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RESIDENTS would have a total of six waste bins and boxes in a shake-up of kerbside re- cycling services being considered by Ton- bridge and Malling Council. Proposals, which could comeinto force next

April, include scrapping plastic bottle banks and providing households with recycling boxes and aweekly food waste collection. Officials are researching the cost of the new system, estimated at around £500,000 and a decision will be made by councillors inOcto- ber when the results of the procurement exer- cise are known. If approved, the scheme will run until 2019

when the council’s waste services contract with Veolia is next up for tender. Currently, households are provided with

two wheelie bins for domestic and green waste and a box for paper and card. Under the new proposals, residents would

Village faces more weeks of roadworks

ROADWORKS in the centre of Aylesford, which should have been finished in April, were halted by further delays. As the Downs Mail went to

press, residents had been told that thework, which closed the High Street to through traffic for several weeks, might not be completed until mid-July. The area is prone to flooding caused by problems with a cul- vert that carries the Aylesford Stream under the road to the RiverMedway. Work began in March, but

took longer than expected after contractors uncovered old serv- ice pipes which had not been recorded on surveys. Aylesford Parish Council was

Malling Edition June 2012 No. 182 Home waste bins may double

be offered an additional box for glass, plastics and cans plus two food caddies (one for the kitchen and one to be put out for collection). The bins and boxes would be emptied fort- nightly on alternate weeks. The plan is based on a recycling scheme

which has been running in Dover for the last year with a 55% recycling/composting rate. Tonbridge and Malling currently achieves 45%. A report by the borough’s health and hous-

ing officials said: “We have an opportunity to make a step change improvement to our kerb- side recycling services which will maintain our position as a “high performer” over the next seven years.” It was believed that an additional kerbside service would be welcomed by residents. Sur- veys had revealed “a realdesire to collectplas- tic, kerbside”, and this service would be

particularly supported by thosewithmobility difficultieswhocould not access “bring” sites. The £500,000 cost of setting up thenewsys-

tem would be offset by scrapping plastic bot- tle banks, currently costing £110,000 a year, and the income from recycling. Astand-alone contractor would be found for

the new parts of the service which would run alongside the collections already provided by Veolia. Phil Beddoes, the borough’s head of waste and street scene services, said: “If the cost is acceptable and the council does decide to move to these new recycling services, they will come into force in April, 2013. Following agreement by Kent County Council, suitable siteswithin the borough are being considered for a household waste and recycling site. Currently Tonbridge and Malling is the only council in Kent without such a scheme.

Cash to fight

Jubilee joy for Joseph – despite the downpour

told that the scheme had stopped again due to delays in establishing ownership of an unmarked water main that was partly blocking the culvert. During the project, residents, traders and motorists faced a three-mile detour through Ec- cles at times when the road was completely closed or restricted to one-way. Police fined drivers who ignored the diversion signs. One trader described the delays as “absolutely diabolical”. Parish clerk Andrew Flindell said: “It turned out there was a pipe blocking the way which wasn’t known about. People do complain and we try and get the latest facts.” County Cllr Peter Homewood said residents had expressed con-

cern and hewas liaising with contractors to try to keep everyone in- formed. KCC said that despite surveys being carried out before the work,

a number of unmarked service lineswere discovered, leading to the work taking longer than expected.

LITTLE Joseph Allen and his dad Jason (pictured)were among the crowds who braved the Jubilee weekend’s unsettledweather to join in various events throughout Malling.

Six-month-old Joseph dressed up for the big Jubilee Fayre,

which was just part of the cele- brations in his home village of East Malling. Street parties, fetes and fairs

went ahead despite the cold and rain. Turn to page 10 for more Ju- bilee pictures.

THE hardwork of the Friends of NevillPark hasbeen recognised with an environmental award. Formore details, see Town Talk in the central pages of this month’s Downs Mail. The bi- monthly independent magazine is written by and dedicated to Snodland andHalling residents.

Town Talk

alcohol abuse MAIDSTONE has been singled out as one of ten top communi- ties to lead pioneering work to tackle booze abuse on the streets of Britain. The county town, which has already received widespread commendation for its Commu- nity Alcohol Partnershipsmodel, is to get £90,000 over two years to help further educate young- sters about the dangers of binge and underage drinking. The money will be spent on a high-profile awareness campaign in the town’s 14 senior schools, as well as supporting the innova- tive Urban Blue Bus, a late-night free water bottle promotion around the town’s pubs and clubs and an increased presence at volatile ‘hot spots.’ Local authorities were asked to

bid for a share of a£1m“Alcohol Fund” launched by Tory peer Baroness Newlove, to help make their towns safer and better places to live. The Baroness, whose husband Garry was killed in a drunken attack in 2007, has campaigned tirelessly against Britain’s binge-drinking culture since his death. Angela Painter, chief executive

of theKenwardTrust,whochairs the substance misuse sub-group of the Safer Maidstone


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