The aim of this page is to recognise, celebrate and encourage the self-empowerment of community agency networks (CANs) and community groups across Malling.

West Malling Farmers Market. Attribution: Philralph
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Location West Malling, Kent, United Kingdom
  • News Over 25,000 oppose quarry extension into ancient wood, woodlandtrust.org.uk (Aug 02, 2023) — "Over 25,000 of you joined us in responding to the consultation on the shocking proposal."
  • News Oaken Wood: The largest destruction of ancient woodland this century, stuartjeffery.net (Jul 17, 2023)

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This page is the beginnings of a portal for Malling community action, providing an introduction and overview. Other pages are shown in the navigation box towards the end of each page.

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

  • Kings Hill and West Malling Eco Hub on facebook.com, added 13:04, 27 June 2021 (UTC)
  • Kings Hill and West Malling Eco Community, Private group on facebook.com, added 09:09, 30 November 2021 (UTC)
  • Friends of the Earth Kings Hill on twitter, added 09:45, 15 October 2021 (UTC)
  • Tonbridge and Malling Friends of the Earth on facebook
  • Sustainable Malling on - Twitter @greenmalling - pinterest (sign in maybe required). This wiki page can also be viewed as a resource and information page for Sustainable Malling.

Events[edit | edit source]

Malling
UK
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Communigrow - Feel Good Gardening
Authors: Involve Kent
Date: 2024-03-08

Regular events

UK community action events

  • Event July 2024 — Plastic Free July, plasticfreejuly.org
  • Event Jul 06, 2024 (Sat) — CoopsDay, coopsday.coop
  • Event Jul 18, 2024 (Thu)Mandela Day, global celebration 18 July annually, to honour the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. A call to action for individuals, communities, and organisations to take time to reflect on Mandela's values and principles and to make a positive impact in their own communities, mandeladay.com

2021-2030, UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, International community action events

Communities online[edit | edit source]

  • eastmalling.net, independent project providing information and news for residents and visitors of East Malling

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

  • Pilsdon at Malling, community, based in West Malling. Christian-based Community with its ideals and ethos taken from the Pilsdon Community in Dorset. The first Pilsdon Community was founded in 1958 as a refuge for those in crisis.
  • Spadework, independent training organisation, based in Offham, which undertakes tuition in a number of subject areas for adults with Learning Disabilities.

Past events[edit | edit source]

2021

Nov 5 - 27, Kings Hill and West Malling Eco Hub's Pledge tree. Every small change we make has a ripple effect influencing and inspiring our friends, families, colleagues and shops and businesses.

Our Eco Hub is creating a pledge tree in West Malling Library. We hope to get lots of schools, businesses and groups involved to make a pledge to take one step greener and be part of a bigger community movement.

Make your leaf or leaves from some waste paper or card (preferably in autumn colours!) Write your pledge on it and post the leaf into the library during November.

We will add the pledges to the tree and share how the tree is growing on our Facebook page @KingsHillandWestMallingEcoHub. Kings Hill and West Malling Eco Hub on facebook.com

2010

  • Malling Harvest Festival Supper (link no longer available)

Local concerns[edit | edit source]

Overdevelopment[edit | edit source]

In common with many areas across the the South East, the constant threat of overdevelopment or inappropriate development, for example locking us into yet more car dependency, pollution and carbon emissions, loss of green space, lack of genuinely affordable housing and imbalances against community interests in the current top down planning system is a concern for many people locally.

14% of Tonbridge and Malling is 'Built on', compared to 6% nationally, Nov 9, 2017.[1] Because of recent and planned new housing the disparity is likely to be growing, with even more of a disparity for some parts of the Borough. It wold be interesting to know what the figure is for Malling and how this has increased over recent years...See also: Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

  • Kent quarry extension is one of the biggest threats of the 21st century. Hermitage Quarry expansion plans: If approved, the loss could even surpass ancient woodland losses from the Lower Thames Crossing and HS2 schemes combined, woodlandtrust.org.uk, added 14:04, 9 August 2023 (UTC)
  • Broadwater Action Group, based in East and West Malling,[2] added 12:35, 27 August 2021 (UTC)
  • Protect West Malling, public group on facebook
  • Ryarsh Protection Group, an action group working alongside Ryarsh Parish Council. "Our priority currently (2018) is to object to the proposed 'West Malling Sandpit' which is a large sand quarry located in Ryarsh."

see also: Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England#Campaigns

About Malling[edit | edit source]

West Malling is an historic mediaeval market town based in West Kent. Malling, West Malling and hinterland consists of the parishes of Addington; Birling; East Malling; Kings Hill; Larkfield; Leybourne; Mereworth; Offham; Ryarsh; and Trottiscliffe.

The area is unusual in that East Malling, Larkfield and Kings Hill are substantial communities with their own shops and facilities – however they provide the main commercial and industrial estates, leaving West Malling as a traditional market town offering retail shops, services and hospitality to the surrounding area. There are more than 500 businesses in the Malling area.

The parishes are within the Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council (offices at Kings Hill). The town is actually closer to Maidstone, County Town of Kent, than to Tonbridge; however both are substantial centres accessible to West Malling car drivers, but Tonbridge much less so for car-free households.[3]

See also[edit | edit source]

Near you[edit | edit source]

Gravesham - Maidstone - Medway - Sevenoaks - Tonbridge

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External links

References

  1. bbc.co.uk
  2. Press release, broadwateractiongroup.co.uk
  3. MAP Action plan 2009-2011, Introduction (link no longer available)
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Authors Phil Green
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Created January 28, 2014 by Phil Green
Modified June 30, 2024 by Phil Green
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