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Litter pick timing out UNFORTUNATE timing for a litter pick was noted by Boxley parish councillors. Cllr Paul Dengate reported to


the environment committee that Maidstone Council had cleared waste along Gleaming Wood Drive about an hour be- fore the refuse trucks collected the weekly rubbish, which caused even more litter once they had left the site.


Birch may be felled PHILIP Wallis has applied to fell a silver birch tree at 53 Olivine Close,Walderslade. The scheme, which will be determined by Maidstone Council, includes reducing the crown of two hornbeams and an oak tree.


Trees face the chop JILL White has been given per- mission to fell three protected silver birch trees at 51 Fau- chons Lane, Bearsted. She said there were health


and safety issues over the trees’ excessive height and falling branches. Maidstone Council said the trees must be replaced.


Rowan can go ELIZABETH Cobbett has been granted conservation area con- sent to fell a rowan tree in Fox- grove House in Eyhorne Street, Hollingbourne. She says the tree is diseased and the interior of the truck is rotten.


New look for lower High Street


UPDATED designs for the million pound makeover of Maidstone’s lower High Street have been revealed. After seeking the views of traders in the area,


the council has slightly amended the original scheme. Work, which is scheduled to start in April, should take six months and will complement the upper High Street, with the use of similar materi- als, including granite paving. The design will include a flexible events space,


new street furniture, seats and trees. Roads and laybys will be finished in Tarmac so that the kerbs can easily be seen. Cllr Malcolm Greer, cabinet member for eco- nomic and commercial development, said: “We have spoken to businesses and others in the High Street and made changes as a result of what they told us. “We have extended the granite paving and added


more trees and seating, and another loading area. We have reduced the grassed area to create a larger granite area for people to sit outside the restaurants and cafes in the lower High Street.


Oak frame home planned ARTHUR Houston has applied to build a three-bedroom home at 4 Croft Gardens, Lenham. A supporting statement said: “The proposed dwelling is to be constructed using an oak frame set on a 600mm brick plinth “It is proposed that a small additional park-


ing area be provided for on site, for occasional visitor parking, to be accessed through a tim- ber field gate.” Maidstone Council will determine the plan- ning application.


An artist’s impression of the lower High Street work


“We are also changing the traffic orders so that people can drop off and pick up friends in the area.” The exact cost of the scheme, thought to be around £1.2 million, will not be revealed until the contractor is formally appointed.


Hospice plans ‘Sky Ball’ A JAMES Bond-themed “Sky Ball” is planned to celebrate the Heart of Kent Hospice’s 21st year of- fering care, compassion, comfort and hope to the community. The gala evening with a licence to thrill will be


held at the Tudor Park Hotel, Bearsted, on March 15, and will include a three-course meal, live en- tertainment and a fun casino. Tickets are £60 and tables of 12 are available.


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