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from losing their rural character to new develop- ment.


Local KCC member Cllr Jenny Whittle said she


“had a giggle” when she first saw the proposals. “It is utter madness and totally unfeasible,” she added. “They have gone to significant expense to put this proposal together so you assume they are taking it seriously, but it’s like Alice inWonderland stuff.” She pointed out that Maidstone Council had al-


ready decided to include in its forthcoming core strategy a proposal for new development to be of a “dispersed pattern” rather than concentrated on one large estate, as had been previously suggested. Cllr Whittle also felt it was inconceivable that the developer would have to pay enough in Section 106 contributions to cover the cost of the new bypass. She said that an absolute minimum of 5,000 homes would need to be built to reach the threshold re- quired to fund the £50m infrastructure scheme. KCC has no money


KEITH Cook, director of Eco Build Partnership UK, believes the new link road could be built for £25m – half the fig- ure quoted by KCC.


He said: “We are not talking about a full mo- torway bypass. The one inWest Malling is two lanes, but ours would be one lane each way ini- tially.


“We think the finances of this project can stack up. If we didn’t, we would not be wasting our time on lobbying Maidstone Council to get this in the local plan.”


to put towards the project andMaidstone Council leader Cllr Chris Garland earlier this year ruled out the link road this side of 2026. Cllr Whittle added:


“This development would concrete over some of the most beautiful countryside andwould destroy the local environment. It would be a nightmare for people residing in this area. “It is ludicrous.”


Top businessman found shot dead


A LEADING Maidstone businessman, sportsman and farmer,Mike Foster, has been found dead at his farm- house in Boxley Road, Box- ley, with a firearm wound. A gun was found nearby. Police are not treating the death as suspicious. Mr Foster, a popular 73-


year-old bachelor, helped found the local business of chartered surveyors, estate agents, auctioneers and valuers, Lam- bert & Foster. Educated at Tonbridge School, Mr Foster was a talented cricketer and represented his school in a match at Lord’s. At 16 he joined The Mote CC,


MAIDSTONE’s Mote Cricket Club has turned down the chance of hosting a star-studded match. Top internationals, who have played


for Pakistan, India and West Indies as well as England, could have performed in Maidstone on Sunday, September 4 for a contest between Lashings XI and a House of Commons and Lords team. But a pre-arranged colts’ family day


on the same date means the match will instead be held at Sutton Valence School. The Lashings squad includes such greats as Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq


Maidstone, and was a lead- ing off-spin bowler for about 40 years. He had the second best bowling analysis in the history of The Mote, taking 9-15 against Hollingbourne in 1963. He was a trustee of the ground up to his death. He was also a good squash player. He was proud of his live-


stock farm and fought a strong and successful battle


for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link run- ning through his land to be provided with a bridge for his cattle and sheep. About 10 years ago he had a serious stroke but recovered well enough to continue a full life.


Mote turns down big cricket match


and West Indies’ Richie Richardson. The final line-up will be announced nearer the time but Test Match Special legend Henry Blofeld will be commen- tating.


Maidstone Town Centre Management


aims to sell tickets for 30 marquee ta- bles, seating 10 people, at £500 a table. Proceeds will go to the 36 Engineers Statue Appeal. For ticket details and information on


how to be a sponsor at the game, call 01622 678777 or email: info@maid- stonetowncentre.com


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