Issue No 28 : July 2010

An excellent meeting was held on Thursday, July 22rd at Rusthall Club. About 25 of us met to hear Rachel Murphy from Town & Country Housing Group talk about the new Simmonds Court. She explained that the decision to demolish the old building was taken because of its age and the fact that the bedsits had become difficult to let due to the shared bathrooms etc.

In the new building there will be 34 mainly two bedroom units with ensuite bathrooms and a few one bedrooms. They are all built to lifetime standards for wheelchair and disability access. The bedrooms are big enough for two beds and if necessary a carer would be able to sleep in the second bedroom. They are for the over 60s and offer independent, sheltered living. There will not be a warden as before but a Support Manager will visit each day and there will be a 24 hour communication system for emergencies.

There is no right to buy or shared ownership and the rents are set by government guidelines which are not based on the cost of the building. It is expected to be complete by May 2011. TCHG have a waiting list so if you are interested contact Rachel Murphy now. Most of the units will be given to people by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in line with Kent Choice Based Lettings. There are currently 500 on the waiting list for sheltered accommodation so you can see why it was so important to rebuild this one.

There will also be a community hall with access to the rear garden where Age UK are hoping to offer lunches, computer sessions, benefits advice and other activities for all over 60's in the village not just the residents. It will also be possible for the hall to be rented by other organisations.

We look forward to welcoming the new residents next May/June!

After refreshments and chat the chairman gave updates and information on several items:

Rusthall Elms/Middlefield building is proceeding apace. The Respite Unit will be handed over to KCC in December for fitting out and they hope to open in Feburary or March. The 17 affordable houses/flats will be managed by Orbit Housing Association and are expected to be ready by November 2010.

The first four houses at The Boundary end are also going up and should be ready by Christmas. They have already been sold or are under offer. Taylor Wimpey do know that they are not in Langton Green...

There will be 10 houses that will be permitted to go in and out via Edward Street. Some of us had forgotten this but it is in the planning application! The road to the Multi Use Games Area is in and the village car park should go in either in October or February as well as the games area.

Gladstone Road a temporary NO-WAITING restriction will be in place for 15 months from August 9th to provide access to the Simmonds Court site by construction company Denne.

The Olive Branch our new wonderful fruit and veg and delicatessen shop can now do deliveries on Mondays and Thursdays only. Phone number is 01892 516078 The bread comes from Rusbridges in Southborough and is very good! Try the SPELT or ITALIAN HERB loaves ...

Jean Burgess who used to be our vet runs a project for people with learning difficulties and mental health issues from Stone Ness Walled Garden in Ashurst offering social and therapeutic horticulture. The aim is to develop a productive market garden following organic principles where possible involving local community volunteers. If you can spare an hour or two, she would love to meet you. She is also trying to set up a fruit/veg box scheme for people who have been ill or who are house-bound and would like some volunteer drivers/befrienders 01892 740305 is the number to call.

Councillor Barry Edwards then talked about a meeting that had been called by the Borough Council to see if a grant bid could be put together to provide more security for Southwood Road Allotments. It was ageed that high chainlink fencing would be ugly and anyway would be very expensive! There will be another meeting for allotment holders in August. The Street Pastors have visited Rusthall and were asked to carry out further visits. This is a scheme run by the churches of the town with volunteers who work with the police to talk to late night revellers etc.

He stressed the importance of reporting every incident that you see anywhere in the village either to Ariana on 07813 695872 or Gemma on 07772 226054 or on 01622 690690 when you will be asked lots of questions such as post code etc as this is Kent Police's non-emergency number. If it is an emergency of course just phone 999.

Kent Fire & Rescue Service will visit your house and fit a free fire alarm or check existing ones. Just phone 0800 923 7000.

Have a wonderful August and see you all on September 23rd at 7:30pm when we will be having a look at our new Pembury Hospital with a computerised walk-through and talk.

at the Rusthall Social Club in St Paul's Street 7.30 - 9.30pm

23 September
25 November

Refreshments 50p at half time.

Membership of the Rusthall Village Association is 3:00 per person per year and is payable in May at our AGM.

Membership form HERE

Online newsletter editor Nigel Suckling
email: nigel.suckling@virgin.net

Useful Numbers

Jenny Blackburn, Chair 01892 546520   Email jennyblackb@googlemail.com
Town Hall (switchboard) 01892 526121
Ariana Sutton, Community Warden 07813 695872      
Fly tipping/abandoned vehicles 01892 548154       Graffiti hotline 01892 554159
KCC Highways for broken lights, blocked gullies etc. 08458 247800

Contact Kent Police
For all non-urgent incidents or enquiries, call 01622 690690
If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, call 999
If you are deaf or speech impaired, text 'Police' and your message to 60066
For news, advice or details of your neighbourhood officer, visit www.kent.police.uk