Ditton Parish Council
Ditton is a long narrow Parish which straddles the A20 (the old Dover to London Road) in Kent. Its main residential area has been steadily developed since 1922, when Aylesford Paper Mill was established on the banks of the Medway, and is situated on either side of the main road. The Parish has farmland to the South and Industry to the North.
It is unique in that it boasts the only ford in the Tonbridge & Malling Borough which, along with the 15th Century Church, is situated in a Conservation area.
Since it was mentioned in the Domesday survey of 1086, the population of Ditton has risen to approximately 6000 (including children) and the facilities which have been provided for these people during recent years have been comparable to those of much larger Parishes. For more information, read Ditton's entry in "The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent" Volume 4 (1798), pp. 455-63, by Hasted.
A Junior School was built in 1853 (when the population was 200) with a separate Infant School being opened in 1967.
The vision of the Parish Council in building a substantial Community Centre on land given to the Parish for social and recreational purposes has proved well-justified: it is extremely well-used for a wide variety of sporting and recreational purposes and, since it was opened in 1974, has twice been extended to provide additional facilities. The most recent of these being the addition of a licenced bar 'The Kilnbarn' (opened in 1986).