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Maidstone & Malling’s No 1 - 88,000 copies - 4 editions Maidstone East Edition August 2011 No.172 Huge new homes scheme unveiled


A HUGE mixed-use proposal that includes the creation of almost 1,000 new homes in open countryside on the edge of Kingswood has been unveiled. The radical plan has been made public in a glossy 18-page docu-


ment by Eco Build Partnership UK. Labelled “Broomfield Park – Europe’s finest sustainable eco-village”, the development is ear- marked on 120 acres of land, owned by Rob Schroeder, bordering Broomfield Road and Gravelly Bottom Road. The developer is lobbyingMaidstone Council to get the land ear- marked for development in its forthcoming core strategy.


The brochure outlines the introduction of: 450 open market “eco homes”, which in- clude a centralised heating plant for under- floor heating, photo voltaic roof cells and timber frames


200 affordable housing units 250 retirement bungalows, including 50 sheltered housing units


50-person care home 50 business units, including educational


Is your child the most photogenic?


DOWNS Mail, in conjunc- tion with Maidstone Photo Factory, is searching for Maidstone and Mallings’ most photogenic child. Free competition, Pretty


as a Picture, is open to chil- dren aged three months to three years and all entrants will receive a free photo sit- ting at the Headcorn studios of Maidstone Photo Factory. All entry photographs will


be available to view online at www.maidstonephotofac- tory.com, where Downs Mail readers can vote for their favourite picture. The winner will receive a pro- fessional portrait sitting and a gift package to include ei- ther a canvas or acrylic wall art image up to the value of £500, as well as being published in the paper. Every entrant will re- ceive a complementary 6x4 photograph to keep. To enter and book your sitting, call 01622 730730 mentioning the Pretty as a Picture competition. Appointments must be booked by September 12.


Top businessman found shot dead P6


County Show gets off to flying start P8


Floats and fun at Bearsted Fayre P12


and training facilities and a skills centre


Village green Primary school


Village hall with café, crèche, swimming pool, new parish council office, youth club room, library and digital cinema


Medical centre with doctors’


DEVELOPER Eco Build Partnership UK, which is based inWatford, insists that the homeswould fund the long-awaited South East Maidstone Strategic Link road. The suggested link is from M20 junction 8 to a point on the A274 Sutton Road between Rumwood Nursery and Bicknor Farm. “Traffic travelling north on Broomfield Road could be removed by the roundabout


PASSENGERS fighting for better bus services at Grove Green have won a victory. Arriva has agreed to provide


an extra journey to overcome overloading problems on the number 19 route to Maidstone around 9.30am. Regular bus users had contin-


ued their battle, highlighted in the Downs Mail, since cutbacks in Aprilwhen number 18 was re- moved, leaving them with a re- stricted number 19 service. Abarrage of criticism was sent


to Arriva after pensioners had to stand on crowded buses and had difficulties when a double decker arrived. The new service is included in several changes to timetables


surgery, dentists’ and optician Public toilets Shop and post office


Public house called The New Battle of Britain, which will in- clude a bar, restaurant and ac- commodation. KCC member says plan is “madness” - page six


Developer: ‘It will finance Maidstone south east link road’


at a north east corner, probably the only move this century to drastically cut the traffic through this historic hamlet, enor- mously enhancing the quality of life there,” says the document. It further argues that the creation of a


large new settlement and service centre is necessary to prevent the likes of Marden, Harrietsham and Lenham


P6 People power wins bus battle


around Maidstone in the run-up to the opening of the new hospi- tal at Pembury this autumn. Arriva’s publicity manager Richard Lewis said: “The new timetable will be introduced to- wards the end of September and further details will be an- nounced during August. Borough and Boxley Parish


CllrWendy Hinder said: “This is excellent news. Arriva has lis- tened to the residents of Grove Green.” The extra bus will start at ProvenderWay and go via Tesco. Passengers are petitioning for


the use of free bus passes from 9am from GroveGreen as well as an extra bus at that time and the restoration of an hourly service.


Volunteers could save youth club LENHAM Youth Centre faces an uncertain future under KCC pro- posals for amassive shake-up of youth services. The centre, based at Swadelands School, is on a list of county-run


sites that could close if nobody comes forward to take them over. However, County Cllr Jenny Whittle was hopeful that another provider could be found. She said she would be meeting with the parish council, school chiefs and other members of the community in a bid to safeguard the service. Under the reorganisation, KCC would no longer run youth services “in-house”, but would commission local groups and charities to run them. This would save £1m but could result in 64 redundancies countywide. CllrWhittle said: “Youth cen-


tres do not always have to be run in house. Why not trust local volunteers to do it?” KCC’s cabinet members were


asked to approve plans for a public consultation starting on August 1. If agreed, the overhaul would take effect from Septem- ber 2012.


Thinking furniture? ...you should be


Alyssa with her award for winning the London final


High note for


singer Alyssa A 13-YEAR-OLD Grove Green girl is looking forward to representing London in a national singing competi- tion.


Alyssa El-Shamma, a pupil


at Invicta Grammar School, won the regional final, held in Sevenoaks, of talent con- test Festival4Stars. She will fly the local flag


in the music category of the grand final in Glasgow on November 20.


‘thinking Lincoln’ The Big Yellow Building, St Peters St, Maidstone 0800 652 0102 www.lincolnfurniture.co.uk


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