Road Closures

It will be necessary to close Benenden Road Swattenden Lane, Cranbrook from 16th September 2020 for up to 3 days.

The road will be closed from the junctions of Hartley Road to Tilsden Lane

The alternative route is via Non HGVs  -  Alternative route via B2086 Swattenden Lane, A229 Hartley Road, Cranbrook High Street, Stone Street, St David’s Bridge, The Hill, Bakers Cross, Tilsden Lane and Swattenden Lane

HGV diversion  -  Alternative route via B2086, A268 Rye Road, A28 Hastings Road, High Street Rolvenden, B2086 Benenden Road, Cranbrook Road and Benenden Road.

Iden Green Playground Closed Until Further Notice



The RoSPA Health and Safety inspection which was due to take place in July has been delayed and the Trust cannot take responsibility for the playground’s use until it has received the inspector’s report.


The Trust will be looking at what repairs, if any, can be undertaken in the short term to ensure that the equipment is safe to use, while also developing its plans for a full refurbishment of the playground.


Road Closure Iden Green Road 22nd September

KCC plans to carry out carriageway patching to Iden Green Road between the junctions with The Street and Standen Street.


The works are programmed to start on 22nd September and should take 9 days to complete. These activities will be undertaken during a working window between the hours of 9.30am and 3.30pm.


The road will be closed completely and the diversion route will be via B2086 Cranbrook Road, Swattenden Lane, A268 Hawkhurst Road, Gills Green, Cranbrook Road, A268 Rye Road, Megrims Hill, Sponden Lane and Mill Street. (And Vice Versa).


Annual Canvass


The annual canvass will be starting on 20 July 2020. The canvass is still legally required to take place despite the public health situation.

There are some changes to the canvass coming into effect this year, and TWBC has conducted a data step with the Cabinet Office to indicate properties that will have changes and those that do not. These results are used to determine which of the new routes of canvass a property should go down.

There are three routes :

Route 1

Playground Re-opening


Benenden Playground Rules

Update 23rd July

Benenden Village Trust is disheartened to report further issues at Benenden Playground.

Littering remains a major issue, and the Trust requests that wherever possible people take their litter home with them. The Trust has requested this specifically at the moment as part of its Covid-19 risk assessment.

Neighbourhood Development Plan Regulation 14 Consultation Complete

After a series of meetings, much discussion and study of national and borough planning policy, the Regulation 14 Review team have completed their work.  As I have described in the pages of this magazine over the past few months, we recieved a great deal of comments and suggestions, plus of course a petition from over 160 people.  All inputs recieved during the consultation period have been published on the NDP website by April here.