When we first became aware that Celcon were withdrawing their application, and KCC Highways had cocked-up the Planning Permission for the Bypass, this site immediately called for a coalition of Parish Councils to be built as quickly as possible. Ightham and Wrotham have repeatedly told us during the last year that they are not against the Bypass, but against the building of a factory in the Greenbelt.
That coalition should have been put together quickly, whilst KCC were still reeling, and without screaming about inquiries, we might have got them moving on a real solution before they recovered. What we didn't want was them to get frightened about what they had done, and start digging foxholes.
The first Four Parish Meeting took place in July 2008, and after initial suspicions, settled down and became a very useful start.
Amongst topics discussed were Isles Quarry, the Bypass, Slip Roads, Potters Mede,and other relevant items. The general consensus was favourable, except from Sue Murray, who was very angry that slips were discussed.
2011= Alliance between the Parish Councils continues to prosper, and PC Chairpersons meet on a regular basis and share information, and provide each other with support.