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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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  • W.Horse Lane Closure/Bicknor Wd Parking Restrictions

    20th May 2022

    Lots of work detailed on the attachments for the neighbouring parish of Otham.  This includes the White Horse Lane Closure (access will for pedestrians and cyclists only).  Vehicles will have to go via Gore Court Road/Pentecost Lane. Representations supporting or objecting to the proposed Orders can be made via KCC's website from 20 May at www.kent.gov.uk/highwaysconsultations or alternatively you can write to The Senior Parking & Traffic Regulation Officer, Traffic Management Team, Highways, Transportation & Waste, Kent County Council, Ashford Highway Depot, Henwood Industrial Estate, Javelin Way, Ashford, TN24 8AD by 12 noon on Monday 13 June 2022. Deposit Document Variation 42 Maidstone.pdf Site Plan - White Horse Lane and Pentecost Lane.pdf Site Plan - White Horse Lane.pdf Site Plan - Pentecost Lane.pdf Site Plan - Bicknor Green Loading Bay.pdf Site Plan - Bicknor Green - Waiting restriction.pdf Site Plan - Buffkyn Way.pdf Site Plan - Sutton Road.pdf ...

  • Notes - Bellway Homes Meeting 10.05.22

    16th May 2022

    The notes from the latest meeting with Bellway Homes can be found below: Notes from Bellway meeting March 10.05.22.pdf ...

  • Archaeological Report - Church Road

    25th April 2022

    The findings of the archaeological survey for Church Road can be found below: 04.22 Archaeological Excavation, Church Rd, Othampdf.pdf ...

  • Notes of Meeting - Bellway Homes 23.03.22

    25th March 2022

    Notes from Bellway Homes meeting 23.03.22.pdf ...

  • Wildflower Planting/Bee Corridor

    10th March 2022

    WILDFLOWER TURF/BEE CORRIDORS With assistance from Medway Valley Countryside Partnership and their team of volunteers, Downswood Parish Council has arranged for 40 square metres of native enriched wildflower turf to be laid at 2 locations on Deringwood Drive: adjacent to Reinden Grove and...

  • Spring Garden Competition!

    2nd March 2022

    Following requests to hold the parish Garden Competition in Spring, we are hoping to be able to prepare a shortlist of front gardens in early April, with judging carried out at the end of the month. It's time to think about sprucing up your garden! ...

  • Quarterly Meeting with Bellway Homes

    7th February 2022

    Representatives from DPC, OPC and CAARA attended a second communication meeting with Bellway Homes to discuss updates for the new development, Parsonage Place. The notes from the meeting can be found below.  MEETING HELD ON 26.01.2022 RE PARSONAGE PLACE.pdf ...

  • Walks in Kent

    31st January 2022

    Time to get walking again! At this time of year we start to think about the mud drying up and getting out to walk in the beautiful English Countryside again, but where to find new and interesting walks? There are many beautiful footpaths around and some of these are in the neighbouring...

  • E-Scooters

    3rd January 2022

    e-scooters – know the law The following information was provided by Kent Police. 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 Electric Vehicles (PLEVs), which...

  • Christmas Carols and Lights Photos

    10th December 2021

    Thank you to everyone that attended this year's Carols and Lights.  It was quite possibly one of the best that we've held! Maidstone Rock Choir , Cllr Gordon Newton on his melodeon, Father Christmas & his cheeky elf all helped to make it a special event. Here's a couple of photos that have...

  • Tree/Pond Warden Required

    6th December 2021

    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....

  • Christmas Lights Statement

    30th November 2021

    FESTIVE LIGHTING The Parish Council faces a number of challenges each year to bring you, the residents of Downswood, the festive lighting. In order to obtain an annual license, Kent Highways require full details of the proposal; including the size & weight of each motif and the number...

  • Remembrance Day - Downswood's Tribute

    16th November 2021

    We Shall Remember Them Photographs provided courtesy of Mr Ken Brinsley ...

  • Meeting with Kent Police - Violence against women and girls

    11th November 2021

    Yesterday, Councillors Kate Alden-Morris & Gordon Newton had the opportunity to attend a meeting with Kent Police to discuss the issue of violence against women and girls. This meeting was called in the light of various high profile cases that have reflected badly upon certain police officers;...

  • Olympicnic Photos

    17th September 2021

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

  • 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...

  • 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.  ...

  • 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...

  • 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


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