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Parkers ‘put pupils at risk’

PARENTS parking precariously near Roseacre School are endangering their children, Bearsted Parish Council heard.

Community support officers said they had suf- fered verbal abuse from militant mums, deter- mined to park as close to the school as possible, with little regard for safety.

The Villager

Precept frozen RESIDENTS in Bearsted won’t pay any more for their village services than last year – despite a 3.2% rise in inflation. The parish council has man- aged to keep the precept at the same level, which means a Band D property will pay £25.80 for the year for services provided by the parish. However, funding for Bearsted projects from Maid- stone Council looks like being cut by 50% under the new parish services scheme. The council heard it would receive £14,280 in 2013/14 – only half what was received under the old concurrent functions grant.

PCSO Jim Stevens said: “Obstruction is a com- mon problem near schools all over Maidstone.” It was suggested the council write to Maidstone police after hearing how efforts to tackle the prob- lem through the school, the governors and the bor- ough council had only achieved temporary respite. Cllr Bernard Carine said he would like to see mobile CCTV in the area, followed by police pros- ecution of parking offenders.

Derek and Pauline Hawkins, who live in The Landway, said: “We have lived near Roseacre

Befrienders appeal VOLUNTEERS are needed to befriend the elderly and house- bound in Bearsted.

Community warden Adam McKinley is working with Brighter Futures to put together a team of people willing to chat to the elderly and lonely. He told the parish council much of his time was spent car- rying out welfare visits, but a team of volunteers would help ease the burden.

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School for 30 years and seen the parking prob- lems get steadily worse. Parents park across drive- ways, on the pavements – even on the grass. They park right up to the lollipop lady and children cannot see to cross the road safely. “It is an accident waiting to happen. We have tried to speak to the drivers, but just get abuse.” Community warden Adam McKinley said he regularly asked drivers to move their badly parked cars and said: “We also get verbal abuse.” Borough councillors Gordon Newton and Val Springett have pledged to raise the issue with Maidstone Council.

Cllr Michael Cuming said the idea of a walking bus could keep traffic further away from the school, but only lead to congestion in other areas. He said: “Most of the parking is not illegal – it’s just inconsiderate.”

Garages ‘an eyesore’ BEARSTED council is to tackle Golding Homes about the state of the garages in Cross Keys. Cllr Geoff Licence said the garages were falling into disre- pair, with one of the doors missing, being “visually intru- sive” and having an “undesir- able effect on the area”. Chairman Cllr Richard Ash agreed and said: “It is a lovely area and the garages are a bit of an eyesore.”


Cold-calling action A COLD-calling clampdown could take place across Bearsted, following research in Laxton Close and Bramley Cres- cent.

Neighbourhood Watch co-or- dinator Linda Sinclair distrib- uted a leaflet asking for the support of residents in moni- toring the incidence of cold- calling by salesmen.

The elderly are particularly concerned, the council heard.

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

01622 630165 Richard Ash

Clerk: Helen Elstone


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