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Lights smashed POLICE are still seeking in- formation about criminal damage to the lights in Church Landway. The tops of the low level


lights have all been de- stroyed, causing thousands of pounds worth of mindless damage, and the police are out to get the culprits, the parish council heard. The PCSOs are looking at


the possibility of siting CCTV in the area. However the parish environment commit- tee needs to look at the cost implications.


TWOof the county’s top movers and shakers are backing Bearsted Parish Council’s oppo- sition to development at M20 Junction 8. Both Hugh Robertson, MP for Faversham and Mid-Kent, and Paul Carter, leader of KCC, have confirmed in writing they are united against any development at the site, as suggested in the borough council’s Core Strategy. Both the council leader and


the MP have written to Bearsted’s vice-chairman Cllr Denis Spooner. Mr Robertson wrote: “I am to-


tally opposed to any develop- ment at J8 and have made my views absolutely clear to both


THE parish council has wel- comed three new members. Alison Hodges (51) has lived


in Bearsted for 17 years. Married with two children at university, she has enjoyed an interesting career in the public sector, for the last four years working as a specialist dyslexic teacher at Bethany School, Goudhurst.


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the chief executive and leader of the council. I have also writ- ten in the strongest possible terms to express my total oppo- sition to any such plans. “I promise that I will do all I


can to support Bearsted and surrounding parish councils in this matter.” Cllr Carter said: “I will cer-


tainly do all I can to support local parish councils in a united opposition to the J8 proposals and to communicate our shared position publicly.” Cllr Spooner has suggested


that, as with KIG, the parish unites with the neighbouring parishes to express their joint concerns.


Alison is seeking to con- tribute to both the committee and the work of the Parish Council. Tony Kettle (66) lives in Bir-


ling Avenue and has been a Bearsted resident for 43 years. Married with two grown-up children, he is a retired fire offi- cer. He served on the parish council for eight years from the


Coalyard plans INTERNAL wrangling at Net- work Rail is holding up plans for Bearsted coalyard. The parish council heard two factions in the company were at loggerheads as to the future of the coalyard, which has lain idle for at least 22 years. Cllr Dennis Spooner told members: “One division wants to sell it, the other wants to re- tain it for car parking.” “We cannot carry on like this.


I think we should tell them if they do not decide, we will take the matter to ourMP.” The parish council has dis- cussed a range of possible uses for the coalyard, and is com- mitted to consultation with the local community.


Introducing your three new parish councillors


late 1980s to the mid ‘90s and on the planning committee, which he has re-joined. Alan Rowe has lived in Bearsted for over 30 years. He is an engineer by trade and an advanced motorist with the In- stitute of Advanced Motorists. He has become a councillor in the hope he can give something back to the community.


Council Office: Madginford Hall, Bearsted Telephone: E-Mail:


01622 630165 Chairman:


clerk@bearstedparishcouncil.gov.uk Richard Ash


Clerk: Helen Elstone


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