We moved to Marden to start a family
My partner and I are both originally from North Kent. After years of over development in the area, we decided that we wanted to make a life change and move to the countryside to start a family.After visiting different locations in Kent we found the perfect place, the village of Marden. I work in London so was ideal for my commute and my partner had been offered a job in the village. It was the best of both worlds. The village has the essential local amenities; two pubs, corner shops, post office, library and primary school yet it was surrounded by beautiful countryside.We fell in love with our home, a gorgeous mid-Victorian house with huge potential. During the buying process we were aware of the current developments in the area but this hadn’t put us off as they were relatively small.Since moving 18 months ago we have extended our family and now have a 4 month old little girl. We originally moved to the village to give any children we had the best possible life, away from pollution and to promote a healthy, active lifestyle in the countryside. We have met some lovely people and it’s been amazing living in such a close-knit community especially since becoming parents.I am a keen walker and enjoy many of the footpaths around the perimeter of the village. The scenery is stunning and full of amazing wildlife. It makes me incredibly sad that so many habitats will be lost to the new development.Over the past year, work on two of the newer developments has started on the east side of the village. We have noticed that the village overall and our road is much busier throughout the day. Large lorries and building supply vehicles (for the new developments) constantly go up and down our road at quite a speed, to the extent that our house shakes. The roads are not suitable and they cannot be widened. I frequently witness vehicles struggling to pass without mounting the pavement. There are even sections of our road where the pavement is not wide enough and I am forced to walk in the road with my baby in the pram. If the road network is struggling to cope now, the building of the new development is absolutely going to cripple the roads, not to mention increase air and noise pollution.In the recent months there have been a spate of crime and antisocial behaviour in the village. This is inevitable to increase if the development goes ahead as the village becomes a small town along with small town problems.I absolutely love this village that I call home and will be extremely devastated to see it destroyed.Save our countryside, save our village, save Marden!
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