Wye with Hinxhill Parish Council

Working for Wye - past, present and future

Clerk: Debbie Baines
Parish Council Office, Unit 2B
Briar Close, Bramble Lane
Wye, Ashford, Kent TN25 5HB

Tel: 01233 812459

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And now some good news…

And now some good news…

Posted: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 22:30 by Parish Admin

The opening hours for Wye Library are set to increase to 28 hours, from 19 hours a week at present. A current Kent County Council (KCC) consultation document proposes to open Wye Library for an extra nine hours per week. This unexpected and positive change is part of a county-wide realignment which will affect all 99 public libraries, the five register offices, and the county archives held at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone. More »

There is also good news for the whole of Kent in that the Libraries, Registration and Archives Draft Strategy 2019-2022 proposes to retain all of the 99 KCC libraries. This approach is in marked contrast to the closure of 700 libraries in other areas, however, the redistribution of resources now open for consultation, will result in more losers than winners in terms of opening hours.

Bockhanger Library for example stands to gain an extra two hours per week, Charing Library five hours, and Lenham ten hours, but KCC's strategy offsets these gains for community libraries with reductions and cost savings in the opening hours at all of the larger town libraries. In the case of Ashford, Canterbury and Maidstone KCC proposes a cut of 13 hours each per week, from 55 hours to 42.

Based on evidence of current use and demand for a range of services KCC applied five criteria to each library: the number of visits and loans per hour, and the percentage of unique users, public computer use and attendance at events. Then KCC calculated a combined usage score and ranked each library before assigning them to one of five new tiers.

Despite the limitations of its small size Wye Library is in the 'Community Plus' tier as KCC ranked it a remarkable 32nd place out of all 99 libraries. Tenterden Library ranked 30th, but the town has about three times the population of Wye. Wye Library scored particularly highly in the number of books issued per hour and computer use, but KCC did not include the relative deprivation and needs of the catchment area as a factor. Consequently, KCC ranked Stanhope 94th out of 99 and Sherwood 99th and these libraries now face cuts of 8 and 13 hours per week respectively.

The realignment of opening hours is only part of KCC's response to what cabinet member Cllr Mike Hill describes as 'the challenges of the financial climate and a rapidly changing county.' In response to this situation KCC's draft strategy identifies five overarching ambitions and adaptations that reflect current demands for the services. These include wider aims to ensure that public buildings will be used to their full potential to promote literacy, and able to support social prescribing and outreach specialist services. KCC plans to review the usage of each library every two years, and will adjust the tier and resources according to the score.

To take part in the LRA Draft Strategy 2019-2022 consultation please visit kent.gov.uk/lrastrategy and complete the online questionnaire. Alternatively, hard copies of the questionnaire are available from all Kent libraries, register offices and Gateways. Easy Read and Accessible Word versions and other formats of the draft strategy, questionnaire FAQ and other documents are available online from the 'Documents' section here.

Please note that KCC consultation will close this consultation at midnight Tuesday 29th January 2019. » Less

Bookings open for the East Kent Ride 2019

Bookings open for the East Kent Ride 2019

Posted: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 22:00 by Parish Admin

Bookings are open online for the East Kent Ride, which will take place on Sunday 14th April 2019. The sponsored ride will start and finish at Olantigh Park, Wye. The spring ride through the North Downs area of outstanding natural beauty, has raised over £250,000 for charity over the past 42 years. More »

The three supported charities this year are Winston's Wish, which provides face-to face support and bereavement services to help children and young people cope with their grief and the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance which has already attended over 50 emergencies in the first half of January, as this live mission map shows, and flies in daylight hours 365 days a year. The third charity is Pilgrims Hospices which serves east Kent and helps people who are facing incurable illness to live well in every moment, in mind and body. » Less

Wye Level Crossing closure: nine mile detour for drivers

Wye Level Crossing closure: nine mile detour for drivers

Posted: Fri, 11 Jan 2019 22:19 by Parish Admin

Network Rail will close the road and footway over Wye level crossing from 23:45 on Monday 14th January, until 05.00 on Tuesday 15th January. This will enable enable engineers to make a rail foot inspection of the level crossing. KCC Highways advises drivers to take a detour of about nine miles via Harville Road, A28 Canterbury Road, A2070 Willesborough Road, Kennington Road, The Street (Willesborough), Hinxhill Road, Naccolt Road, Oxenturn Road, Upper Bridge Street, High Street, Churchfield Way and Bridge Street. More »

The Hinxhill Road is closed currently for emergency water main repairs. KCC's detour route relies on it being reopened in time.

Buses will replace the 23.40, 00.40 and 01.10 train services from Ashford to Canterbury. No London bound services will be affected by the crossing closure.

Network Rail also plans to close the Wye level crossing again on Sunday 24th February between 07.00 and 19.00 to move ballast. » Less

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