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Maidstone & Malling’s No 1 - 88,000 copies - 4 editions Maidstone South 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

A MAN is thinking of taking legal action after what he de- scribes as a four-day hospital “ordeal” in Maidstone. Ian Collins, of Linton Road, Loose, says he experienced poor standards of care and cleanliness. Mr Collins and wife Teresa

spoke to the Downs Mail on the day they delivered a letter of complaint detailing what hap- pened after routine surgery on a knee cartilage in June. Mr Collins, 57, and origi-

nally from East Farleigh, ex- plained: “The knee operation itself was a success, it’s just everything else that happened afterwards.” As he came round from the anaesthetic in the recovery room, he suffered chest pains and his heart went into shock. He claims it may have been the result of being “manhandled” off the operating table.

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

‘My ordeal after knee operation’

Mr Collins was given mor- phine. But he is allergic to mor- phine and the anti-sick drugs that go with it. He demanded: “Do they not read medical notes?”

However, Mr Collins’s allega-

tions have been strongly denied by theMid Kent Treatment Cen- tre, which is run on behalf of the NHS by Care UK at the Her- mitage Lane site. Meanwhile, Mr Collins, who should by then have been back home after his “day” sur- gery, said he was wondering: “Will I live through this or- deal.” After being moved briefly to Maidstone Hospital’s A&E sec- tion he was transferred to its chronic cardiac unit (CCU). He was given others drugs

that gave him a nasty headache, which worsened to a mi- graine. This, in turn, made him violently sick

P4 Is your child the most photogenic?

DOWNS Mail, in conjunction with Maidstone Photo Factory, is searching for Maidstone and Mallings’ most photogenic child. Free competition, Pretty as a Picture, is open to children

aged three months to three years and all entrants will receive a free photo sitting at the Headcorn studios of Maidstone Photo Factory. All entry photographs will be available to view online at, where Downs Mail read- ers can vote for their favourite picture. The winner will re- ceive a professional portrait sitting and a gift package to include either a canvas or acrylic wall art image up to the value of £500, as well as being published in the paper. Every entrant will receive a complementary 6x4 photograph to keep. To enter and book your sitting, call 01622 730730 mention-

ing the Pretty as a Picture competition. Appointments must be booked by September 12.

Thinking furniture? should be

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 nine

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


Crack shot Tom is top gun

He sets

sights on more


TEENAGE sharp shooter Tom Latham won the top prize in a national schools’ competition. Tom (16), of Grigg Lane, Headcorn, was declared Champion

at Arms in the four-day event at Bisley. He was one of a 14-strong cadets team from Sutton Valence School, which enjoyed its best ever performance in the Na- tional Rifle Association competition, which attracted almost 100 schools. Tom carried off the Financial Times Cup and theMarlbor-

ough Cup while the team won the snap shooting event and came second in two others.

Four reasons for giving KENT Air Ambulance was called into action four times during the charity’s open day in Marden, which raised more than £8,500. Crowds watched as the ’copter took off for incidents around the county.

Government rap over gypsies


Businessman found shot P9

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