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home granted MR and Mrs Lott have been given planning permission to build a farm manager’s dwelling at Maplehurst, Frit- tenden Road, Staplehurst. The couple live two miles

away and made a similar appli- cation thatwas refused in 2005 as Maidstone Council felt there was no proof that the dwelling was essential for the running of the business. But the latest application for

New Barn Sheep Farm in- cluded information of a num- ber of thefts from the farm since 2008, including a tractor, trailer, water tanks, tools and up to 10 ewe lambs. The couple said an agricul-

tural dwelling was essential for security and to keep up with anti-social work patterns, par- ticularly during the busy lamb- ing season.

Workshop plans PETER Burton has applied to replace a car body repair work- shop as part of a scheme to build six homes in Staplehurst. His planning application re- quests the demolition of the workshop and two homes in converted farm buildings at Fishers Oast in Fishers Road. Should Maidstone Council

grant planning consent, there would be four two-bed homes and two with three bedrooms.


Town silenced for fallen heroes

MOREthan 700 servicemen, mili- tary groups, guests and civic dig- nitaries joined the Remembrance Day parade and service in Maid- stone. The fine weather also brought

out the public for the town’s trib- ute to the fallen. The parade, led by the Salvation

Army band, gathered at the war memorial, on The Broadway, for the Service of Remembrance, taken by the Rev Canon Christo- pher Morgan-Jones, Major GraysonWilliams, of theSalvation Army, andPadreMandyReynolds, of 36 Engineer Regiment (Search). Laying the first wreath, for the council and the people of Maid- stone, was the mayor, Clive Eng- lish, who also took the salute at theTownHallat11.25am along- side Lt Col Ed Robinson and

CHRISTMAS celebra- tions are set to get under- way in Yalding with the YuletideMarket. The market, which

draws crowds from all over Kent runs from 4.45pm-8pm on Satur- day, December 7. Father Christmas will

be there for the festive lights switch-on, and

Picture: Andy Archer

Gurkha MajorEkGurung, from the Queens’ Gurkha Engineers. Joining the parade was Com- mander Andrew Block, the new commanding officer ofHMSKent, and representatives from the 36 Engineer Regiment (Search),

Village into Christmas spirit

there will be carol singing, live music – and even guaranteed snow! Yalding Farmers’ Mar-

ket will be operating from 5pm, selling fresh produce, food, drink and Christmas decorations. There will also be a hog

roast and mulled wine. The High Street is closed to traffic from 3pm.

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Royal Army Medical Corp Associ- ation,RoyalNaval Association, the Maidstone branch of the Royal British Legion, the British Army Association, St John Ambulance, and the town’s sea and army cadets.

Road closed after crash A 79-YEAR-OLD woman was taken to Pem- bury Hospital following a two-vehicle colli- sion in East Farleigh. A blue Daihatsu Sirion collided with a sil-

ver Honda Concierto GLI at the junction of Lower Road and Dean Street. Police closed Lower Road between Dean

Street and Vicarage Lane for an hour to allow the Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance and South East CoastAmbulance Service to attend the scene. The woman, a passenger in one of the cars, received injuries to her leg and neck

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