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MP to keep seat as vote defeated


SPORTS Minister Hugh Robertson is set to keep his seat fol- lowing a review of parliamentary boundary changes. TheMP for Faversham and Mid-Kent, whose constituency covers the east part of Maidstone, was threatened with los- ing part of his patch under the latest boundary shake-up. But theminister learned last month that his seatwould be


safe – for the time being at least. The Boundary Commission had proposed axing his seat


as part of the Government’s plans to reduce the number of MPs. The plan had been to split the Faversham and Mid-Kent wards between Canterbury and a new Tonbridge con- stituency. The revised boundaries could have helped the Conservatives to gain an extra 20 seats at the next election. But the Commons vote was defeated when Labour and Lib-


Dems opposed the Tories, putting the reshuffle back to at least 2018.


Head nominated for ‘unsung hero’ award In 2011, Lorna was called in to


ONE of the first nominees for this year’s Celebrate Maidstone awards is Lorna Priddle, execu- tive headteacher of St Michael’s C of E Federation. Lorna has spent years of her


life injecting passion and pro- fessionalism into schools. Ten years ago, she was ap- pointed headteacher of St Michael’s Infant School, at a time when it needed huge im- provement. In a short time, the school began to thrive and has now been rated outstanding in two Ofsted reports.


St Michael’s Junior School be- cause it was said by Ofsted to need help. In just one year, the school saw “rapid and signifi- cant growth”. Lorna is now a National Leader of Education, and travels across the South East support- ing other headteachers. She is in the process of helping an- other school in Maidstone and has set up links with an or- phanage in Grenada towhich St Michael’s sends clothing pack- ages and Christmas gifts.


Cabins scheme STEPHEN and Heidi King have submitted a planning applica- tion to erect two log cabins for holiday use at Knowle Hill Game Farm in Ulcombe. A supporting statement said:


“The log cabins would provide accommodation for people at- tending gun dog training days and the applicants would run a bed and breakfast service. “Following the end of the shooting season (end of January) the log cabins would then be used to house the seasonal work- ers. The cabins will be let for holiday use during August, and when they are not used for gun dog training. ” Maidstone Council will de- termine the application.


She said: “I’m passionate


about my children and chang- ing peoples’ lives.” Celebrate Maidstone is a com- munity initiative which re- wards Maidstone’s unsung heroes and seeks to make a pos- itive difference in the town. This year’s awards focus on ed- ucation. You can nominate a teacher, business mentor, sports coach, performing arts teacher, education support staff – or any- onewho has trained you in your life – at www.celebratemaid- stone.org.uk byMarch 31.


Planning appeal SHAUN Hannan has lodged an appeal after losing patience with Maidstone Council over his proposal to change a holi- dayunitinLeedsintoaperma- nent residential dwelling. In March last year, he claimed


that the short term holiday let at The Old Boathouse in Old Mill Road was no longer finan- cially viable and requested un- restricted residential use. But Maidstone Council’s fail-


ure to determine the applica- tion has led to him lodging an appeal. The council has since said it would have refused the scheme.


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