Loose Amenities Association
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Better walking this winter A new path of crushed ragstone has been laid in the valley this summer,courtesy of volunteers at our Sunday working parties. The path will provide much firmer conditions underfoot for walkers if and when wet weather strikes this winter.
Volunteers will also be working to improve other footpaths in the valley in the coming months.
Our recent campaign to reduce the amount of dog fouling in Loose has resulted in a dramatic decline in targetted areas. Just a few months ago, thirteen piles of dog faeces were counted along the Brooks path alone, quite shocking considering how many children play in and along the stream. However, recent monitoring has seen the path free of dog waste. Old Loose Hill and Lancet Lane have also seen a considerable reduction.
We sought the help of Maidstone Borough Council, who are asking residents to inform them of problem areas so that enforcement activities can be targetted through the council's "Dog Watch" initiative. Dog Watch saw an increased presence by enforcement officers in areas identified as a problem and information provided, in confidence, by local residents has helped to help catch the tiny minority of irresponsible dog owners who don't pick up after their dogs.
New dog control orders were introduced in April. These orders make it an offence for a dog owner not to pick up after their dogs anywhere in the borough, and exclude dogs from any enclosed children's play area with a "no dogs" sign. £75 fixed penalty notices have already been issued and monitoring will continue.
If you have concerns regarding dog fouling you can contact MBC to report it on 01622 602202.
For more information on our weekend working parties in the valley please telephone 01622 743174.
Please note that there will not be a working party in December.
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Welcome to the website of Loose Amenities Association. The area lies to the south of Maidstone, Kent. At its heart is the picturesque Loose village, pictured above.
The Association owns 21 acres of the Loose Valley and is run by volunteers to preserve and care for the beautiful and unique environment of Loose village and Loose Valley Conservation Area. To fund this work we organise events throughout the year. Visit our Events page to see what's happening in 2013.
To become a member of Loose Amenities Association CLICK HERE
Christmas Carols Around the Tree
A very happy Christmas to all, and an invitation to join us for carols around the Christmas tree on Thursday 19 December in the garden of Tylers, on the bank of the stream in the heart of Loose village. We start at 7pm.
Brass band, traditional carols, hot mince pies and mulled wine make this the perfect way to celebrate the start of the holiday.
Site designed and maintained by Catherine Kenny. Last updated 09/12/2013