fourth lane. Junction 3 and Junction 4
  • eastbound will have three lanes and a hard shoulder. Junction 4 westbound and Junction 5 will have four lanes and no hard shoulder
  • new and refurbished gantries with variable message signs
  • installing new electronic information signs, signals and CCTV cameras – these will be used to vary speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents
  • installing 5 emergency areas to use in place of the hard shoulder which include Emergency Roadside Telephones (SOS) and CCTV cameras to improve emergency service response times
  • improving the central reserve and adding a reinforced barrier to improve safety
  • adding new noise barriers in built up areas
  • replacement of the Teapot Lane Footbridge deck at Aylesford to accommodate the hardshoulder conversion to a running lane
  • resurfacing lanes 1 and 4 in both directions with a lower noise surface
  • improvement of drainage

To ensure the scheme is operational on opening, there are various factors that need to be
addressed. These include:

  • the removal of the steel central reserve barrier and replacing with a concrete barrier
  • road restraint in the verge
  • central reserve / hard shoulder hardening (i.e. removal of the soft verge)
  • construction of Emergency Refuge Areas
  • implementing new drainage systems
  • removal of existing signs and gantries and replacing with upgraded infrastructure
  • new communications infrastructure between the signage and the Regional Control Centre
  • new CCTV cameras with full (infrared) coverage
  • partial carriageway resurfacing with a lower noise surface

Emergency Refuge Areas

As the hard shoulder will be converted into a fourth lane, we will be installing Emergency Refuge Areas. On this stretch of smart motorway, the distance between safe places will be approximately 1950m. This includes both Emergency Areas and hard shoulder where available.

For further information on driving on Smart Motorways, please view our guide: How to drive on a smart motorway.

Because we are working within the Highway Boundary and our environmental studies so far indicate that air quality and noise impacts are not significant, we do not believe anyone will be entitled to compensation. Details on our compensation policies are available on the Highways England website.

Teapot Lane Footbridge

Teapot Lane Footbridge deck will be replaced to facilitate turning the hard shoulder into an All Lane Running lane as the height of the bridge is not high enough at the sides.

To cross the motorway without a footbridge, a temporary diversion will be possible via Station Road, which crosses the M20 approximately 450m to the west. This route is suitable for both pedestrians and cyclists with a delay of approximately 11mins and 5mins respectively.

Installation of a temporary crossing was considered but due to the limited space available this is not feasible.

We are aware this will impact people who use the local schools. We will liaise with representatives from local schools including Aylesford Primary and Pre-School and Aylesford Sports College and other local stakeholders, around the timing of the work to the bridge deck in relation to closures to minimise disruption. We will also engage with these stakeholders in relation to road safety and other relevant matters as well as working in partnership with local stakeholders to deliver projects to make life easier for those affected when the work is taking place.