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Additional buses running

Two additional buses now run on Mondays to Fridays at 1745 hours from Downswood to Maidstone and at 1811 hours from Maidstone Bus Station to Downswood.

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  • Friends of Otham Church - Forthcoming Events.

    9th August 2022

    An illustrated Talk and Recital for the Friends of Otham Church  - in St Nicholas Otham (ME15 8SB) on Sunday 14th August at 3pm. The title is "Blind Travellers" and the music played will all be by visually impaired composers. The first half will focus on blind musicians, particularly...

  • Notes re meeting Bellway Homes 03.08.22

    4th August 2022

    notes_re_meeting_with_bellway_homes_02_08_22255.pdf ...

  • Wild Flowers

    3rd August 2022

    An update on the very successful wild flowers on Deringwood Drive. Two volunteers from DPC (one councillor and a councillor’s husband) will shortly be cutting back the dead flowers, which finished and dropped their seeds early due to the hot, dry spell. Following professional advice, the...

  • Access During Road Works

    28th July 2022

    The parish council has approached Streetworks and Bellway Homes to ask about through traffic access during the current road works. The response we have received from BH is :'The official answer is it is closed, and no traffic is supposed to be using it, Walkers are trying to be nice and...

  • Downswood Diggers Update

    26th July 2022

    Congratulations and thanks go to the Downswood Diggers who completely transformed the footpath between the Orchard Spot roundabout and the SSSI. Impassable, vegetation has been cleared - the route is now passable. It was slightly disappointing that more residents could not accept the...

  • Road Closures - Downswood & Otham (Update)

    15th June 2022

    The location of the closure for Deringwood Drive is at the junction with Church Road. This means that vehicles will not be able to exit out of Church Road onto Deringwood Drive, the works will be either side of the junction between Chiltern Close and Grampian Way. There will also be utility...

  • Church Road, Temporary Closure

    13th June 2022


  • Olympicnic - Saturday 23 July

    8th June 2022

    Make a note in your diary that the Olympicnic will be held from 12 noon on Saturday, 23 July in Mallard's Park.   Why not bring a picnic to this FREE event.  Lots of fun for all the family, with a variety of races and bouncy castles. ...

  • Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee Stone - Photos

    31st May 2022

    The Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee Stone was unveiled on Thursday, 2 June.   Pictures can be found under the Parish Council tab. This commemoration stone and plinth have kindly been donated free of charge by Councillor Gordon Newton.  ...

  • Garden Competition 2022 - Winners!

    27th May 2022

    We are pleased to announce the winners of this year's Garden Competition which was judged by Dale Evans, General Manager of Coolings Potted Garden Centre, Bearsted. Best overall front garden:  20 Church Road Best use of small space: 17 Grampian Way Best pots/baskets:  11  The...

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Latest photos

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Cllr Gordon Newton (left) - DPC Chair & Boro Cllr, Jim Carmichael (right) - Volunteer
Enjoying a picnic