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A GROUP of parents whose bid for a free primary school at Kings Hill was turned down by the Gov- ernment may widen their cam- paign to include secondary pupils. The Kings Hill Five had pro-


posed opening a third primary school at a former University of Greenwich building in Alexander Grove because of the shortage of places at the Discovery School and Kings Hill primary. But their application to estab-


lish the Kings Christian School, starting with 30 pupils in Sep- tember, was turned down. The Department of Education indicated the group’s choice of site was too expensive and ques- tioned their methods for measur- ing the school’s success. Angela Vincent, one of the cam-


paign leaders, said: “We had 48 children signed up for 2012, and already had 34 for 2013 and even one for 2016. “We put a proposal together in


such an unbelievably short time, through blood, sweat and tears, only to end in rejection.” The department left the door open for the group to re-apply,


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Preston Hall is set to be restored, with a pro- posal for 318 homes nearby


DECISIONS on new housing developments in Tonbridge and Malling could adversely effect the neighbouring borough, according to a former Maidstone mayor.


Moonlit walk for charity


Malling Edition August 2011 No. 172 Focus shifts to new senior school


and Mrs Vincent said that after a break to take stock, they would decide their next move. Par- ents in the area have highlighted a growing de- mand for a secondary school at Kings Hill. Mrs Vincent said: “We put the foundation there


and we will probably build on this.We must be building up a secondary school issue at Kings Hill becausewe are so far away from the existing ones.


“That may be a real issue that may be worth


trying to solve all in one go.We are at least open- minded that it may turn out to be something dif- ferent to what we originally proposed.” Referring to the department’s issue with the group’s cost projections, she said: “It was hinted that if we were to apply again, we should get a cheaper building. It’s a bit questionable how that could work in a place like Kings Hill.”


Infrastructure fears over new homes Cllr Dan Daley was dismayed at TMBC’s de-


cision to allow Kingsway Properties to build 43 newhomes in Bunyards Farm, off London Road, Allington. As consultees, Maidstone Council objected, claiming it would cause "significant erosion" of the strategic gap between built-up areas. Cllr Daley, who represents Allington ward on Maidstone Council, fears things could get worse after theNHSandRoyal British Legion Industries unveiled plans for 318 houses on the old hospi- tal site at Preston Hall, Aylesford. He said: “I reallyworry about the impingement


from the outside over which we have no control whatsoever. Now you can see why I'm getting tickly about the road infrastructure." Tonbridge and Malling Council’s Core Strat-


egy, taking it up to 2021, includes plans for future housing along the A20 and in theMedway Gap - at Leybourne,West Malling and up to Snodland. Homes plan for historic hospital site - page six


Dog lovers growl over cows


DOG walkers are worried about cows being brought into their local park to keep the grass down. Some say they will boycott Manor Park, West Malling, while Highland cattle graze two of its fields. They fear the consequences of their dogs coming into contact


with livestock. Owners have been told to keep their animals on leads.


Other park users, including picnickers and parents with their children, are nervous about being in close proximity to cows. Paul Ottaway, of Cottenham Close, East Malling, who regularly


walks Dexter in the park, told a ranger of these concerns after no- tices were posted in the park without warning. "People are going to vote with their feet. They will use another


park," he said. Lack of consultation about the scheme also angered the commu-


Carol McGiffin with Amy Holder and Elise Cade (both 10)


MORE than 400 women took part in the fifth annual Moonlit Walk, which raised £36,000 in pledges for Heart of Kent Hos- pice, based in Aylesford. Encouraged by ITV’s “Loose


Women” presenter Carol McGif- fin, who grew up in Maidstone, walkers took on their chosen six or 10 mile route from David Lloyd Leisure Club in Kings Hill.


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nity. Parish council chairman Trudy Dean said a ranger had actu- ally told the park liaison committee earlier this summer that there were no plans for cattle grazing. But this month, the notices appeared. This was the first


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Memorial hope for crash victim


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Polytunnels given council consent P10


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