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A HAIR salon boss has thanked firms for rallying round to help during the five weeks her flood- hit premises were unusable. A nearby kitchen company in


West Malling set up a temporary barbers’ shop in their show- rooms and two other hair- dressers provided space for stylists to work at their salons. Businesses came to the rescue


when Sue Smith’s High Street salon The Crop Shop was left flooded and covered in rubble and debris. The disaster happened after


the centre of the town was left without water because of a burst main. Sue was forced to close early,


but no-one realised that an up- stairs tap had been left open and when thewater came back on, it continued to flow overnight. The team of seven stylists ar-


rived for work next morning to find the ceiling had collapsed


Crop Shop owner Sue Smith (right) and her team in the newly refurbished salon


and newly-installed equipment and flooring were ruined. Sue, who had spent thou-


sands of pounds during the last year on revamping the salon, said: “It was heartbreaking.


TRANSPORT spending proposals during the next five years “present a truly bleak outlook” for Tonbridge and Malling, the borough council has warned. Members have expressed their profound dis- appointment in a strongly-worded letter to Kent County Council. The borough fears it would see little or no in- vestment from the Local Transport Plan (LTP) up to 2016 if KCC’s consultation draft became the final blueprint. Fundingwould be ring-fenced for the county’s designated growth areas of Ashford and the Thames Gateway, and the growth points, Dover and Ashford. Tonbridge and Malling was concerned that “so


little consideration” had been paid to the rela- tively high levels of development in the borough over the next five years, compared to other areas. The borough criticised the method used to al-


locate funds which, it says, was “illogical, iniq- uitous and ultimately counter-productive if it fails to support external funding from develop- ment which is already committed”. It was “quite extraordinary” that the LTP did


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Everything was ruined. This is an old building with exposed beams and they have had to be replaced. I had just had new flooring laid and new basins in- stalled the week before.”


Council’s plea over transport spending


not refer to developments in the Medway Gap area including Kings Hill, Leybourne Grange, Holborough valley and Peters Village involving £6m of private investment on transportation. A “glaring omission” was the absence of any mention of West Malling station where major improvements including a bus-train interchange were planned.A£250,000 contribution from the developer of Leybourne Grange would be lost if it was not used during the lifetime of the next LTP.


The borough said that while the draft was


“good in parts with much that the borough would wish to support”, it nevertheless pre- sented “a truly bleak outlook” for districts out- side the growth areas and growth points. It asked for a fundamental review of the docu-


ment as far as Tonbridge and Malling was con- cerned.


House-owner forced to sell


THE OWNER of an eyesore property in Ayles- ford was forced to sell up after Tonbridge and Malling Council took legal action. It is the first time it has used the enforced sale process to


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cover its costs in completing work which the owner had failed to carry out. The empty two-bed- roomed terraced house had been targeted by vandals and was in a poor state of re- pair. After attempts to get the owner to improve its condition failed, the council served an improvement no- tice, demanding work to provide better security and prevent further decay.


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Appeal to find a home for Henry


HENRY the hound is the picture of health – and he is looking for a loving home. But just a few months ago the young lurcher- cross was on the brink of starva- tion.


RSPCA inspector Andrew


Kirby said Henry was the most emaciated dog he had ever seen when he was called to the owner’s home in East Malling. But the story could have a


happy Christmas ending. “He has regained all his weight and would make a great pet for somebody,” said Andrew. Full story: page 9.


Malling Edition December 2010 No.164 Flood of offers to help save salon Neighbouring firms immedi-


ately stepped in to help.Martyn Ive, owner of bespoke kitchen company Danmar converted a back room at his premises so that barber Adam Navarro could continue to cut clients’ hair. Other hairdressers also pro-


vided facilities for Sue’s team who are all self-employed. Two stylists switched to Malcolms Hair Studio at Larkfield and one worked at Twylites salon at Dit- ton, while the three others went mobile to keep their clients’ ap- pointments. While supervising the final touches before the grand re- opening of the salon, Sue said:“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped and to Gary Fearon of Dexwood Properties who has looked after the rebuilding project. “I have got lovely loyal people


and they have kept me going as well.”


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