Election of Bredhurst Parish Councillors


April 2024

Parish Council elections only take place when there are more candidates than seats available. For Bredhurst Parish Council the number of candidates (6) did not exceed the number of seats (7), therefore, candidates who applied are automatically elected.

Statement of Persons Nominated


April 2024

List of candidates standing in Boxley Downs Ward at MBC's elections on 2nd May.  Voters in this Ward each have TWO votes.

BPC Fights Local Plan


April 2024

Yesterday, Bredhurst Parish Council issued an official ‘letter before action’ to Maidstone Borough Council informing them we are considering bringing a High Court challenge of their decision to approve the local plan, which includes 2000 houses at Lidsing. The letter outlines the legal case for our challenge and MBC have 14 days to respond. 

We are very grateful for the strong support of our legal team from London based Landmark Chambers https://www.landmarkchambers.co.uk/and solicitors, Leigh Day https://www.leighday.co.uk/

Details will follow shortly regarding our new fund-raising campaign and we hope we can rely on your support.

Notice of election


March 2024


Maidstone Town Hall, High Street, Maidstone ME14 1TF


March 2024

A huge night tonight which will decide the fate of our area and our whole Borough. All 55 Borough Cllrs will be voting on the adoption (or not) of our Local Plan.


Lidsing Update


March 2024

Bredhurst Parish Council regrets to inform you that the Planning Inspector has concluded that the Maidstone Borough Local Plan Review is ‘sound’ subject to numerous main modifications being incorporated. This means the Inspector has given the go ahead for the development of 2000 houses at Lidsing. Please find a copy of the Inspector’s report attached (appendices available on request).

The development at Lidsing will not start for at least four years as there are many policies and modifications that must be agreed before work commences. This means that although the principle of the development at Lidsing has been agreed, our barrister who has been very critical of the Lidsing proposal, will examine the Inspector’s report and advise us on the further action we can take. The Local Plan detrimentally affects many villages, and we will be working with other Parish Councils who are also seeking legal advice to fight the proposals.

The Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Policy Advisory Committee (PIED) will meet on Monday 18 March to review the Local Plan which will then be discussed at Cabinet on Tuesday. The final vote as to whether Maidstone Borough Council adopts the Local Plan will be at a meeting of the Full Council on Wednesday 20 March.

We need your help. There will be a public protest on Wednesday 20 March at 5.45pm outside the Town Hall in Maidstone. Please come along with your family and friends so that the Councillors will see the strength of feeling against the Local Plan as they arrive for the meeting.

You may also lobby every Maidstone Borough Councillor by emailing your views to them by Tuesday 19 March. Email addresses are attached.

Start of Works Notice: Bredhurst commencing on 13th March 2024.


March 2024

Start of Works Notice for an upcoming scheme to install 20mph Signage in Bredhurst commencing on 13th March 2024.

Lidsing - Bredhurst Parish Council Response to Further Consultation

Lidsing - Bredhurst Parish Council Response to Further Consultation


February 2024

Local Government Elections - Thursday 2 May 2024


February 2024

Local Government Elections - Thursday 2 May 2024

Police and Crime Commissioner and Local Government Elections – Thursday 2 May 2024

Maidstone Borough Council has now moved to all out elections every four years.

Please see a copy of The Maidstone Borough (Parish Election Cycle) Order 2023.

Bredhurst Parish Council is due to be contested on Thursday 2 May 2024

Nomination papers should be hand delivered. Please attend Maidstone House Reception (NOT THE LINK) between the

hours of 10am and 4pm, any day from Monday 25 March 2024 up to and including Friday 5 April 2024.

There are 22 Wards and 35 Parishes up for election this year. Maidstone Borough Council is running a booking system to help with the flow and reduce the waiting time.

It would be in your best interest to make an appointment with the Electoral Services Team.

Please call 01622 602007 or email electoralservices@maidstone.gov.uk to make an appointment.

The Election Act 2022 has brought in many changes to the Elections. For your reference here is the link to the Candidates and Agents briefing held

on 8 February 2024. Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdCFfBp6zGk

See Election timetable below for your reference.

Lidsing - Borough Councillor Jones - Consultation Response


November 2023

Lidsing - BPC Consultation Response


November 2023

Statement Concerning CIPFA Member David Buckett


September 2023

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) investigation regarding Mr David Buckett (BPC Auditor TY 19/20) is now concluded and CIPFA have published the reprimand.


Community Barn for Hire

Blacksmiths Barn ME7 3JU


June 2022

Blacksmiths Community Barn is a newly built, fully equipped venue which is available for hire by:

1. Residents

2. People with an association to Bredhurst (work in the village, children at the school, belong to a Bredhurst club, charity or St Peter’s Church)

3. People holding a ‘community focused event’ (activity to help bring residents/non-residents together)

4. Local authorities

5. Corporate hire available if the hall is not already booked by 1-3 above

6. Other categories at the discretion of BPC

The hire charge is £15.00 per hour for categories 1, 2 and 3 above; and £20.00 per hour for categories 4, 5 and 6.

The Barn is ideal for Pilates classes, a meeting venue for clubs or businesses, family afternoon teas or baby showers - amplified music is not allowed so it is not suitable for parties.

For further details please email Mrs Wendy Licence Clerk and RFO, Bredhurst Parish Council at clerk@bredhurstpc.org.uk

GoFundMe - Raising Funds for Lidsing Legal Battle


May 2022

Bredhurst Parish Council has been fighting hard to stop the proposed development at Lidsing of 2000+ houses and an industrial estate. Plans also include the demolition of the M2 bridge at the bottom of The Street with a new bridge and spur road off junction 4 of the M2. The new road will be built in the field opposite the houses in Kemsley Street (in the AONB!). There will be houses on every field from The Harrow, Lordswood, Elm Court and Hempstead. We now need a barrister and other professionals to fight for us at the Examination in Public to be held later this year.

The initial work done by our barrister has highlighted several fundamental flaws with Maidstone Borough Council’s Local Plan. We need to instruct him and 'expert witnesses' as soon as possible to commence work in preparation for the Examination in Public. We must come together as a community to protect our village, otherwise Bredhurst will be lost, and we will no longer be a village.

Please give whatever you can to safeguard our future. You may give via GoFundMe https://gofund.me/d7101e4e or cheques payable to Bredhurst Parish Council may be sent to Mr S Hill, Clerk to BPC, C/O Englefield, Dunn Street, Bredhurst ME7 3LY.

If we do not reach our target of £26k, donations will be refunded. Please enclose your name, postal and email address with cheques. Funds will be ringfenced and administered by Bredhurst Parish Council.

Please print the poster and put it in your window!

Thank you for your support.

Community Playing Field Improvements

Community Field


August 2021

Improvements are now finished at the Community Field.  The pedestrian access has been widened and the picnic bench and seat are now on concrete bases.

Lidsing Garden Community opposition flier


December 2020

Lidsing Garden Community proposal


December 2020

Maidstone Borough Council is currently consulting on their Local Plan Review. The Review is proposing a new garden community of 2000 houses in Lidsing.

Information on the garden community can be found on the Hume Planning Consultancy website. Please note that if you submit comments on this website they will only be fed back to the landowner and project team and not to Maidstone Borough Council.

Bredhurst Parish Council is opposing this proposal and is working closely with Boxley Parish Council and other local groups to do so.

For more information please visit the Against Lidsing Garden Development Facebook group, which gives details of deadlines and how to submit comments.

End of year accounts


June 2020

The end of year accounts have now been published and can be viewed on our Reports and Audits page.

Bredhurst Community Group


March 2020

BPC has set up a group on Facebook to help residents connect with each other and offer and ask for help. It can be found here.

We have also set up a WhatsApp group for the same purpose. If you would like to join, please text your name and number to Cllr Jones on 07813 785940. Please be aware that your name and number will be visible to others in the group – asking to join will be seen as consent to this. BPC and Cllr Jones will hold your details securely and delete them if/when asked to do so, but we have no jurisdiction over how others store or handle them.

Temporary Road Closure - Chapel Lane, Bredhurst - 15th April 2024

Due to works planned to be undertaken by Openreach, it will be necessary to close part of Chapel Lane, Bredhurst, from 15th April 2024 with estimated completion by 15th April 2024.

Chapel Lane, Bredhurst, will be closed outside Forge Lodge, between the hours of 08:30 and 16:30 only. To the extent indicated by signs and barriers on site.

The alternative route for any through traffic is via Dunn Street Road, Dunn Street, Lidsing Road, Forge Lane and vice versa.

Pedestrian access will be maintained during the works.

The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce to allow pole replacement works to be carried out, works are undertaken by Openreach.

For the most up to date information on these works please visit: https://one.network/?tm=136211531

For information regarding this closure please contact Openreach on 08000 282 229, who will be able to assist with the scope of these works.

The Kent County Council Highways Helpline phone number is: 03000 418181

This bulletin contains public information and can be forwarded to any other road users who may be affected. Every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, but no liability can be accepted for any changes or errors.
Road names are taken from the National Street Gazetteer, which can be viewed on one.network, with alternative names given where known.

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