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  • Cllr Gordon Newton (left) - DPC Chair & Boro Cllr, Jim Carmichael (right) - Volunteer
  • Enjoying a picnic
  • Encouraging the Tug-of-War Teams
  • Showing strength in the Tug-of-War
  • Piggy Back Race

Latest News

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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  • Community Safety Survey

    13th October 2021

    Maidstone Borough Council are currently undertaking a community safety survey which you may have seen on their social media channels and in the local press. The survey will be utilised to help develop their Community Safety Plan for 2022 to 2025. The voice of local residents and businesses is vital in understanding local perceptions and fears in relation to Community Safety. Please take this opportunity to have your say. The consultation closes on the 31st October. The consultation can be found here. Community Safety Survey - Maidstone Borough Council.  ...

  • Road Closure (Advanced Notice) - Gore Court Road, Otham

    8th October 2021

    Temporary Road Closure - Gore Court Road, Maidstone - 28th October 2021 (Maidstone District) It will be necessary to close part of Gore Court Road, Maidstone from 28th October 2021, between the hours of 08:00 and 18:00, with estimated completion by 1st November 2021. Gore Court Road,...

  • Messy Church Re-union Celebration

    23rd September 2021

    Otham church will be having a Messy Church re-union celebration on Monday 11 October 2021, 4 until 5.30pm. There will be craft, stories, songs and a light tea for all ages. If you would like to come along, even if its your first time then please email lynnkingswell@hotmail.co.uk or 01622...

  • Olympicnic Photos

    17th September 2021

    See Parish Council tab for photos of this year's Olympicnic ...

  • Bin Collection Update

    18th August 2021

    Due to staff shortages MBC's contractor is having to rely on more temporary agency staff than usual. https://maidstone.gov.uk/home/primary-services/bins-and-recycling/primary-areas/bin-collection-updates ...

  • E-Scooters

    29th July 2021

    e-scooters – know the law The following information was provided by Kent Police. We stopped you today because although e-scooters can be great fun, it’s against the law to ride one on a public road, cycle lane or pavement. What you need to know e-scooters are classed as Personal Light...

  • Update - Church Road Development

    11th June 2021

    Update re Church Road Development Despite the best efforts of Otham & Downswood Parish Councils in representing residents to fight the development, we now have to accept that it will go ahead in the forthcoming months. To that end, a meeting was requested to discuss the Construction...

  • 'Veterans United' Fraud Warning

    27th May 2021

    Latest News from Kent County Council Public Protection. Is this email not displaying correctly?...

  • Olympicnic 2021

    24th May 2021

    The Olympicnic will be back this year on Saturday 11 September between 12 and 3 pm.  This year's event will be bigger and better than ever.........further updates to follow! ...

  • Covid-19 vaccine survey

    14th May 2021

    Overall the vaccine programme has had good take up, however there are number of groups where take up is low or slower. Kent County Council and its partners are keen to understand further the reasons for this and have asked Activmob to speak to residents. As part of this work they have...

  • Anti-Social Behaviour

    14th May 2021

    The Parish Council continues to work closely with PCSO Kirsty Greaves in tackling the recent anti-social behaviour problems. Cllr Gordon Newton has held talks with the Police, Kent Crime Reduction, Maidstone Borough Council and Bearsted Parish Council to tackle the issues. This remains...

  • Keeping the parish clean and tidy

    14th May 2021

    Litter reduction continues in the parish. New volunteers assist DPC’s own litter picker and the regular team of volunteers as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. Thank you and well done to everyone in keeping the parish clean and tidy. ...

  • Dog Waste

    14th May 2021

    Please remove your dog waste by collecting in a bag and disposing of it in the appropriate bin.  You must pick up after your dog. If you don’t you may get a fine or even be prosecuted.  ...

  • DPC return to face-to-face meetings

    14th May 2021

    The Parish Council will return to face-to face meetings at the Community Centre on Tuesday 22 June at 8 pm.  Face masks must be worn and social distancing will be strictly followed. ...

  • Church Road - Decision

    7th January 2021

    Very sorry to report that we have today been advised of the Planning Inspector's decision regards 421 dwellings on Church Road, Otham. Regret to advise that the Inspector has overruled Members of Maidstone Borough Council and allowed the appeal by Bellway Homes. We are all gutted after so much...

  • Christmas Carols and Lights - Sat 7 Dec at 4.30 pm

    Christmas Carols and Lights - Sat 7 Dec at 4.30 pm

    25th November 2019


  • Christmas Bazaar - 30 Nov 2 pm

    18th November 2019

     Christmas Bazaar - 30 Nov 2 pm news article 2019 bazaar poster.doc ...

  • Wasps' Nest - Mallards Way Park

    10th October 2019

     Maidstone Borough Council will be installing a five meter cordon inside the wooden entrance gate at Mallards, close to the edge of the water.    This is to keep people away from the wasps' nest that has been found there.   Unfortunately it is not possible to treat the nest...

  • Wasps Nest - All clear

    7th August 2019

     The wasps nest at Mallards Way has been treated and the area has been given the all clear by Maidstone Borough Council. ...

  • Olympicnic - 7 September 2019

    31st July 2019


  • KCC Consumer Alerts

    28th June 2019

    Register with KCC and receive alerts about scams, doorstep criminals and doorstep sellers from KCC Trading Standards. Mental Health Awareness Week  www.kent.gov.uk/wellbeing https://kent.us9.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ce287... Read the latest alerts Driveways & Gardening Scam Alert ...

  • Annual Parish Meeting 4 June at 8 pm

    17th May 2019

    Downswood Annual Parish meeting will take place on Tuesday, 4 June at 8 pm in the Lounge of the Community Centre This meeting is open to all residents. Please see the agenda for more information. APM 19.pdf ...

  • Tree/Pond Warden Required

    24th January 2019

    This is a voluntary position – although a small honorarium may be offered – with training and support available. Further information can be found at: https://kenttreeandpondpartnership.wordpress.com There are well over 140 Tree Wardens, and just under 100 Pond Wardens, currently in Kent....

  • Road Safety Meeting 20.11.18 at 8 pm

    24th October 2018

    20 November - 8 pm   Downswood Community Centre In response to concerns expressed by residents, our Kent County Councillor Gary Cooke has kindly arranged a meeting on Tuesday 20th November at the Downswood Community Centre to present different options for traffic calming within Downswood. ...

  • Arriva No 4 Bus Timetable

    6th August 2018

    Bus Time Table. Arriva Service 4 has been revised and will run from Maidstone to Downswood via Ashford Road and Madginford instead of via Armstrong Road and Shepway. It will run every thirty minutes on Monday to Saturday. In Maidstone Bus Station, Service 4 buses will depart from Stop J3...

  • Colouring in competition

    Colouring in competition

    24th May 2018

    We thought it would be nice to have a colouring in competition for the little ones at this years summer fete at the community centre. You can download and print the picture(Here on site) by right clicking or you can wait until the day where the Downswood Parish Council stall will have copies for...

  • DPC Annual Meeting

    1st May 2018

    The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council will take place at 8pm in the Community Centre We look forward to seeing you there ...

  • Considerate Parking

    11th January 2018

    With parking in Downswood at a premium, may we respectfully ask that if forced to park on the public highway, you ensure there is plenty of space for emergency vehicles to pass – particularly on some of the smaller, congested side roads. Where applicable, try to keep vehicles off the highway...

  • 2nd December 2017


  • Parish Council Update

    1st March 2017

    Our County Councillor, Gary Cooke, regularly attends Parish Council meetings. He is very active within our community and supports our residents in many different ways. Read his latest update here. ...

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