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CELEBRATE Maidstone – the town’s search for a star competition – will be looking to honour the area’s unsung heroes from the Voluntary Sector this year. The awards – now in their third year – include


two new categories, honouring the next genera- tion of good Samaritans (young volunteers under 16) and those keeping Maidstone’s countryside and wildlife safe. Neil Pattison (left), chair of Cele-


brate Maidstone 2014, said: “It is not possible to place a monetary value on the amount of work vol- untary organisations and individ- ual volunteers carry out for the Maidstone community, but we are confident that this year’s focus on


the voluntary sector will uncover hundreds of stories of good deeds.” The winner of the Celebrate Maidstone Life-


time Achievement award will be announced in December, but the public are invited to vote for the stars of the other categories, which include:


Nine new houses A PLAN has been lodged to de- molish industrial units in San- dling and replace them with eight houses.


The planning application by Phil Fulker and John Burbridge also seeks to convert a Victo- rian barn into a single home at Tyland Corner, Tyland Lane. A supporting statement says Maidstone Council, who will determine the scheme, has con- firmed its support in principle.


Some of the Jubilee Training Centre students who will be helping out at the ceremony


 Star Business – job creation or training;  Star Sports – coaching, training, inspiration;  Star Performing Arts – music, dance, drama, media;  Star Clubs and Charities – training, classes, community support;  Star Education – volunteers supporting schools, colleges and further education. All the competition categories and the nomi- nation form can be found at www.cele- bratemaidstone.org.uk


Home plan ‘only way to save pub’


THE owners of the closed Har- row Inn in Ulcombe insist the only way the pub can reopen is if they build a home next to it. Philippe and Karen Debax-La- tour have made a number of at- tempts to gain some kind of residential element at the pub, in The Street, since 2005. However, interventions from Maidstone Council’s planning department and a government inspector have ensured that


there should be no change of use of the pub.


Now the applicants have asked that the pub is retained with an extension for staff ac- commodation and a dwelling. A statement says the pub is not viable without an incentive to attract a purchaser. “A change of use to provide a sin- gle dwelling and a public house with staff accommodation will achieve that,” it added.


THIS is your chance to thank your own ‘little gem’ from the vol- untary sector who has helped you or someone you know. Give your reasons for nomi-


nating your particular favourite for a Star of Maidstone Award at www.celebratemaidstone.org.uk. The closing date for nomina-


tions is February 14, 2014. It is free to nominate and you


could win a pair of tickets to the Celebrate Maidstone gala event on Friday, March 14, 2014, ex- pected to be at the Clive Emson Conference Centre at the Kent Showground, Detling.


Tree ‘takes light’ ANDY Lea has applied to re- move a protected ash tree at the front of 1 Rosemount Gardens, Weavering.


His application form says the tree is restricting daylight into the house and is showing signs of disease at the base of the trunk. He plans to replace it with a holm oak.


Maidstone Council will de- termine the planning applica- tion.


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