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We need an attractive riverside MailMarks

MANY long-term residents of Maidstone will recall the indus- trial eyesores which despoiled the western bank of the Medway in the town centre. Most have now gone. Not all

have been replaced with the types of development many de- sire, but they present a better face of Maidstone than before. The Powerhub building has survived all

this. It has been improved, but has never been pleasing to my eyes. Iwas surprised when it became recently

a listed building. Now I see artist’s impressions of how

this site could be regenerated to create re- tail, parking, office and leisure space and allow the river walkway to be extended. The site of the old Tilling Stevens fac- tory could bring new life to this area of

GARDEN tools were stolen from Stanley Cottages, Lower Street, Leeds. A 1,000 litre water tank and a two-axle trailer were stolen from a farm in Lenham Heath Road, Lenham Heath. An industrial battery was

stolen from a water reservoir in Warren Street, Lenham. A patio door and window

were damaged in an attempt to gain entry to a home in Wents Wood,Weavering. Thieves smashed a window

and stole computer equipment and a mobile phone from the Hilton Maidstone, in Bearsted Road,Weavering. Doors were forced on sheds

and a summer house at three properties in The Landway, Bearsted.Agardenforkand



DENNIS FOWLE - President Kent Campaigning Journalist of the Year 2001 email:

Maidstone and create a very attractive riverside feature. I am up for that.

Light the way in cinemas WE were pleased to be shown to our

seats at Maidstone’s Odeon Cinema by a staffmember, aftermy previous comments abouttryingtofindour wayalone in a very black hole. But why was he dressed totally in black

and not carrying a torch? Entering these cinema rooms is very dis- orientating and the staff need to be very

obvious and helpful. And do the adverts have to be so appallingly loud?

Visitors face struggle I AMa strong supporter of the

lobby within Maidstone Council that presses for the Visitor Infor- mation Centre to return to the Town Hall.

The museum is the wrong location for

this very important service – off the beaten track and very badly signposted. Visitors will always find our lovely old

Town Hall – and Jubilee Square is now an attractive approach to it. When we tour Britain the visitor centre is usually our first stop – to obtain local infor- mation and to arrange accommodation. I suspect many do the same. I would not be happy, as a complete stranger, trying to dig out the tucked-away Maidstone centre.

Beat the criminals IF YOU CAN HELP, PLEASE PHONE: Police: 101 Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111

spade were stolen from one, but were later recovered from another garden. The lock was forced

on the cargo door of a white Ducato van parked in Quested Way, Harrietsham, and power tools were stolen. Thieves removed a window from a white Transit van parked in The Old Bailey, Harrietsham, and stole power tools. A window was smashed on a

silver Renault Trafic van on the driveway of a home in Chip- pendayle Drive, Harrietsham. Copper cable was stolen from

an overhead pole transformer in Bell Lane, Boxley. The conservatory door was forced and a window was dam- aged at a home in Park Avenue, Maidstone. A home in The Beams, Maid-

stone, was burgled. There was an attempted theft

from a Citroen Relay van, regis- tration number LB59 ZGR, in Forge Meadow, Harriet- sham.

There was a theft

from a Vauxhall Astra in Saint Welcume’s Way, Harrietsham. Two premium bonds were stolen from a home in Tudor Avenue, Maid-

stone. An intercom system was

stolen from the gate of a home in Old School Lane, Maidstone, leaving live wires trailing. The gas pipe was cut and two

blue Novagas canisters were stolen from the front of a home inWarren Street, Charing. Fishing equipment was stolen

from a shed at the side of a home in Headcorn Rd, Platts Heath. The suspects are de- scribed as white men. One was heavily built and wearing a brown body warmer. The other, who was taller, was wearing a blue/black body warmer.

Pool refused A PROPOSAL to extend a home in Sandling and create a new swimming pool has been re- fused.

Mr V Fry wanted to erect a two-storey rear extension and establish a pool in the rear gar- den of Myosotis, Chatham Road.

But Maidstone Council threw out the scheme on account of the proposed extension’s “scale, projection and proxim- ity to the boundary of Hillview”. A similar scheme was refused in November last year for the same reason.

Snap up a bargain BAG a bargain at a jumble sale being held by Maidstone Men- cap at Cobtree Hall, Mote Park, (School Lane, off Willington Street entrance), at 3pm on Sat- urday, March 16.

Call Margaret on 01580 891512 for more details.

Cherry tree can go MAIDSTONE Council has granted planning permission for the removal of a protected cherry tree at 23 Olivine Close, Walderslade. The scheme also includes reducing the crown of two oak trees.

Young sporting achievers celebrate their awards

THE achievements of Maidstone’s young ath- letes and their coaches were celebrated at the 22nd annual Youth Sport Achievement Awards (YSAA). The event, organised by Maidstone Council,

saw the presentation of 14 awards and 10 train- ing grants of £100 each, sponsored by the Ro- tary Club of the Weald of Kent and the Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust. St Francis’ Catholic Primary School Girls’ foot-

ball team (pictured) was named team of the year, following their battle in the English Schools Football Association Tesco seven-a-side tourna- ment last year. The girls were defeated in the semi-final, but represented the school and Maid- stone through their dedication, hard work and enthusiasm. The St Augustine Academy’s leadership team,

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a group of students aged 11 to 18 who organ- ise sporting events for primary school children, won the award for outstanding youth service to sport. A highlight for the team last year was run- ning the activities at the Leeds Castle Olympic Torch Event for over 1,500 people.

Sponsors of the awards included Golding

Homes, KCC, Kent County Playing Fields Asso- ciation and the Maidstone Leisure Trust. Other awards went to:

Sports personality: John Saunders YSAA Bronze: Abigail Clarke; YSAA Silver: Hattie Molloy; Service to sport: Tommy Harbord  Outstanding personal achievement: Lauren Lethbridge; Disability sport award: Edward Carter; Club of the year: Maidstone Hockey Club;  Primary school of the year: Barming Primary School and Palace Wood Primary School;  Secondary school of the year: St Augustine Academy and St Simon Stock Catholic School; Rising to the challenge: Luke Jarvis; Fair play: Peter Hipkiss.

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