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Parking on path PCSO Maxine Martin admitted that cuts in the budget meant police could not enforce anti- social parking on pavements. A member of the public had complained that mothers with buggies had been forced onto roads due to vehicles on paths when walking near schools at pick-up or drop-off time. PCSO Martin said that with funds tight, police saw it as the re- sponsibility of councils and schools to ensure pavements are clear. Cllr Richard Ash re- ported that Maidstone Council was progressing with parking orders in other parts of the bor- ough to stop parking on verges.

Market windfall AN unexpected financial wind- fall came the parish council’s way from September’s farmers’ market on The Green.

Normally the market only at- tracts about 20 stalls, but in September there were 30 stalls, meaning more money was paid to the parish council in rent.

Name agreed

COUNCILLORS agreed unani- mously that the land to the rear of Mynn Crescent should be called Meadow Bank.

Water main repairs SPOT Lane had to be closed for a few days due to a burst water main.

POLICE officers have been guilty of under-estimating the regularity with which certain crimes take place in Bearsted. After previously comparing data on a year-by-year basis, po- lice now use intelligence to an- ticipate how many incidents are likely to take place in certain crime categories. These figures help officers decide where to al- locate resources.

PCSO Maxine Martin pre- sented the parish council with crime figures for April to Sep- tember this year and compared them with what police had an- ticipated.

In certain sections they had

BEARSTED Parish Council has pledged a £30,000 in- vestment to completely replace the play area on The Green. Maidstone Council closed the play area due to holes in the surfacing. Rather than spend hundreds of pounds on short term repairs to the holes, the council has decided to pay for comprehensive resurfacing and new equipment for pre-teenage children. There was a brief debate on whether the outlay should also include play equipment for teenagers such as a multi-use games area, but it was felt that Bearsted Woodland Trust – subject to agreement from within the organisation – would be a more suitable place for this. Cllr Richard Ash, chairman of the parish council, said the equipment on The Green was in a “sorry state” and would benefit from being completely re- placed. Eleven members of the council backed the

BEARSTED Parish Council's an- nual firework display promises to be another successful com- munity event.

Preparations for this year's event on Friday November 1 are in hand. A professional fire- works company will provide a pyrotechnic display that will start at about 7.30pm; for safety reasons last entry will be at 7.15pm. Gates to the Elizabeth Harvie Field open at 6pm and Bearsted Scouts will be provid- ing a barbeque and drinks. You can save £1 per ticket by purchasing tickets in advance. Ticket prices are £15 for a fam- ily of four, £6 for adults and £4 for children if bought in ad- vance. They will cost £16, £7 and £5 respectively if bought on the night. Advance tickets are available from Taylors

proposal in principle, with one voting against. The council has received four quotes.

See Letters, page 50 Enjoy the fantastic fireworks

Newsagents on the Green, Hun- kerdown Daisy, Thurham and Roseacre PTA's, Tiny Tots Nurs- ery School and Cavendish Cafe. They are also available online at the Parish Council Website with no fee.

Please bring a torch but not your car. Church Lane will be closed from 5.45pm until 8.15pm and the car park oppo- site Holy Cross from 4pm ex- cept for pre booked disabled spaces (contact parish office). Cllr Geoff Licence reported that Roseacre Raiders would be providing stewards, Jubilee Church would pick up litter and a small fairground ride might also be present on the evening. It was agreed to pub- lish posters for display around the parish to advertise the event.

Dementia wing plan wins support MEMBERS raised no objection to amended plans for a proposed dementia wing to provide 18 residents’ rooms at Barty House Nursing Home, Roundwell. However, the parish council said the scheme, which included the introduction of associated facilities and car parking, should only get the go-ahead if the four trees to be felled are replaced with semi-mature trees.

Crime figures higher than predicted

predicted more: there were eight theft offences compared to 23 anticipated and there were 10 incidents of criminal damage rather than the 12 predicted. But the general trend was that police thought there would be less crime in Bearsted than the reality.

This was clearest in violent crime, where 10 incidents had been anticipated but 23 had taken place, although PCSO Martin put this down to a change in the reporting of do- mestic abuse. Similarly, police anticipated 71 incidents of vic- tim-based crime but the actual figure was 78.

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PCSO Martin emphasised that Bearsted remained a low crime area, but said that the gap in this latter figure would be looked at. “You’re not experi- encing too many crimes, but seven crimes is enough for us to think: ‘Is there anything we can do to get Neighbourhood Watch involved?’” she told council- lors.

On average, residents in Bearsted are more likely to ex- perience victim-based crime than any other, with 9.4 people per 1,000 on the receiving end. The equivalent figure for vio- lent crime was 2.8 per 1,000 people.


Clerk interest THERE had been 22 applica- tions for the vacant position of clerk at the parish council. Cllr Richard Ash, the chair- man of the parish council, said the applications had been the result of enquiries made by 40 people. He said: “There seems to be some good people who have applied.”

Information query MYSTERY surrounded a Free- dom of Information request to receive copies of correspon- dence between the parish coun- cil and Paul Fisher, the head of Maidstone Council’s legal de- partment. “I have no idea what it is about,” Cllr Richard Ash, chairman of the council, said.

Junction 8 plans LETTERS had been sent to local MP Hugh Robertson and KCC reiterating the parish council’s objections to any de- velopment on either side of the A20 close to M20 Junction 8.

Bowls disruption WORK to relay the bowling green with an artificial surface at the bowls club in Church Landway began on October 7. Disruption was expected for six weeks from this date.

Fayre agreement COUNCILLORS agreed unani- mously to pay for refreshments and nibbles at the Bearsted and Thurnham Fayre presentatione vening on Friday, October 18.

Branch removal A LARGE branch of the willow tree by the pond on The Green was removed for safety reasons.

Painted railings RAILINGS on the Elizabeth Harvie Field have been painted, mainly by volunteer ladies from the Maidstone Passport Office.

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